Muscovy Duck

Muscovy Duck
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2011 - My second year of blogging in Brittany

I felt I would like to share some of the photographs I have taken so far this year and some from other years. I live in a beautiful part of Brittany and just love being here. It's a lovely place to photograph and enjoy being in through all the seasons and hopefully this blog will show you where I live my life.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Christmas stuff

On Wednesday, after being assured by friends that it was not a dish you would only make once, I cooked Nigella’s Ham in Coca Cola. 

I did this with great trepidation, as a large gammon joint is not cheap, and I really love my boiled bacon.  I’m sorry to say that it is a dish I would only make once.  I don’t feel it enhanced the gammon in any way.  I didn’t finish it off with black treacle etc. as I am not looking for extra calories, but I did roast it in the oven for about 20 minutes to caramelize the fat, having removed the skin, as I often do.  Definitely not for me, sorry I don’t agree with you – you know who you are! 

Is anyone else having the problem with excessive quantities of mice being brought inside by their cats?  I must be getting at least two a day, sometimes more, and they are usually running around the sitting room/kitchen for a good hour or so before one of the three cats, usually Purrdy, manages to despatch them.  I come downstairs in the morning to find those little hard green bits from somewhere, not sure where, inside the mouse, lying on the floor, and all three cats lined up in front of the fridge freezer waiting for a little squeaky animal to emerge.   I have learnt to wear slippers and not go bare-footed until I am sure where the remains lie.  I am quite used to it, but I’m not sure that visitors will be as laid back about it.  Daisy even brought one in while I was prepping the veggies this morning. 

For those of you having turkey for Christmas, I thought you might like to see this photos from the blog  It was from an American who was having turkey for Thanksgiving. 

Well it's not a sunny bright day, but it is mild and so far it's dry here, which is always good for Christmas Day.  All my veggies are prepared and only the sausages to wrap with bacon and the gravy to make when the time comes.  I'm typing this with a glass of Buck's Fizz within hand's reach and I think it will be a good day!   My son, Matthew, and his houseshare friend are here and I've spoken to my daughter, Libby and my grandson on the 'phone. 

A Merry Christmas and a Happy 2012 to you all!

Three things I like:

1.   The anticipation of opening Christmas pressies.
2.   The anticipation of others opening pressies you have given them.
3.   Knowing everything's running smoothly for the big day.


  1. I didn't get on with that coca cola chocolate cake that the same person keeps saying is wonderful........ hee hee! Ah well you have to try some things to find what works and what doesn't.