Well I have no motor to tinker with, no boat to clean, no speed enhancing things to invent and fit to Hector. I have spoken to the marina a couple of times and I understand that she is missing me as mush as I am missing her!
The other 'ladies' in my life need much less maintenance, so with the spare time on my mind, I have turned to God... just joking!...(although I did read a great book on philosophy recently, which would make an interesting post).
But yes I have a French cook book and I have started dabbling with French cuisine. I do like their slow cooking. It creates such tender juicy dishes. Last week I cooked a Pot-au-feu de Josue de boeuf (for you uncouth it means Beef Cheeks - and for mum that means casserole). The cheek is one of the most used muscles in the cow (they eat all day right), so very tough. But once the French have finished with it, it becomes softer than warm butter, juicer then the juiciest thing you can think of.
And did I mention rich. I write this as I peer over my rounding (yes I use the verb - it's still growing), stomach, and wonder if I'll get my six pack back, which only just emerged in the last few months - first time in 20 years. It's hard to find a recipe that isn't loaded with butter and cream or cheese. Then there's the chocolate, the French recipe for Beef Cheeks calls for dark chocolate. It had to be the 70% stuff and lots off it!
Well cooking is not all bad. Tonight I am cooking Choucroute garnie. This is a French Pork Belly dish with a bouillon jus. A little game...without looking up anything, the first person to add a comment on how bouillon jus is made will win a free "Sam McCully French Cooking" book.
Well, I'm no longer a cooking virgin and I've moved beyond my fathers boiled mince dish...both significant milestones in a young mans life. I'm beginning to develop some interesting insights into this cooking game. So keep an eye on Hectors website for updates. In the meantime, I have added a couple of photos to wet your appetite.
Cheers for now and remember...you are what you eat...and you become what you dream...
We're an ordinary family of 5 dreaming, planning and now beginning our adventure around the Mediterranean (and further afield), having an awesome time! Look out for our boat and come and say hi.