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summer entertaining is the best

As a family we love to entertain …. be it a couple of friends for a cosy dinner around a winter fire; high tea in the garden with kids and dogs all over the place; a fun lunch with girlfriends …. entertaining friends is what we love best. My husband is a great cook, and generally when we invite guests he takes care of the main course, either  one of us prepare the entrée, and I handle dessert.   I get my cooking done earlier in the day, and while he is in the kitchen late afternoon...

jacques garcia in normandy

  There are many great things about living in Normandy, but one of the more amazing features in my part of the woods is the Chateau du Champ de Bataille, that has been lovingly restored, by Jacques Garcia, one of France’s leading interior designers. Monsieur Garcia bought the Chateau in 1992 and started the renovation immediately.  Dividing walls were removed to create large reception rooms, and the interiors recreated in 17th and 18th century style.  Part of the chateau is open to...

baked peaches and rosemary

Summer is with us and tis the season for last minute invitations to dinner, and easy to prepare food.  This evening is just such a moment.  Friends invited late afternoon,  stuffed vegetables, meat on the grill and rosé wine in the evening sunshine. We have the first peaches in season now, and I baked them with rosemary while laying the table.  Nothing could be easier.   Wash the peaches and pop them into a deep baking dish, or if you prefer a wide shallow pan. Cover with white wine (I used a...

normandy manor house for sale

If you have a secret, or not so secret, wish to buy and restore a century old manor house  in Normandy;  if you dream of patina, exposed beams, century old tiled floors and sprawling orchards….. if you’d like to live in the country where the only noise to be heard from behind your old stone walled garden is the chiming of the village church bell …. then you may want to read to the end of this piece. This stunning property is 90 minutes drive from Paris in the green...

my stylish french box – the may box reveal

I am excited to tell you that the May edition of My Stylish French Box has now been delivered so I can post the big reveal!    We love that our clients have the surprise of unwrapping our quarterly box, and so we never say what is in the box until each one has been received and opened.   Sort of Christmas every three months! The theme for this May box was roses and gardens, and we wanted to give our clients a box full of gifts that would remind them to take their time and with a truly...

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