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.  I hoard those bits of  bows and ribbon and pieces of gift paper.  And every time someone in the office attempts to dump a Starbucks paper bag into the bin I'd shout, "Hey you!  Give me that!"

And so I've built up quite a collection over the years.  This festive season I'm putting some of it to good use.  First, I placed a ton of Starbucks paper bags into recycling bins provided by the Salvation Army.   Then, I used some for gift-wrapping.

Starbucks paper bags make great brown paper packaging.

Christmas theme paper bag from Starbucks is suitable for festive recycling.  Simply add finishing touches with gold or silver markers,  or printed tapes.

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 ...


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