La Chatte Gitane (or The Gypsy Cat) was the name we chose for our cottage in France. We chose it while on the road, moving home, from Ireland to France with 2 dogs and 7 cats in the car.
This blog began its insignificant life as a recipe book for friends and family who would ask me repeatedly for a recipe of this, that and the other.
Since then it has taken many different directions, like gypsies tend to do. Sometimes making a U-turn and revisiting familiar roads and taking a break when necessary.
You'll find recipes here, but also musings about the places we've called home, the gardens that we've established, not always successfully, the homes we've improved and the environments we've lived in. Currently, that is back in Ireland.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Bread, Homemade in Pictures

A little bird told me, that today it is Bread Day. National (as in Belgium) or international, I know not, but I thought I'd share a couple of pictures of bread that I made over the years. 

Rolls and Buns

Bunny Buns, brioche style


Baguette


And just our day to day loaves



The little bird is Bart Aertgeerts. He is about to open an artisane bakery in Koningshooikt (Belgium).
If he ever gets his website up and running, I'll gladly add a link.

Patricia xxx...x


Thursday, October 13, 2011

Anna Pavlova, dancing The Firebird at last ?


The best recipe, by far, for Pavlova is the one from Joy Of Baking  It has never failed me.
What is so lovely about a Pavlova is that you can dress it up or down as you see fit and according to the occasion.

I never add sugar to the cream, as, imo, there is plenty of sugar in the meringue. 
Use seasonal fresh fruits in any combination you like.  For Easter I like to add some small chocolate eggs, white, dark and milk chocolate.

Here I used kiwi, fresh figs, blackberries, grapes, melon.

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