Saturday, 13 March 2010

Saturday sun and mussels

The shell fish producer from Bouziques comes to the village on Thursday afternoons and Saturday mornings, so each week on at least one of those days we usually eat mussels.

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We can never decide which is our favourite mussel dish – it’s usually the one we’re eating now!  Today we grilled them with blue cheese (we used Bleu d’Auvergne, but other blue cheeses would work just as well), white wine, bread crumbs and olive oil.  Now this is another favourite!

The snow has all gone and the weather is warming up a bit again – last night was the first night for over a week when the temperature didn’t drop below freezing.  After lunch it was warm enough to sit outside in the sun with our coffee.  I daren’t say that spring has come because last time I said that we had snow a few days later, but there’s hope of spring.

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Tomatoes and peppers update

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All the varieties of tomatoes have germinated and all the peppers except the Longue d’Espagne (these last were seeds from an old packet belonging to our neighbour).  The two bright green plants in the centre at the top of the right-hand picture are lemon seedlings.  When the sun is on our balconies in the afteroons we put them out in the mini-greenhouses, where the temperature reaches up to 30 degrees C, even when there’s a chilly north wind.

8 comments:

Michelle said...

Yummm! The seedlings look happy.

Stefaneener said...

They look good. Both the mussels and the seedlings.

Heiko said...

My cold frame was at 25 Degrees on the chilliest of this weeks days and today I measured 40! My tomatoes, sown about 2 weeks after yours, look as far as yours, but the peppers haven't started yet. Circumstancial evidence for sowing with the moon phases...?

Jan said...

Well, I have neither peppers or tomatoes up yet, and I'm green with envy this morning! I suppose we may be a tad colder here...

City Garden said...

your seedlings are so beautiful!!
spring is coming
:)

Sheshanna said...

My mouth was watering reading about those mussels! Bon appetit!

impoftheyard said...

I'm beginning to see some signs of spring here - the crocuses are up in our local park. Your seedlings are certainly looking like they've decided it's the growing season again!

tasteofbeirut said...

I am so enjoying your photos! What an escape for me from this urban environment where I live at the moment! Love the mussel dish and its many variations!