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Another tick off my 40 before 40 list! Alfonz dreamed up a business, got the licensing together in a foreign language, bought the nine passenger Mercedes Van and created the business South Westy Tours. When my friend Sherrin visited us …

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    INGREDIENTS: 3 large diced onions 2 crushed garlic cloves 5 large finely sliced carrots 2 diced celery sticks 1 sliced leek, the white part 1-2 chopped turnips 1 kilo dried, rinsed and cleaned lentils 2 liters vegetable stock …

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                    The fascination continues as visitors from around the world book a variety of electric boats, leisure barges, yachts and luxury holidays to take their turn cruising down the Canal Du …

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Maybe you remember the final scene of our episode, Lucky in the Languedoc, for House Hunters International, where Alfonz and I discussed over wine which house to purchase in Capestang. It was at La Chateau Des Carrasses that Alfonz and …

How To Use Up Easter Candy

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                        When my kids have play dates over at our house, the neighbourhood children know that there is a huge amount of uneaten candy in a jar over the …

 

Homemade Apple Pie

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Surprisingly easy, we made homemade apple pie. Crust 2 1/2 cups flour 1 cup butter 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon sugar mix add a little water 6-10 tablespoons Using a mixer add all the ingredients except the water into the …

 

Italian Hungarian Love Story

So there once was a man from Italy, who lived across the street from a Hungarian expat from WWII. She was an extraordinary person, who ended up one of the last at Auschwitz with her sister, mother and family. At …

 

Do The French Actually Cook Like Julia Child’s?

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This is my second attempt at making Beef Burgundy or Boeuf Bourguignon, the classic French dish made famous again by the 2009 movie Julie & Julia, bringing Julia Child’s cookbook back to the best selling list 50 years later. In my …

 

How To Make Wiener Schnitzel

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  HOW TO MAKE: German/Austrian Wiener Schnitzel Ingredients 6 Veal Cutlets Salt 1 cup all purpose Flour 2 beaten Eggs with a splash of Milk 1-2 cups fine Breadcrumbs 1 Lemon cut into wedges 1 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil …

 

Recipe – Rougail Rice

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                  Ingredients: 1 kg sausage of choice cut into bite sized pieces (optional) or 1 jar or can beans of choice (white beans, butter beans or lentils) 2 diced onions 4-5 cloves garlic, …

 

The Traveler’s Bucket List

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What’s a bucket list? Well, before you kick the bucket, you make a list of all the must see places you wish to see before you die. In the movie, The Bucket List, the two main character both have terminal …

 

French Chateau – A Picture Gallery

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I want to show you something very special, an old French Chateau. Throughout France there are farmhouses, old vineyard houses and castles that have never been renovated and been sitting in some families for hundreds of years like this one. …

 

A Great Experience – We Rock Disney

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Capestang News –  Creating a Music Video Goulven Gonthier- videographer, Angel-lead vocalist, Flo – guitar, Chloé -vocalist/director, Benjamin -Drums, Nikko – base and Mikey – sound; make up this team, and the vivid idea for the magic VHS tape with …

 

Moving Day Approaches

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With move in day slowly approaching, we haven’t spent time exploring the South France sites. Instead we explore wholesale stores looking for the necessities to set up our house. France has a legislated sale time, allotted for all merchants twice …

 

Have You The Courage to Dream?

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It isn’t always easy to follow your dreams. To step outside of what society says we should do or be and change our life to what we have always dreamed it could be, is harder than sticking out your present …

 

Harrison Hot Springs

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May long week is notorious for rain. I get excited each year when the week before shows promise of sunshine and wish to go camping. Then we end up soggy under a tarp wishing we had stayed home. This year we …

 

Mistakes & Misconceptions

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While one person hesitates because he feels inferior, the other is busy making mistakes and  becoming superior. Henry C. Link Mistakes, I make them all the time. They help us grow as a person and show us where we need …

 

Busy Season Start

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    It has been far too long since my last post, first my apologies. Well what can I say? The warm weather is here, the flowers are blooming, the birds have returned and the tourists and residents of Capestang …

 

Appaloosas Indian Horses in Southern France

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How did this beautiful, tough breed of Mongolian horse come to the New World? Perhaps the Russians via the North or the Spanish brought the breed via ship when exploring. The Mongolians traded their horse throughout the world, so the …

 

HOW TO MAKE: French Fries

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HOW TO MAKE: French Fries   Ingredients 6 Potatoes Olive Oil Salt   Method Scrub potatoes, leave skin on and cut into small wedges. Heat oil in a frying pan and place potatoes in a shallow layer, making sure their …