Tuesday, 24 December 2013


This Christmas, a beautiful homemade foie gras from Maman de Michel’s pantry graced my dining table. Doesn't it look ravishing, sitting in its bath of shimmering gold?

My co-worker, Michel, hails from the southwest of France, where I'm quite sure every household and restaurant boasts of its very own recipe for homemade foie gras or rillettes. For isn't the southwest region of France is the largest producer of foie gras in the world?

Michel’s mother preserves her own foie gras every year.  Her traditional recipe comprises a whole liver (foie gras entier) that has been de-veined, cleaned, seasoned and cooked in its own fat. This is foie gras in its purest form.

She uses duck liver because its more flavourful than the goose.  Not only does she make the foie gras, she also does the canning herself.  How cool is that?

Merci beaucoup, Michel!  Joyeux Noel et bonne année! 

Saturday, 14 December 2013


I don't know about you but I'm one of those people who receives a present and can't bear to part with the gift wrap.  So I hoard those bits of  bows and ribbon, pieces of gift paper, and even brown paper bags from Starbucks.
As you can imagine I've built up quite a collection over the years.  This festive season I'm proud to announce that I managed to put part of it to good use.  First, I placed several tree branch worth of the Starbucks paper bags into recycling bags provided by the Salvation Army.   Then, I used some for gift-wrapping.

Starbucks paper bags make great brown paper packaging.

 Add finishing touches with coloured markers and printed tapes.

Christmas theme paper bags are most suitable for festive recycling.
 Do the blue and silver stripes look familiar?  This is a paper bag from Garrett Popcorn.

A little creativity goes a long way in helping the environment.  Make very bit count.

Friday, 13 December 2013


Christmas celebration started at 5:30PM today.  Music, games, booze, simple food and a whole bunch of crazy people.

Is it a reindeer, or a moose?
Maybe its just the booze
Well, it doesn't matter anymore
Merry Christmas one and all!

The party ended on a good note ...