I am renovating my house in Bordeaux (in Libourne to be precise). It is a big townhouse my Grandmother used to live in. No one has touched it in over 60 years. So needless to say I have my work cut out for me.
My next project will be the summer living room and I want it to be the place I retire to to do my thinking and writing. The winter living room will be more of a playroom than anything else.
Here is what I want the room to look like:
Talk about fresh fish! I thought I’d share this photo taken at the market this morning…
I don’t drink much. Too much eating! Not enough space left!
So not a big wine buyer. I love, however, everything that has to do with wine. The history of the wine families, the lavish châteaux, the glassware, the design…
My favorite wine store in the Bordeaux area is “Vignobles & Châteaux“. Not only is it two stunning shops with all the best wines available, but the owner and the staff have made it a place where you truly feel their genuine care for their customers and their product…
Go see their beautiful website.
I really love Asian food. Almost as much as French food (and American food, and greek food, and…).
Here is something I tried last week for the first time. It was amazing!
Marinated duck breast, seared (or grilled) with Teriyaki, Yakitory, Oisin, Soy reduction and citrus peals:
- Duck breast(s)
- Canola oil (1 glass)
- Oisin sauce
- Teriyaki sauce
- Yakitori sauce
- Dark soy sauce
- Lemon peals
- Black pepper
- Szechwan pepper
- Green pepper (or white if easier to find)
- Pink peppercorn (for decoration only)
- Put duck breast(s), all three kinds of pepper (1 tablespoon of each ground), canola oil and a bit of salt in a plastic bag in the fridge for at least 24 hours
- Take out of bag and remove excess marinade
- Put on grill fat side down first
- Cook to pink center
- Mix all sauces together (equal measure of each sauce) and add pink peppercorns (1 teaspoon as it has a bit of a bitter taste)
- Serve duck over white rice or with boiled potatoes on the side. Sauce mix on top with a few lemon peals
So here I was. 12:30pm. Hungry as hell. Hungry for Asian food actually…
I vowed to only write about French things I love here, but I figured that Vietnam was once part of the French Empire, that Samosas are from the French Islands and that China might one day own France anyway. Cravings, cravings, cravings!! So here you go.
My recipe? Buy the stuff, heat it up, eat!
As I was driving by this morning on my way to Château Petrus, I thought about my earlier posts on Chartreuses and had to stop to take a picture of one I love in Pomerol: Vieux Château Certan. So simple. So refined in every way…
One of my favorite quotes of all times. I am all about food. Food for the body AND food for the soul:
“As I ate the oysters with their strong taste of the sea and their faint metallic taste that the cold white wine washed away, leaving only the sea taste and the succulent texture, and as I drank their cold liquid from each shell and washed it down with the crisp taste of the wine, I lost the empty feeling and began to be happy and to make plans.”
I like this idea of a moveable feast. I hope that’s something my blog will help people do. Create their own version of heaven wherever they are. Too philosophical here! Sorry!!
My friend Sharon lives in Napa with her husband and two boys. She loves Bordeaux and purchased a charming villa on the outskirts of Saint-Emilion almost 10 years ago. It is a two-minute walk to downtown Saint-Emilion and its fantastic shops, wine stores and award winning restaurants. Vineyards surround the property and the garden is absolutely charming.
I am keeping an eye on the house when Sharon is in the States. The place was in ruins when she bought it. She has renovated it to the highest standards and rents it out through one of her companies: www.winevillas.com
Truly one of my favorite spots!