St Antonin Noble Val is architectural heaven. The most extraordinary buildings, many of them richly carved and decorated. There's been a lot of sensitive restoration in the last 10 years but there's still a lot of dilapidation. We go in Summer time to eat and have a mooch and go the cinema where they show VO films.
Friday, March 20, 2015
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
glass dish here
Did you know you can make pesto with spinach? Neither did I till my friend Sarah told me.
I made some for supper last night and it is absolutely gorgeous - fresh and clean tasting.
I never measure when I make pesto so just have a go with
A large handful of spinach leaves
A dozen ish walnuts
A clove of garlic
A glug of olive oil
A splash of lemon juice
Razz in a blender, tasting and adding more of one or other ingredient according to taste.
Check and adjust seasoning.
Can't really go wrong!
Monday, March 16, 2015
Friday, March 13, 2015
I could hardly believe my eyes when I saw this vertical garden in Villefranche yesterday!
The building is a new extension to the hotel across the street and I was so excited I ran in to tell them how brilliant it is and bravo for doing it.
Villefranche is such a gorgeous town but so quiet - shops are closing regularly - it's great to see a business doing well and expanding and having the audacity to do something like this. Now if they'd just open a café where you could get something to eat outside the hours of 12 and 2pm...
Which reminds me - we went to the gallery Les Abattoires in Toulouse on Sunday. Arriving at 12.45 we decided to have lunch in their restaurant first. "Sorry, lunch is over".
At 12.45??? Then a quick scan of the menu showed that we couldn't have eaten there anyway as it was 100% meat/offal.
We ended up having a toasted plastic bread sandwich with plastic mozzarella and tasteless tomatoes.
I tell you this country drives me mad sometimes.