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Chateau Miaou

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  1. Oh what a beautiful boy Jan - I'll keep everything I can crossed that he returns safe and well chez vous.


  2. [quote user="Deby"] I always get chickens and jumpers mixed up! :-)[/quote]

    That must make for some interesting Sunday roasts [:D][:D]


  3. I had a cat with 3 legs (Ben, car accident @ 3 yrs, lived to 17-ish) - he was very, very good at begging ("oh but, just look at poor wee me with only 3 legs, how can I fend for myself" he'd yell at us every day from his post by the fridge) - but, isn't this the wrong thread for this . . . ?

    BTW, he was also very, very good at mousing [:-))] [8-|]


  4. Bonne nuit, dormez bien (et appréciez vos sucreries) [:-))]  Je souhaite que j'aie été là aussi [;-)]  (For the snickers, obviously!!)


  5. No ghoulies or ghosties here either (wish I could add, just goolies and posties but, sadly, it wouldn't be true) . . . [:-))] [:$]
  6. Soz J.R. [:(]  didn't mean to appear critical - I'm trying to make myself speak/write better French so I always try to get it right myself (also, ex-typing teacher [:$]  so old habits die hard!!)
  7. [quote user="J.R."]I too have been looking for a salopette but recently found why I had been getting funny looks, it appears [:D]that the female version of a salopard is a salope[/quote]

    [:$] [:D] [:D]


  8. Mais oui, c'est le Toussaint (major Jour Férié)!  You may find the odd supermarket open but that's about all - enjoy your day off [8-|]

    BTW, you'll find all the dates for the Jours Fériés for the next 40+ years here


  9. I used to ski as a teenager (few years and few stones lighter [:(] - if only I could find some salopettes to fit (note to self:  check e-Bay immediately) [:D]

    On the plus side, at least I'd have a soft landing when I fall over . . . however, maybe this winter's diet will be more successful than (many) previous years' [;-)][:$]

  10. [quote user="Pads"]Local to you ?[/quote]

    Yup, it's about 45 mins from us here in Castelnaudary - head for Mirepoix then follow signs for Mont d'Olmes.  Great views [8-|], you should have a look sometime when you're over here [:D]


  11. Here's one of my favourites from a local ski resort, Mont d'Olmes:


  12. This is weird, I just checked again to see what I could see that Pads couldn't and the 2nd photo (the one with blue sky, chateau-type house, row of houses and boats) wasn't there (just the grey box with the wee red x in the corner) - I began to type a reply and went back to check which photo I could see (are you keeping up with me?) and they were both there . . . therefore, ignore this message as I can now see 2 photos, I think [8-)]
  13. [quote user="47AJM"]Anything?????[/quote]

    I can now see 2 different pics that you've posted - is the latest one the one you tried to post first?

    Gie's a clue - where are they? [8-)]

  14. Oops, you cheated by posting while I was too [:P] 

    That's much better, can see it now - well done [:D] [:D]

    BTW, what/where is it?

  15. [quote user="47AJM"]I've posted it through Photobucket..........!  Thats very strange because I closed my system down and just come back to it and the photo is there![/quote]

    Soz, this is what appears on my screen:



  16. Main (easy): 

    Chicken and Prawn Creole (by British Heart Foundation) – Serves 8

                Preparation time less than 30 mins / Cooking time 30 mins to 1 hour


    §          675g / 1½ lb boneless, skinless chicken

    §          1 tbsp vegetable oil

    §          2 onions, coarsely chopped

    §          3 cloves garlic, chopped

    §          1 each red + green pepper, coarsely chopped

    §          1 can (800g / 28 oz) tomatoes

    §          1 litre / 1¾ pint chicken stock

    §          1 tsp dried thyme

    §          1 tsp dried oregano

    §          ¼ tsp cayenne pepper

    §          450g / 1lb long grain rice

    §          450g / 1lb medium prawns (fresh or frozen)

    §          20g / ¾ oz chopped fresh parsley


    1.        In large nonstick pan, heat oil over medium heat and cook chicken for about 3 minutes or until lightly browned. Add onions and garlic and cook for 3 minutes or until softened.

    2.        Stir in peppers and add tomatoes, breaking up with back of spoon. Add stock, thyme, oregano and cayenne; bring to boil.

    3.        Stir in rice and cover, reduce heat and simmer for 25 minutes or until most of the liquid is absorbed.

    4.        Meanwhile, in a saucepan of boiling water, cook prawns for 3 minutes and drain. Peel and de-vein if necessary. Add prawns to rice mixture and cook for 5 minutes or until prawns are hot. Stir in parsley.

    I make this differently each time, depending on what I’ve got to hand) (eg, with chicken or turkey breasts, with prawns or mixed frozen seafood, with chilli flakes + Harisa paste) and it’s always gone down really well, very tasty.  You can make it as hot as you like.


  17. Soz 47AJM, still not working - you've got us guessing now.  Come on, try again . . . maybe 3rd time lucky [:D]
  18. [quote user="Weedon"] what do you think?[/quote]

    I think you're up to mischief! [blink] [:D] [blink]


  19. [quote user="Chipie"][quote user="Chateau Miaou"]

    [quote user="Pads"] oppps I do often ...................you know what they say lay down with dogs ......................... [/quote]

    Yep, me too + got the flea bites to prove it  [:P] - loved the photo of your cats + lab in front of the woodburner [8-|] [:-))][/quote]

    I won't tell the 'lab' that he has left his spotty pyjamas on if you don't [;-)] [:P]

    Jackie [/quote]

    Oops! [:$][Www][Www] - must pay attention when posting, soz . . .


  20. [quote user="Pads"] oppps I do often ...................you know what they say lay down with dogs ......................... [/quote]

    Yep, me too + got the flea bites to prove it  [:P] - loved the photo of your cats + lab in front of the woodburner [8-|] [:-))]


  21. S'ok - love the view from your deck - make it a really big glass of rosé and I'll bring a sleeping bag . . . just let me know when the housewarming is . . . bonne chance with the renovations [:)]


  22. It's gorgeous GG - can I come by for a glass of rosé on your deck?


  23. Oui, Katie - that, and the fact that one member of his family appeared to be totally p***ed for the whole year - did I hear that he and his wife have split up since going back to the UK?  What a shock! [blink] [6]



  24. [quote user="5-element"](fairy long)[/quote]

    Was this a typo for 'fairly long' or did you mean 'fairy long'?  [8-)]

    Look forward to spotting you at a get-together either way [:D][8-|]


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