Welcome to my new Blog!

Welcome to my new foodie blog!  Many of you may have been reading the Chez Foti blog (chezfoti.blogspot.com) for the last year all about my family’s new lives in South West France.  Quite a bit of this was about food, or at least the veggies I’ve been growing, and I now thought it was time to write a whole new blog focusing on just what we eat.  I’ll still be continuing with the original Chez Foti blog.

Few would deny that food is a big passion in my life, and I want to share with you my family recipes, inspirations and ideas.  In essence I want to blog about what we eat, be it a meal I’ve cooked just for the wee ones, a family dinner for us all or a quick evening supper I’ve made for my husband and I.  I want to blog my recipes as I cook them, both the ones I’ve made up myself over the years or those I’ve taken from books.  You won’t find too many fancy time consuming or intricate recipes here, just hearty, healthy and wholesome family grub that can be put together fairly quickly and simply.  Afterall I am myself a full time mum!

In case you don’t know I am writing from a little corner of South West France (in the department of Haute Pyrenees)  where I moved with my husband, Philipe, and two small children at the end of last year.  Our daughter, Francesca, is now three, and son Jacques a wee eighteen months (though with an appetite of an eighteen year old at times!); obviously these two are my biggest food critics.  Before our lives here we lived in London for a few years and in my previous unmarried life I lived primarily in Yorkshire though travelled extensively in Latin America, Asia and Australia.

Not a day has gone by without us rejoicing about our new lives in rural France, we love the space, the nature, the gentleness and the appreciation of a much simpler life.  My first project was to set up a veggie patch (or a ‘potager’ as they’re called in France) and grow all our own organic veggies….plus a little bit of fruit.  Philipe’s first was to get the house habitable for us all!  An ongoing matter that he still sees as more important than my wonderful veg.  At present we are still cooking and eating out of our ‘temporary’ basic, but fully functional kitchen.  One day next year, or the year after, we’re hoping to have a wonderful new kitchen in the barn at the back of our house.

The Patch

I really hope you enjoy my blog.  Please please give me feedback, comments or recipe ideas …… and pass on the blog details to your friends!

Louisa x

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