Special plates from Les Puces, Lyon, France

As most of you will know, I am a collector of plates and kitchen equipment! It will therefore come as no surprise that on our recent visit to Lyon,we headed for the famous Les Puces, the very large, famous antique, ‘flea’, market on the outskirts of Lyon, rated as one of the biggest and best [...]

By | 2017-10-04T18:00:22+11:00 October 4th, 2017|Antique asparagus plates, Antique markets, antique scallop plates, Asparagus, France, Markets, Travel|Comments Off on Special plates from Les Puces, Lyon, France

Preserved Lemons – three ways

Like most things, there a few methods to preserve lemons.  These are two of the methods I use, plus I have included the Greek method for you to try as well. See which one you prefer.  I tend to use the Moroccan method more these days. Preserved Lemons  Cut lemons into quarters. Place two tablespoons [...]

By | 2017-07-11T15:45:50+10:00 July 11th, 2017|Condiments, Condiments, Lemons, Mediterranean, Moroccan, Morocco, Recipes, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Preserved Lemons – three ways

Our last few days in Migennes, on the River Yonne, Burgundy

We arrived back at our winter base, always with sadness to finish the barging. Now it is the packing, cleaning, organising for the winterisation of the barge and our departures. We moored next to a lovely barge, Rysland, and met the delightful English, French, Swiss owner Sophie, who is the Captain and sometimes her own [...]

By | 2016-09-07T11:31:36+10:00 September 7th, 2016|Barging on the Betty B, Burgundy, Canal de Bourgogne, Culinary writing, France, French food|Comments Off on Our last few days in Migennes, on the River Yonne, Burgundy

Dinner at Hôtel de l’Est in Saint-Florentin in the Department of the Yonne, on the Canal de Bourgogne, France

It is a challenge finding a ‘perfect’ restaurant when you are barging along the canals. For me, this means a charming, pretty restaurant with a pleasant ambience and décor, with good quality, flavoursome, well-presented food, with a focus on the region; a small, quality wine list with a variety of price ranges; if you are [...]

By | 2016-12-07T19:32:13+11:00 August 31st, 2016|Barging on the Betty B, Burgundy, Canal de Bourgogne, Culinary Travel, France, France - wine, French food, French wine, Restaurants, Travel|Comments Off on Dinner at Hôtel de l’Est in Saint-Florentin in the Department of the Yonne, on the Canal de Bourgogne, France

The Canal de Bourgogne, Burgundy, on the Betty B

This season of May and August 2016, we started our journey from Auxerre, Burgundy where we intend to be for the next few years.  We barged north up the Yonne River and then we turned towards the east, at Migennes, to the Canal de Bourgogne.  We travelled along the Canal be Bourgogne for 74 kilometres [...]

By | 2016-12-07T19:32:13+11:00 August 31st, 2016|Barging on the Betty B, Burgundy, Canal de Bourgogne, France, Travel|Comments Off on The Canal de Bourgogne, Burgundy, on the Betty B

Date Harvest culinary tour to Marrakesh, October 2017

Morocco Beyond the Bay continues this year with many happy, adventurous travellers joining our culinary tours arranged by Cooking on the Bay and Edwina Golombek, chef and owner of the House of Fusion in Marrakesh.  A small group is about to depart at the end of August to enjoy their exotic adventure.  In these culinary [...]

By | 2016-12-07T19:32:13+11:00 August 22nd, 2016|Culinary Travel, Marrakesh, Moroccan, Morocco, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Date Harvest culinary tour to Marrakesh, October 2017

Our visit to le Château d’Ancy-le-Franc, in the little village of Ancy-le-Franc, Burgundy.

Burgundy is château country and we are fortunate to have two within easy walking distance of our canal.  Yesterday, we visited Le Château d’Ancy-le-Franc, in the little village of Ancy-le-Franc is an amazing Renaissance ‘palace’, built by the Italian architect Serlio who was the architect of Francois I. It was built for Count Antione III [...]

By | 2016-12-07T19:32:25+11:00 August 21st, 2016|Barging on the Betty B, Burgundy, Canal de Bourgogne, Chateau d'Ancy-le-Franc, France, Travel|Comments Off on Our visit to le Château d’Ancy-le-Franc, in the little village of Ancy-le-Franc, Burgundy.

Barging along the Canal de Bourgogne

It has been warm, hot really, with sunny, blue skies; absolutely marvellous. Makes you feel good when you wake to peaceful, warm mornings. The scenery is magnificent on this Canal de Bourgogne and we are enjoying every minute. It is said to be one of the most beautiful canal trips in France and it is [...]

By | 2016-08-18T20:35:48+10:00 August 18th, 2016|Barging on the Betty B, France, Travel|Comments Off on Barging along the Canal de Bourgogne

Back in France on the Betty B barging in Burgundy August 2016

Migennes and our dinner of cabillaud. Migennes, in Burgundy, is a short two hour drive south from Paris Charles de Gaulle airport. We arrived at CDG on an early flight out of Hong Kong, with Michael feeling very poorly, collected the Europcar and off we went GPS directing us to Auxerre where we need to [...]

By | 2016-12-07T19:32:25+11:00 August 18th, 2016|Barging on the Betty B, Culinary Travel, France, Travel|Comments Off on Back in France on the Betty B barging in Burgundy August 2016

Dee Nolan’s wonderful book ‘A food lover’s pilgrimage to France…’, wine, food, history, people and produce along the way of St James

I loved everything about this book! ‘A food lover’s pilgrimage to France: from the vineyards of Burgundy to the mountains of the Basque country food, wine, walking and history on the French pilgrim paths to Santiago de Compostella’ - it is one of the best books I have ever read. Remember, in my former life, [...]

By | 2016-12-07T19:32:26+11:00 February 16th, 2016|Books, Culinary writing, France, France - wine, France and cooking, French food, French wine|Comments Off on Dee Nolan’s wonderful book ‘A food lover’s pilgrimage to France…’, wine, food, history, people and produce along the way of St James