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Improvising in our Gite....

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....


Mushrooms in Amboise

12 November 2017 - 06:48 AM

Have to show you the mushroom counter at Leclerc in Amboise...




Ayrole in Chinon

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.

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

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!

The Berom√ľnster Wine Club - A Modest Little Swiss Wine Club

26 October 2017 - 07:30 PM

We (my wife Melanie and I) have managed to build a rather pleasant wine cellar here in Beromünster (about 20 minutes north of Lucerne) and we from time to time hold "just for fun" tastings for a small group of local English speakers.


We are cognizant of the fact that most of you live billions of miles away from us, however, it could just happen that some day you find yourself nearby. In which case it might be nice for you to know that a group of like-minded food and wine lovers are close at hand. 


You are always welcome and here is our club webpage and contact info should you ever need it: https://edmcgaug0.wixsite.com/thebwc