Winter Sunset, Les Salines, Saint Martin de Bréhal

Les Salines, Winter sunset, Saint Martin de Bréhal
Les Salines, Winter sunset, Saint Martin de Bréhal

Les Salines, Winter sunset, Saint Martin de Bréhal

As you come over the bridge into the village of Saint Martin, this is the view across the marshes.  Our house, Maison Mielles, is a couple of minutes walk away.

Les Salines, Winter sunset, Saint Martin de Bréhal

Les Salines, Winter sunset, Saint Martin de Bréhal

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Mrs Jones’ (Rachel’s Mum) Zucchini Muffins

Now to Europeans I suspect the idea of eating sweet courgette muffins, probably sounds pretty odd.  But I swear these are just delicious and very light.  I’m not claiming any health benefits, but they could be worse!

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Rachel was a helper from Kentucky who stayed with us for 6 weeks last summer, who claims that I inspired her to learn to cook.  Rachel is just about the kindest person alive, but I am still very flattered!  She beautifully hand-sewed and designed the cushions at the beach house and created our Gîte Lily and Poppy sign at the end of the drive.

This recipe came from her Mum, from whom I have learnt quite a few recipes, including Apple Butter, another unknown in Europe.

Put the oven on at gas mark 5, 190°C.

3 eggs

1.5-2 cups sugar

2 cups grated zucchini

1 cup canola/vegetable oil (I used 2/3 of a cup)

2.5 cups flour

1.5 teaspoons baking soda

0.5 teaspoons salt

2 teaspoons cinnamon ( I used mixed spice)

2 teaspoons vanilla

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 cup of either golden raisins, nuts, or chocolate chips

Put the oven on at gas mark 5, 190°C.

Mix together all the dry ingredients, add the wet, mix together roughly and spoon into muffin cases.  Put in the oven for 25 minutes or until golden brown.  Delicious.

Snowy Start in Saint Martin de Bréhal

This morning I woke up just as the snow was starting. It wasn’t really cold and I was massively over dressed. But by the time I got home after my dog walk my hair was thick with snow and it was staring to fall in snow ball size flakes. By 11am the sun was out and it had disappeared!

Snowy Start in Maison Mielles

Snowy Start in Maison Mielles

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