Whisky with Food, # 1 Glenmorangie Original & Sticky Toffee Pudding

Yes, you read it correctly.  It’s  a total winner and we challenge you to say otherwise!  The rich, sweet, buttery nature of the Sticky Toffee Pudding (STP) and its accompanying toffee sauce and homemade vanilla ice cream is hugged by the  embrace of that dear old friend, Glenmorangie Original  with its fruity palate and caramelContinue reading “Whisky with Food, # 1 Glenmorangie Original & Sticky Toffee Pudding”

Blogging the Bloggers- Would you like their jobs!

So, here I am again,  an amateur at work.  Trying to get into the groove again of writing a weekly blog on ‘La Rectoria’ and its related ongoings. This week we made preparations for and hosted a group of 5 travel bloggers and ones that might be described as professionals at their craft – 2Continue reading “Blogging the Bloggers- Would you like their jobs!”

A Birthday Cake

Last week we played host to a family who came to La Rectoria to celebrate a 40th Birthday….Grandma, Son (Birthday Boy), Wife, Sisters, Other halves, Kids and the dog!  One of the requests was that we make and provide a birthday cake. Now, I came up with the following type and style of cake earlierContinue reading “A Birthday Cake”

Seafood and sofas

Clichésville here we come….well, the circle has almost been squared and with each week that passes the finish line would appear to be just around the next corner.   No, we are not about to announce a concrete opening date, but the changes that are taking place each week are palpable. Most recently, holes have beenContinue reading “Seafood and sofas”

Snow fun (does anyone remember The Stooges?)

One diversion I’ve omitted to mention since we started this blog is skiing. Well, today I rolled back fifteen or sixteen years to enjoy a superb day’s spring skiing – in France. Hardly next door to La Rectoria, yes, but an invitation from friends to join them for a weekend’s skiing was not going toContinue reading “Snow fun (does anyone remember The Stooges?)”

Butifarra, bamboo i barbacoa

While I’ve neglected to keep you up to date with progress on La Rectoria, the builders, plumbers and electricians have been anything but idle.  On the first and second floors all of the partitioning has been built delineating bathrooms, bedrooms, storage areas, living rooms and dining rooms.  We are now being harried to make decisions concerningContinue reading “Butifarra, bamboo i barbacoa”

La Aplec de Sant Miquel de Pineda 2010

Last week we awoke to a beautifully sunny Sunday October morning.  The sun kissed the fields and woods surrounding Cardedeu as I enjoyed a wee run around the town.  Goretti’s Mum joined us for a cup of coffee followed shortly after by Mar, Scottish John and wee Martin and then it was on the roadContinue reading “La Aplec de Sant Miquel de Pineda 2010”

‘Roof, doorways and some pointing – soufflés and sabayons’

As sure as next week brings the autumn equinox there has been a marked change in the weather.  A week ago we enjoyed a beautiful Sunday morning on the beach.  A gentle swell of the surf barely creating waves as it met the beach, water warmed by the summer’s sun and comfortable temperatures for sittingContinue reading “‘Roof, doorways and some pointing – soufflés and sabayons’”

‘Back to work’

On the building site and in the classroom it was back to work this week.  Hods and grammar books in hand, the summer was over and work commenced.  The workforce on site has been doubled – from two to four – and the difference is self evident in what has been achieved this week alone. Continue reading “‘Back to work’”

‘576 days’

Thoughts on the house have taken something of a U Bend turn this week as our attention has moved to the bathrooms.  Which leads me neatly to writing a wee post script to last week’s piece.  A French motorway service station information board drew my attention to the fact that much of the route we hadContinue reading “‘576 days’”

‘In Absentia dos – almonds, lemons and figs’

Given that all of our team – architects, aparelledor, paleta – are or have been on holiday and with an invitation to spend time with old and dear friends on the  Côte d’Azur it was bit of a no brainer not to pass it off.   So two days after my sister left we packed upContinue reading “‘In Absentia dos – almonds, lemons and figs’”

‘In Absentia’

Of late we have turned our backs on La Rectoria and have for some of that time been home.  By home I mean the land of my birth, my spiritual home, Scotland. ……’you can take the man out of Scotland but you can’t take Scotland out of the man’ kind of thing.  Nationalism, that feelingContinue reading “‘In Absentia’”

‘Dipping ceiling tiles – fun for all the family’

So here we go again.  This isn’t a reference to the blog but to our second camping expedition to La Rectoria in the space of one month.   Camping doesn’t cause me any problems, relative peace and quiet, no TV, your day dictated by the number of daylight hours etc.  No, it’s trying to remember everythingContinue reading “‘Dipping ceiling tiles – fun for all the family’”

`The Seasons and our food’

Not so many years ago when I was a boy growing up in Scotland I remember you could distinguish the passing of the seasons by the nuances as they were dictated by Mother Nature.  My memory tells me we had more snow then and perhaps colder winters.  ‘Jack frost’ used to etch pictures on ourContinue reading “`The Seasons and our food’”

‘Horseradish and heat’

Who better to draw on today for a suitable metaphor than Noel Coward and his ‘Mad Dogs and Englishmen’.  For so it was today.  Better prepared for hot beating sun –  30°c in the shade – armed with strimmer, visor, wide brimmed peasant style fedora, factor 50 cream, bottles of iced water I set to likeContinue reading “‘Horseradish and heat’”

Twenty Catalans, Two Scots and a Haggis

And so it was last Saturday night we sat down to celebrate ‘Burns Night’.  A first in a number of ways.  The first I had ever prepared in total and hosted.  The first in Carretera de Canoves, Cardedeu, and certainly the first that our Catalan friends and neighbours had attended. A grand party was highlyContinue reading “Twenty Catalans, Two Scots and a Haggis”