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.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Something for the Pot.

As cruel and sad as it may seem to some, these two birds will not fight each other anymore later today.  They won't be driving Arthur II and the five hens up the wall, under the chicken coop, up the trees, in the woodland .... anymore.

They will make a lovely stock, though, a fantastic ragout or even coq au vin.

Such is life...

Patricia xxx...x

Had to come back to update with a couple more pictures.

Family gathering : brother, mother and nephew

Someone had to take the photos and make tea.... yes, me.... and I'll be cooking them ;)


  1. No doubts about the origin of your food then!

  2. Indeed Mark. It's not something I love doing, hence the family gathering... Needs must. :)


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