Tuesday, March 22, 2011

March 22, 2011: Grenoble - Open House, British Lunch, French Shopping

I returned to Open House's English coffee get-together this morning - by now it's becoming a group of familiar faces, although every week there do seem to be newcomers, or new introductions amongst people who haven't met yet. Useful information learned this week: there are two snakes in the area. One is venomous and the other is not. The venomous one can be recognized by being the smaller of the two (this is not, however, much use if you haven't yet seen either of them).

Afterwards Maureen and I went back to the apartment of another group member, Julie, who is British. She served a raspberry and blackberry crumble with custard - it was nice to have some home baking.

In the afternoon I went shopping at Monoprix, where I got a jar of rabbit terrine from the Dordognes area (I was inspired by the television show about charcuterie that we'd watched the night before - it featured a terrine), a jar of herbes de Provence (savory, rosemary, thyme, marjoram and oregano) - very fragrant, and a jar of tarragon mustard.

Yesterday's leftover chicken and vegetable béchamel sauce casserole was improved by having a day to sit in the fridge before re-heating - that or I was more charitably disposed because we didn't have to wait so long before eating it.

Yet another collection of empty wine and beer bottles...

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