Category Archives: Life in southwest France

A brine too far

This posting will move swiftly along the path from a favourite food of mine (pork) to my recent experiments with a cooking technique (brining meats). Fasten your seat belts. I’ll begin by admitting I’m a sucker for pork. When we … Continue reading

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A river runs through it

Okay, it’s more like a large stream than a river, but I like this title, and I thought it would be a good way to reveal a happy discovery: another fine-dining restaurant, not far from Daglan. The place is Restaurant … Continue reading

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Eating seriously local

Occasionally,  new made-up words (neologisms, if you must) make my teeth ache. Like, for example, glamping. (I simply can’t reconcile the concepts of “glamour” and “camping.”) And then there’s locavore, referring to someone who prefers to eat food that is … Continue reading

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The Mayor’s speech (2019 edition)

This past Friday we attended Mayor Pascal Dussol’s state-of-the-village address — that is,  la traditionnelle cérémonie des vœux —  and thought it was the most jam-packed such meeting we’ve seen in Daglan. My wife Jan and I arrived with two friends … Continue reading

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Getting the turkey right

This year, we went the “traditional” route for our Christmas lunch — but with a twist. Yes, it was turkey and trimmings, including mashed potatoes, gravy, and cranberry sauce. But thanks to the inspiration of son Michael in Toronto, I … Continue reading

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The Tree Report, 2018

It’s become a tradition that I photograph the village’s Christmas tree each year, as it stands relatively proudly in our main square. Some readers have come to expect this, after being astounded five years ago by what may well have … Continue reading

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Our large (okay, huge) black truffles

One of the things I love about life in Daglan is that there’s life in Daglan. Not that we’re one of France’s hot spots — far from it, especially at this time of year. But it seems that our village … Continue reading

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