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#1419142 Improvising in our Gite....

Posted by SWISS_CHEF on 15 November 2017 - 09:07 PM

Beautiful! I hope you shared with that interested pupper;)

Yep, he gets anything we won't eat.

#1419094 Improvising in our Gite....

Posted by SWISS_CHEF on 14 November 2017 - 09:26 PM

We were in Le Clerc today and Melanie notices this special window at the butcher's counter with 30-day aged Charloais beef. Now, normally such a thing is of little interest to me 😉 but I felt an obligation to keep my girl happy so we phoned our banker in Switzerland and surprisingly he OK'd our purchase.

Living in a Gite for the week, we had to make a few adjustments to the cooking process because the "grill" which at one time had four legs, now only boasted one and that one refused to be removed and the remaining refused to be attached, resulting in an awkward cooking surface so we had to improvise by pilfering the grate and using it in the fireplace.

Here are a few photos of our adventure....


#1418909 Ayrole in Chinon

Posted by SWISS_CHEF on 11 November 2017 - 06:54 PM

We revisited a pastry shop called Ayrole in Chinon that we went to 24 years ago and were happy to find that it is still open and everything is just the same, maybe better.

#1418057 So I put some chicken bones on a slow simmer...

Posted by SWISS_CHEF on 27 October 2017 - 02:40 PM

So I put some chicken bones on a slow simmer to make a stock and after about an hour it starts to smell really nice. So I say "wow I can really smell my stock" and Mel (my wife) says WHAT? Smell your socks? That's gross! .... It's hell to be an old-aged foodie!

#604739 Bay Rum Cologne

Posted by SWISS_CHEF on 09 July 2005 - 06:35 AM

I ran across this Recipe for Bay Rum. I love the smell of this stuff. Has anyone tried this? Does it work? Can it really be so simple? Do you suppose I should use white or dark rum?

#588423 Cigars and Cognac

Posted by SWISS_CHEF on 14 May 2005 - 06:15 PM

I didn't see a topic dedicated to the subject of cigars and Cognac so here it is!

Let me say from the get-go that I am no expert, only a willing participant. I am fortunate to live in Switzerland where we have no trouble obtaining Cuban cigars and because I live near the border with France and Germany I have access to a very wide range of Cognacs and cigars. I don't spent a lot either.... the most expensive cognac is €44 ($60). The cigars are an even better value at less than a buck each, but I assure you they have been perfectly kept and are moist and fresh very nice to smoke.

Here are the Cognacs that I have open at the moment
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They are (left to right)
Beaubourg VSOP
Jean Pierre Delatour XO
Davidoff Classic
Jules Gautret 3ème
Reme Martin "Club"

The Cigars are Guantanamera's , Compay and Dècimos (Cuban)
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PS: I think cigars and Cognac are as much of a hobby for women as men. Please feel free to post here too ladies. :)

#585113 Foods that used to taste good

Posted by SWISS_CHEF on 01 May 2005 - 12:00 PM

When I was in college I used to live off of those family packs of pre-made beef and bean burritos.....50 seconds in the micro and hey presto! I thought they were the perfect food!
:blink: UGH!