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Daffodils and Gérardmer in the Vosges

2 Avril 2017 , Rédigé par Maryse Publié dans #Life, #Vosges

When daffodils are blooming, we feel spring has arrived. Their yellow colour is so bright that you can't miss them when walking around.

Here, not far from Nancy, we find them in or near the woods, in clearings. In the Vosges you can discover them in meadows.

Near Gérardmer, there are so many to pick. The town organizes every other year a parade called Fête des Jonquilles with floats covered with daffodils. People are even invited to come the day before the parade to help put the flowers on the floats. And school children used to go with their teachers to pick the flowers the last days before the event (I don't know if they still do it nowadays).

So the parade in Gérardmer will happen next week attracting a lot of people. It is really beautiful, colourful and certainly a good way to celebrate the new spring with a Daffodil's Festival.

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Crêpes from February

26 Mars 2017 , Rédigé par Maryse Publié dans #Tradition, #Life

As each year I made crêpes for Candlemas on the 2nd of February. It is a tradition. But don't imagine we eat crêpes only on this day.

I feel it is one thing so convenient to cook, at the last minute, that it has become over the years THE meal when I don't want to cook or don't know what to cook.

In the last few weeks I have seen several times on television people cooking Crêpes Suzette. I have never made these but feel more and more like trying. Put the crêpes in melted butter, sugar and orange juice, add a bit of Grand Marnier and make it flambé... and eat it!

This would mean a bit more work for me but it is so good.

And it would be a good idea after a walk on this sunny day. A beautiful warm and sunny Sunday for Lorraine.

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Time to stay near the fire in Lorraine

8 Janvier 2017 , Rédigé par Maryse Publié dans #Life

Winter has really started now in Lorraine. We have had a bit of snow near Nancy and more in the moutains. And the last two days' mornings were cold (-9°C, 16°F).

The worst happened yesterday evening when black ice arrived on the region. It became a huge ice rink. People were advised not to go out and to wait for the morning to use their car.

At least it was during the week end and people could stay at home near the fire place or near a wood stove (which is fashionable again).

I remember the wood stoves we had at home when I was young, the heat was so pleasant. Of course, adults had all the job to do, cutting the wood, bringing it in, taking the ashes out, cleaning regularly, but we were not cold inside and we sometimes opened the window because it was too hot! One stove was enough for two rooms if they were small, even in the middle of the winter.

The stove I particularly liked was the one in the kitchen. There was always a stewpot or a casserole on it and my grand-mother was checking everything was going on well. The bar on three sides was very useful to put wet gloves to dry in winter. In the evenings we put chestnuts on the top and enjoyed eating them after dinner. 

People coud go away and let something simmering on the side. My grand-father used to tell the story of his neighbour who had to keep an eye on the stove when his wife had gone to church. The man was a bit absent-minded and one day, when the woman came back home, she discovered he had put a piece of wood in the soup pot instead of the stove! The poor husband rushed outside and visited my grand-father waiting for the storm to calm down.

Good old times.

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End of 2016 in Lorraine

31 Décembre 2016 , Rédigé par Maryse Publié dans #Lorraine, #Life

It is strange how a small holly tree makes us think about Christmas and New Year time. And today, this small tree is really beautiful and ready to start 2017.

Lorraine is cold and foggy but we have had a few sunny days with a splendid blue sky in the last weeks. Frost is everywhere and it is worth taking a few pictures.

It could start snowing on Monday and people of the Vosges moutains would be happy. Here, in the "flat" part of Lorraine we are not so enthusiastic.

Anyway we are all happy to welcome a new year.

I wish you all Bonne Année et Bonne Santé. May 2017 be a really good year. I'll try to be more present in this new year with more articles.

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27th Fête du Potimarron in Lunéville

25 Septembre 2016 , Rédigé par Maryse Publié dans #Lunéville, #Life

27th Fête du Potimarron in Lunéville

As each year the Société d'Horticulture organized its Fête du Potimarron (Red kuri squash Fair) at the end of September.

We didn't grow any plant of the same family in our garden this year, so it was a good opportunity to go and buy a few, and to enjoy being near the castle of Lunéville.

At lunch time it was not so crowded and I managed to park not too far from the fair, thinking about the bag I would have to carry on the way back to the car.

What makes this Fête du Potimarron so pleasant is the fact that the people who sell the cucurbitaceae advise what to choose depending on what you want to do with it. So I asked for red kuri squash (potimarron) for soup and purée, butternut squash (butternut) for gratin and I didn't know what to have to make jam. In the end I bought a Sweet from Berry (Sucrine du Berry) and I could not resist and bought a Bleu de Hongrie pumpkin to taste (the colour of the peel skin attracted me and I was told it is very good.- the pale blue pumpkins on the left of the picture).

Now it is time to peel, cook and enjoy.

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