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Our poison ivy patch

Our poison ivy patch

I’m hoping for no stomach ache. At the very least, no rash.

There’s nothing quite like living off the land – or at least matching what you get from your garden with the items you get from the store.

Living in France has taught me that there are some things that you just never will get in a shop – at least not in the South of France. Because… well, it’s grown in everyone’s gardens!

That means herbs… many vegetables… and some fun pieces to experiment with.

Thanks to our current house-mate Rodolpho – we went

past using the Bay Leaves from the trees in the garden and using the wild poison ivy growing on the hill next to the house.

Poison Ivy Side Dish

Poison Ivy Side Dish

Who would have thunk?

Rodolpho concocted with his favorite ingredients of garlic and onion (and a splash of milk) a ‘vegetable’ side dish with poison ivy.

Think artichoke or spinach dip… or even creme of spinach… add flavor and garlic and … voilà!

A great side dish to chicken and “Saucisses de Toulouse” BBQ’d on the fire built inside a brick ‘grill’ manufactured from extra tiles… with a helping of potato-beet salad flavored with the leaves of a fennel bulb… and of course… a

Fire and wine making a nice dessert

Fire and wine making a nice dessert

gorgeous sunset keeping us warm.

This is March. Can’t wait for JULY :D

(PS – Apologies for my blogging silence… I’ve gotten several emails and inquiries asking ‘where are you?!’ Sorry… day job and construction dust have been intruding. So when I have time… I walk in the garden with the dogs.)

Sunday afternoon sunset

Sunday afternoon sunset

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