|Chargrilled steak with caponata via taste.com.au|
Bonjour à tous!
This week has begun on a quiet note. I haven't been feeling 100% the past few days so I've been taking it quietly (hard to explain that to a two- and four-year-old). I've also channelled my pain into comfort food.
We made a day trip with some friends up north to Koumac for a coffee (café gourmand is my new favourite thing to order now, especially if the patissier is inhouse) and then further to the Malabou resort for lunch. We might book a weekend at Malabou soon as the beach is very nice and would be a good break.
Yesterday Emanuelle, Jack's new carer for school visited to spend a couple of hours getting to know him and how to care for him. I have to say I struggled through it due to some pain and have moved her appointment for this morning to Friday - hopefully feeling better then. She is just lovely and we're so excited to have her as Jack's carer when he starts next week at the local school.
Unfortunately I couldn't put off a visit to the supermarket today, or as it is here, the supermarkets, as you can never get all that you need at just one. A rest this afternoon and then off to Jack's kini this afternoon for our regular appointment. The very beautiful Olivier, who was relieving Dom while on holidays has left for a while. But Dom is fantastic so we will be looking forward to seeing her again this afternoon.
I've written about really enjoying eggplant here. Last week I made this caponata and it was fantastic. We had it with simple grilled tuna but tonight we'll have it with beef steaks (thankyou New Zealand) and baked potatoes. Hard to beat.
I also made a great chicken and vegetable soup on Sunday night to sooth my frazzled body and soul. I used half a bought roast chicken and added lots of diced zucchini, carrot, red onion, garlic and potato as well as some homegrown radishes, tomato and parsley. It was superb, really light and flavoursome and I am still thinking about it! I think I will have to make it again this weekend. Soup is great, don't you agree? I also made a delicious garlic bread with leftover baguette. Food for the soul.
And finally, I have a new article on My French Life about Cyclone Sandra last month. A storm in a teacup, or as the French say, a storm in a glass of water. You can read it here.
Sorry, no photos this time. I had one of Malabou but it's terrible so perhaps next time!