23 January 2009


It's a wet and windy day in Saint-Aignan. It's the kind of day when you just want to pull the covers up over you head and stay in bed. The temperature is up to 12ºC — that's the mid-50s F.

The view through the bedroom window this morning

Or, if you do haul your carcass out of bed, then you want to cook something good. At least I do. Well, I'm obviously up and moving around, so you can guess what my project is this morning: lunch. Something with shrimp, mushrooms, shallots, cream, and flaky pastry — pâte feuilletée.

This morning's French weather map

I see that much of the U.S. is damp right now too. Wherever you are, eat something warm, tasty, and nourishing, and be patient. Spring is right around the corner.


  1. Ken

    I will wait for February the 2nd, Groundhog day to see whether I should "whine" or be hopeful. The grey cold days are getting depressing ( -16C tonight and tomorrow night)

  2. I, for one, am thrilled to see the rain here in California. Seems we never get enough. It's been way too warm and dry around here. A little winter's what we need. I know that's not the case for you, though, so I hope spring hastens your way.

  3. Rain good. Drought bad. I'm enjoying our current gray weather.

    Today's gray-day lunch is squash and carrot soup, named "Golden Soup" when I'm serving a grandchild.


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