Friday, March 27, 2015

F r e n c h b r e a d o n F r i d a y . . .

h e l l o L o v e l i e s !

i hope that you are all doing well.

i am on day 6 of a hideous cold.


( i thought that i had escaped the cold and flu season. )

à tes / vos souhaits (to your wishes) after the first sneeze

 à tes / vos amours, ( to your loves) after the second sneeze, and qu'elles durent toujours,
(that they last forever )

 after the third, one can say Dieu te/vous bénisse (God bless you ) or Santé (health).

i am relieved to have the weekend ahead to continue my recovery.

i hope that i can find some energy to start a bit of spring cleaning, or

if weather permits, a little fresh air in the garden.

 i am planning to make mustard!

{inspired by:  moutarde maison, simple à faire }

a little over a year ago on one of our stays at Whistler, we 

went to the Four Seasons for some appetizers, drinks and music.

one of the appetizers chosen for our table was the

BC Artisan Charcuterie & Cheese - Daily Selection of Artisan 

Cheeses and Cured Meats

i now wish that i had taken a picture of it.

( when in Whistler, i try to unplug. )

the selection came with the most amazing stone ground whole grain mustard.

( i believe that it had a hint of cilantro in it. )

 it was so yummy, i could have eaten it with a spoon.

i inquired about the mustard.

the waiter said,  "our chef makes it!."

i had thought about writing Chef JEAN-PIERRE BOULOT

a thank you note, with a request for his recipe.

 ( i didn't . . . would it be inappropriate? )

 i had hoped to visit the Four Seasons for appetizers

when we were at Whistler at the beginning of the month.

 with the anticipation of bills from Mr D's unplanned hospital

ER visit and ICU stay in February, we made sensible choices, with

gratitude that his quick recovery allowed us to take the journey, after all.

  needless to say new loves and stories were generated,

as this year's journey was about "the fam" and "a first Whistler" for our grands.

( i didn't miss the mustard. )

:: ici ::

 . . . the very makings of my first maison moutarde

were hopping the pond while we were away.

:: ici ::

on the Sunday before we departed for Whistler, Cat at Rabbit Hill

held her monthly market. her Instagram posts leading up to her

 once - a - month - on - line - French - market 

indicated that she was assembling some whole grain mustard kits for her shop!

( social media can be so serendipitous! )

from Cat's kitchen in France . . . 
( i know. . .  isn't her home and her photography dreamy?)

to our farm table!

maison moutarde!
. . . to be continued!   



  1. I am so sorry that you have a crummy cold. I just went back to the dr. AGAIN and am now on ANOTHER antibiotic. First time I have ever had something like this--that also started with a cold....never want it again either!

    That mustard sounds delicious.

    One of our friends asked a chef for his recipe for a sauce. The chef gave it to him and handed him a bill for $200!!! for the recipe. lol Our friend was quite a jokester so he published it in the local newspaper. lol

    Hope you have a good weekend and continue to recover. xo Diana

  2. Sorry you are not well Lynne. Colds are bad any time, but in spring that really seem nasty. Making your own mustard should clear your sinuses. Blessings for feeling better soon. xoxo,Susie

  3. Lynne,
    I believe one of my grandmother's cure for colds was something to do with mustard. So, while I don't know her 'cure,' I'm thinking your homemade mustard is just the thing to dispel your cold. What a wonderful thing to have homemade mustard with roots in France. I love all your photos, but most of all, I love how you weave everything together. Always love visiting 34th Street and leave with a smile in my heart.


  4. I hope that you ate feeling better! I think you should write to the chef and ask for the recipe...I think he would be flattered!

    Most important, thank goodness your husband is healthy. You are blessed in that respect and that is all that matters!

    Thanks for sharing the mustard packs. We buy so much mustard each year while in Paris this will be a great thing to make in the intrum.

    Get well soon

  5. Currently nasty colds appear to be a global phenomenon. So many friends and acquaintances are suffering from this debilitating strain, which seems to linger. I hope you are "on the mend" soon.
    Also a big thank you for introducing me to Rabbit Hill. xxx

  6. Glad that you got to take your Whistler trip, it spite of Mr D's issues, etc… Sorry that you have a cold. I do hope that you are feeling better by now, and ready to make that mustard… Enjoy, and take care!
    XOXO Mary

  7. Sorry you are sick with "the beast". It hung around our family for weeks on end!!
    Take good care and rest, rest, rest!
    xo Jennifer