Sunday, August 30, 2009

French Proverb

“In water one sees one's own face; But in wine one beholds the heart of another”
Summer, Aix En Provence by John Horsewell

Sunday, August 23, 2009

"Odalisque in Red Trousers" by Henri Matisse
The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved, loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves. by Victor Hugo (French romantic Poet, Novelist and Dramatist, 1802-1885)

Friday, August 21, 2009

Herbes de Provence or Provençal herbs

This is a repost from my other blog, The Seasonal Cottage. I figured with herb gardens in full bloom it was worth repeating.

Herbes de Provence, or Provençal herbs, is a traditional blend of aromatic herbs that flourish in hills of southern France during the hot summer months. Used by the handful when fresh, Herbes de Provence is also great using dried herbs. A blend of dried herbs can include thyme, basil, savory, lavender, fennel and marjoram. I keep mine in the traditional terracotta jars (as shown in photo), which keeps it wonderfully fresh. Herbes de Provence is a good addition to any dish and is especially good to coat chicken, chunks of potato or kabobs before roasting. It's also used for seasoning salads, sauces and cheeses, soups and stews. The following recipe uses dried herbs.

Herbes de Provence
2 tsp thyme
1 tsp basil
1 tsp marjoram
1 tsp French tarragon
1 tsp rosemary
2 tsp summer savory
1 tsp fennel seeds
1 tsp lavender flowers


Mix together all of the ingredients, crush with your fingers and store in a tightly sealed container.

Monday, August 17, 2009

There can be no happiness if the things we believe in are different from the things we do.” Freya Stark quotes (French adventurer and explorer 1893-1993)

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Wordless Wednesday

photo by Denise Dion-Sullivan

Monday, August 10, 2009

"Justice and power must be brought together, so that whatever is just may be powerful, and whatever is powerful my be just". Blasie Pascal

Wednesday, August 5, 2009