Postcard From France

Mes Chers Amis 

As a child, fam­ily hol­i­days were so rare as to be an endangered spe­cies. We had pre­cisely two — one in Wales and the oth­er in France. The French hol­i­day near Albi was a rev­el­a­tion. I dis­covered Fran­coise Sagan, Toulouse Lautrec, gren­ad­ine, espadrilles, file paper with grids instead of lines, flat peaches, Sartre’s Roads to Free­dom tri­logy and auber­gines.  Apart from the nov­els of Sagan, an embar­rass­ing teen­age aber­ra­tion, I love them all still. 

I’m in France with two of my old­est friends and our com­bined total of eight chil­dren. Sartre and Lautrec have been sadly thin on the ground, but we’re doing won­ders for the loc­al peach and auber­gine crop. The recipe I’ve cooked three times already is this one, a feast I first ate on that French hol­i­day all those years ago.  

A bientot


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22 thoughts on “Postcard From France

  1. I just love the grapes around the door and the boy cut­ting cheese!
    Your obvi­ously much fur­ther south then us, autumn is set­ting in here in Brit­tany.

  2. There’s a scent of autumn in the air in the early morn­ings, but sum­mer returns after break­fast. The boy cut­ting cheese was tak­ing his job so ser­i­ously — and doing it really well.

  3. Here in the Char­ente Mari­time we have glor­i­ous hot weath­er today, if a bit muggy!
    Lovely pho­tos and all very famil­i­ar!
    Kar­en @ Lav­ender and Lovage

  4. Hi Gretchen
    The auber­gines are so beau­ti­ful. The striped and white ones don’t taste any dif­fer­ent, but they look amaz­ing.

  5. File paper with squares instead of lines — I’ve been buy­ing that every time I’ve been to France since I was 16 — along with packs of par­affin wax for seal­ing jam, pre­serving jars, little tins of fish stock powder,boxes of fecule…I am very jeal­ous. Have a great hol­i­day Charlie.

  6. Oh, you are in France just when I am not! That is too sad! We must meet up some day! The pho­tos are gor­geous and you paint a pic­ture of a France that I don’t see often enough. Lovely. ANd my moth­er-in-law lives near Albi and it is a town I love.

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