Has everyone finished off their Christmas and New Year leftovers?
We’re down to a few bits of Bleu de Gex and Comté which we’ve brought in from the balcony cool box to the fridge.
Obviously since it’s only the first week of Jan there’s still a good chunk of fruit cake left [‡‡ see below] – and in the freezer there are
Final 2 portions of Boeuf Bourguignon from Christmas Day [1.5kg of jarret made 6 servings – first 2 for the day, next 2 for a couple of days later and these last will go into a pie in the next week or so.
A few of the readymade canapés from Picard [decent quality frozen food store, if you haven’t got one in your part of France – highly recommended!]
Some frozen asparagus [also from Picard]
Are we typical?
One of my friends back in the UK says her “garage freezer is still packed” [as opposed to the one in the kitchen] but my retired hotelier chum who recently moved to Les Sables d’Olonne reports: “First New Year without leftovers, since our big thrill of living here is to go fresh food shopping almost every day.”
‡‡ My special fruit cake. No icing, no added sugar. Made late November with a mix of dried fruit [mostly raisins and apricots ], diced apples and pears, all marinaded 24hrs in beer. Then ‘fed’ weekly with a measure of Calvados. So we call it Normandy fruit cake.