Sunday, May 17, 2009

holiday time

We were invited round for apéros last night chez La Blonde and JP and on the way there we passed Mini-B trying to move two horses into a neighbouring field. Now, running after farm animals waving a big stick shouting "allez!" will normally have the desired effect and they will run away from you. In fact you could shout anything: "albuminoid!" or "albatross!" or "alberkerky!" but you wouldn't really consider shouting "stop!" if that's what you really meant because that would be stupid. But for 40 minutes we watched Mini-B's head bobbing up and down in the long grass as he ran after the horses with a stick shouting "arrête!" - and quelle surprise, they kept running. When he finally gave up and approached us panting, his face the colour of a radish, BB casually removed a stale baguette from the car (as you do), approached the perimeter of the field and made some clucking noises whereupon the horses arrived and were happily trotted off to the next field.

The apéros continued until the wee small hours so a hearty breakfast/lunch was required today. Brunch in the pub with friends and the Sunday papers is one of the things I miss about the UK, but I shall be able to do it next week because I'm leaving for Scotland tomorrow for 10 days!

Scrambled eggs with smoked trout
Serves 2
4 large eggs
½ oz/10g butter
4½ oz/125 g smoked trout trimmings, cut into small pieces
salt and freshly ground black pepper
snipped chives

♫ Cook along to: Hildegard Knef Holiday Time

1. Break the eggs into a pan, add the butter and place on a low heat. Stir continuously with a wooden spoon, moving the pan on and off the heat so the eggs don't burn.

2. As the mixture begins to set, fold in the smoked trout and chives and continue stirring until the eggs are soft and creamy. Season at the last minute.


Neil King and Carol Duncan said...

I have to say "a hearty breakfast" is one of these expressions I abhor - very much like "a bite of lunch"

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