Hi there. I live in France with my other half and 2 boys on a smallholding in Calvados. I love cooking and am currently trying to complete 52 new recipes in 2010. We moved to France to live a more simple greener life although I seem to be busier than I ever was in the UK. Should be feeding animals now rather than chatting on here but thought I'd spend 5 minutes to say hello.
Thanks for the welcome everyone. Not sure how much I'll post - we have a gite that has to be finished by July for our first guests and we have A LOT to do before then. Plus there are the animals, the garden, the boys ..........
The 52 recipes are listed on my blog - http://www.eco-gites.blogspot.com . One day I might even add the actual recipe details.
Bonjour Shelley - I bet you are a bot warmer than us down there in Toulouse. I too make loads of stuff from the garden and foraging expecitions and sell it plus eggs and veg to friends and neighbours.
Right - off to check on the sheep and see if Rammy has tried to bash the gate down again
Hi from sunny Didcot
Oooh - more hellos .... waves back
Brrrrrr - we have had a north wind blowing and like you Danny, 10 degrees felt MUCH colder. We had 2 degrees of frost last night but it is warming up now and there is no wind.
Shelley - do you sell a lot of jams etc? I had toyed with the idea of having a table at the market along with the other small traders for my preserves andn excess produce, but nothing regular. Is that what you were thinking about? I'd be interested to know what you have to do and whether it is worthwhile.
so far I have contacted the Chambre de Métiers re setting up as a business; hopefully they will let me know any food hygiene issues.
To sell at our market you have to be a business, but then it costs only 1 euro a week for a 2m space, as supposed to 10 euros at a car boot!
I currently sell jams to neighbours etc at 5euros a jar (this means I make little profit on somethings and loads on others. ) I also sell ketchup, gherkins, chutneies, sauces and drinks plus any extra plants etc I might have. Currently it si just a little pocket money, but I reckon I could make a reasonable profit eventually.
I will keep you posted re what the process is; I imagine I will become an auto entrepreneur, but I really need to know the food hygiene stds!
Rite !!! thats it stop it now!!! i am trying to lose the 42 stone i gained last time i came to France . Imainly blame the bakers ,if they baked proper bread with bleached white flower and lots of chemicals i wouldn't scour the markets for your goodies fo plaster over it ,(purely for research HONEST)but they dont and you cant blame a weak willed bloke for doin what weak willed blokes will do when ladies with come hither eyes and gingham toped jars just lure you to sample there wears , you know we cant resist , and you just do it to tease us ,the trouble is it works DAM IT so ime off to find the last jar of cherry jam from the nice lady in Boulogne, i know its in the pantry somewhere and it might go off if i don't put it on some toast .
BY BY nice ladies keep on jamin ,MOS xx
sit down with a cupa and the urge will subside
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