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The Garlic Diary

The Garlic Diary

“Guilty” fingers!

October 18, 2011 by Robin

It’s a peculiar year for a walnut hunter. Normally now, in mid-October, the ground would be thick with freshly released clean-looking nuts–asking to be collected. After rainfall is an especially… Read more…

Run rabbit! run! run! run!

October 12, 2011 by Robin

POP!–POP!–POP! I’m reminded of the song*–[see the title above]–as I swerve and slow down on my way to the market in Realmont, avoiding baby rabbits and several pheasants who are… Read more…

“Allez les bleus!”

October 11, 2011 by Robin

The man behind me at the checkout in Monoprix early this morning said to the cashier in almost a whisper: “L’Irlande a perdu–Le Pays de Galle a gagné, you heard?” … Read more…

“Indian Summer”

September 30, 2011 by Robin

A puff of warm air strokes my face, as I walk the ridge ten minutes from home soon after eight this morning. There are mornings in August when I realise… Read more…

Peperonata

September 26, 2011 by Robin

Worth trying just for the beauty of it! It is the perfect time. The markets have red and yellow late summer peppers on the stalls and the tomatoes are sweet… Read more…

Categories: food, recipes

The fig in the courtyard

September 25, 2011 by Robin

The heat wrapped figs are Ripening fast; exchanging A dark green for light. It was the first thing we noticed when we came through the gate into the courtyard here–twenty… Read more…

Watch out!…walnut dropping!

September 25, 2011 by Robin

  As I was climbing the first hill on my walk this morning a single nut dropped with a thud on the road in front of me–missing my head by… Read more…

Forever England!

September 2, 2011 by Robin

I have to post about this: an event yesterday at the World Athletics Championships. A moment of pure magic: The Womens’ 1500 metres final. There’s an English competitor who only… Read more…

Simple is best when it’s HOT…

August 21, 2011 by Robin

It was 32C/90F at noon yesterday–HOT! I made a salad for lunch, involving grilled courgettes, cannellini beans, rocket and cherry tomatoes. A bit of a business and maybe on the… Read more…

“There’s a snake in the dependence*!!”

August 13, 2011 by Robin

… I pencilled in a note to Meredith who was in the middle of a skype conversation. Waltzing over there for a quiet read I was stopped in my tracks… Read more…