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This week we have focaccia with black olives, red onion and rosemary :)
For lunch it was paired with a light summer vegetable soup...and my honey ;)
For tea it was perfect with broad bean pesto, feta and sun dried tomato in olive oil, quiche, piquant peppers...and my honey ;)
Perfect end to a sunny, hot and lazy day...with my honey :)
RECIPE - Broad bean pesto
Cook 200-300gm of broad beans in salted water for about 4-5 mins, quickly immerse them in cold water to stop the cooking process and remove the skins when cold enough to handle. Place the podded beans in a mixing bowl.
Gently fry 4 anchovies (the sort preserved in oil) with 2 cloves of garlic that have been roughly chopped....remove from pan when lightly golden and add to the bowl of beans.
Even if you do not like anchovies believe when I say they only add a certain saltiness to the pesto.
Into the bowl:
Add the juice and finely grated rind of half a lemon.
Add 30gm grated parmesan....or even more to taste ;)
Add 4 tablespoons of good extra virgin olive oil.
Use a hand held blender to wizz the ingredients to a paste.
Makes a great dip or pasta sauce. It can be diluted with more extra virgin olive oil to taste.
We have just spent 10 days away in France, some of it in Brittany but most of it in Normandy.
Looking back at the photo's it seems it had a lot to do with food and drink!
We (Me, SB, and our friend JB) sailed to Roscoff overnight and enjoyed a meal in the great restaurant aboard the Pont Aven ;)
We were meeting up with the rest of the 8 sharing the gite the day after landing.
A little detour just after landing to Carantac where we had an early morning coffee in a quirky tabac/cafe. Yikes it was a bit on the strong side!
Next stop Morlaix for some breakfast but we ended up just having another coffee and a little shop in a wine place....;)
Onwards then to Dinan......our overnight stop.
We needed an early lunch at this point....so we did!
Galvanised buckets for the mussel shells we were about to devour.
I love, love, love Dinan (I've only ever been to Paris for a few days (was not that impressed for some odd reason....I know....shocking!! lol) and so this was my first taste of real France.
A wander around the town later and we ate in an atmospheric place in the evening.
Victor Hugo supposedly stayed in our hotel and there are quotes above the beds.
We had a nice breakfast in the hotel and went to the market to buy some cheeses for our week long stay....we had a little list of stuff we had to buy so we went to a supermarket just outside Dinan and had a field day looking at all the great fresh produce....our supermarkets need to learn a thing or two I think (it was the Intermarche chain if you are ever that way) :)
It was another 3 hours to get to our very rural part of Normandy.....a little place called La Foret Auvray.....you would never have heard of it if you had never been!!! Our gite was 2 kilometres from there......very peaceful but not so handy for a jaunt to a bar etc :)
Thanks for looking, I'll share a little more later
Married to the most fabulous man....the love of my life.
Lover of all things arty! But where to find the time to create and earn a living! You won't necessarily find the latest must have crafting goodies here.....I don't work in the craft industry......I'm just trying to do the best I can with what I've got!!! Hopefully it turns into something I quite like along the way. LOL
Constantly striving to improve.......constantly worrying that the "powers that be" will destroy the fishing industry and I'll be out of a job!!!
Forever grateful that I live in a beautiful part of the country.