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Even though it was after the move, I wanted to write about Kam while…

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Even though it was after the move, I wanted to write about Kam while it was still fresh in my memory. So, about the move..

The move last Saturday went smoothly. Jean-Pierre and Alain came up from France on Friday night with Philip and Jackie and we went out to the pub where we bought them a few beers. Later back at the flat we ordered curry for everyone as a thanks. Like most French people I know, JP and Alain aren't accustomed to curries so they asked for a recommendation of something mild. I told them the Lamb Passanda (marinated lamb pieces cooked with ground pistachios, almonds, aromatic herbs and spices, cream and topped with cashews) was excellent, if rich. They both ordered the passanda and well, I think they enjoyed it as they ate it in a flash. I ordered the Chicken Balti Madras which was really good (I'm happy we're not moving far away from this Indian takeout).

Sat. morning Alain was up at 7:30 already packing the van, even though we couldn't move until 12. We arrived at our new flat just as our landlords, the tenants at that time, were moving the last of their stuff out. They went over the short 1-page inventory with me (nothing like the 15-page inventory from hell at our last flat). They were friendly and left us their home phone number to call if we had any questions or problems. We noticed later that they had left us a bottle of wine.



Neither Jean-Pierre or Alain speak any English, so I had to label all of the boxes in both French and English. Many read: Tres, Tres Lourd!! but despite the book-filled boxes everything was moved within an hour. We are mostly unpacked now and we're loving this flat. :)

We cooked our first good meal here on Valentine's Day. We had smoked salmon with bread and cornichons and a bottle of Muscadet to start. Main course was pan-fried duck breast with a red currant port sauce and honey-roasted butternut squash and parsnips with rosemary, all washed down with the bottle of Italian merlot the landlords left for us. We finished with French-press black coffee and chocolate soufflé.




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On February 16th, 2004 08:51 am (UTC), brella commented:
ooh! who made the soufflé? I'm impressed.....
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On February 16th, 2004 09:42 am (UTC), dichroicynosure commented:
I am just getting the feel of your journal and love all the images you take of food. I like to photography great dinners as well. Do you have training in the culinary arts?
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On February 17th, 2004 05:24 pm (UTC), nomi replied:
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Thank you! I love it when others post photos of their delicious meals too, especially when they've cooked it themselves.

I haven't trained in the culinary arts, but the French side of my husband's family were Cordon Bleu chefs. I've learned much from them and hope to learn more.
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On February 16th, 2004 09:52 am (UTC), weetanya commented:
you are such a goddamned pornographer. food, houses.
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On March 5th, 2004 04:49 am (UTC), nomi replied:
it's all demand and supply. ;)

hope you're kicking the post-hobbit party blues, real life can seem a smidgen dull after a fantastic hoopla like that. :)
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On February 16th, 2004 11:19 am (UTC), jehosephat commented:
If I ever get a chance to go to London, I am going to stalk you and beg for a meal.:)
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On March 5th, 2004 04:50 am (UTC), nomi replied:
No need to beg! Maybe I should open a restaurant.. ;)
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On February 16th, 2004 12:16 pm (UTC), baba_studio commented:
I envy you
Shopping for food and cooking it in France is heaven. I miss France - haven't been for three years now. Your photos and descriptions almost hurt to look at. Wonderful!
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On March 5th, 2004 04:51 am (UTC), nomi replied:
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I wasn't in France, but I go often and yes, food shopping and cooking there is amazing. :)
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On February 17th, 2004 03:28 pm (UTC), vizzygoth commented:
beautiful food, nomi! :)

and congrats on the smooth move to your new place!
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On March 5th, 2004 04:52 am (UTC), nomi replied:
thanks! (I'm catching up on loads of old comments, can you tell? :)
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On February 18th, 2004 05:24 pm (UTC), z commented:
oh yum! that looks quite tastey.... ~as i dream of such a nice meal~
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On March 5th, 2004 04:54 am (UTC), nomi replied:
thank you, dreamfood can often be better than the real thing. takes over all of the senses. ;)
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On March 5th, 2004 11:50 am (UTC), z replied:
in some ways true... the imagination is truly a wonderful thing. but right about now looks soooooo good to REALLT eat :) (that and many more meals on your journal!)
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