It has been a cracking week so far for receiving lots of country goodies. It started with Henri popping round with some salade and a rabbit paté that Monique had just made. People keep rabbits for food, the wild ones are few and far between due to some disease years ago which almost wiped them out.
This patè was almost like a meatloaf in texture, very well seasoned and full of pieces of meat. We had it on a brown baguette and the leftovers we had like meatloaf with leftover cauliflower but in a really delicious recipe I came across. Strictly speaking this is not a french recipe but I am including it anyway as it was so darn good. The caulis were on promo, it must have been a good year for them, it was huge and as there are only two of us there was always going to be too much for one meal. So take your leftover cooked cauli and cut into small pieces, put in a large bowl and add 1 cup of sour cream, I used creme freche as I had some leftover, 3 tablespoons of cream cheese, again I used boursin cuisine with chives as I had some left, 1 cup of grated cheddar cheese, I used a local cheese that is a bit like cheddar and a chopped onion. salt and pepper to taste
Stir all of this together- then get a large oven proof dish and butter the bottom and put the cauli concoction in, grate a goodly amount of cheese over the top, place in a hot oven for 20 to 30 minutes until the top is melting and there you are.
As I mentioned previously, the mobile apple juicer has bee doing the rounds and when we went for the milk, Alain gave us a bottle of the freshly squeezed apple juice, we quoffed it down with the pork sausages we had for dinner and it was awesome.
The next day I visited another farm not far out from the village. The family here produce free range chickens for a well known french brand. I went in my capacity as computer repairer or the docteur as Alain calls me. I went as a favour for Francoise and for my trouble was given the biggest guinea fowl(pintade) I have ever seen, it was the size of a good sized turkey and is now residing in our freezer.
Since we have lived here, we appreciate the changing seasons a lot more than in a big city or even a small market town like we used to live in the UK. Although the weather at the moment is not that nice, we still noticed the trees are particularly colourful this year. We took some photos the other day and I would like to share these with you.