Catch Up Kitty

Catching up on recipes, catching up on writing up. Lots of ups!

I’ve been making my final WordPress Recipe Challenges, to supreme effect on the taste buds.

How could I spend winter in France and not make a French Onion Soup? Exactly. Tanya over at Chica Andalucia made Onion Soup for a rainy day, I made it for a day when the clouds came and covered the mountains and threatened more snow. I made it using a veggie stock, so un-French of me I know,  and the apartment filled to the smells of rich browning onions. Aaaaahhhh!

Pop in and see Tanya in her Spanish hide-away, it’s a magical beautiful place full of bright ideas, dry British humour, clever skills in and around the home and garden and delicious food. Her writing draws you into her Spanish influenced world.

But guess what, I forgot to photograph it. Sacre Bleu!

And talking of Blue, Noodle over at the Fat Noodle recommended a recipe that called for Blue cheese, how could I resist. OK I know I’m weak, but really! The Cipollini and Bleu de Gex Tart was outstanding.

Outstandingly rich and creamy. perfect sharing party food. I didn’t have the exact onions, so substituted shallots, I finally managed to find some Bleu de Gex cheese on the market – kind of tangy and creamy and rich all in one hit. I’ll confess I did hold back a bit on the creams and milks – I have a diary allergy, did you know that? Well these days it’s not a killer but I do need to be a bit careful. I struggle most with milk, cream and ice cream and very rarely have them. But some days and sometimes a recipe calls out for lashings of cream. So like a brave soldier going into battle I made the tart.

Rich? Yes! Flavoursome? Yes! A Dairy hit? Yes! Did I regret eating it a teeny bit? Yes and No!

What really stood out though was the clever use of herbs – sage, thyme and rosemary. If you fancy this high cholesterol hit then go for it, it is amazing. And if you can’t get Bleu de Gex cheese you can substitute Stilton or an Auvergne Blue.

And where are the photos? Well it was eaten before I remembered. Ooops!

Have you met Noodle before? She writes up the most fabulous recipes and currently seems to be on a chocolate roundabout, it kind of makes you giddy, but you know you want to sample. I did get round to making one of her recipes recently – Sweet, sticky, tangy and spicy streaky (pork) slices when I was home alone for a few days. This is my favourite kind of Noodle cooking, delicious, an easy recipe and finger-lickin’ good. I could eat these again and again. And I probably will!

I have one last recipe to make, but that’s for home as it’s fishy, and I want to get the best fishy bits I can for my plate.

So with a distinct lack of photographic evidence I’ll just have to make these dishes again. Oh the hardship of blogging. In the meantime I hope you enjoy catching up with Marcel, he’s growing, he’s a  big sturdy kitty who goes wandering to goodness knows where. The thinking is that he has several homes, and he likes to pop in on each of them.

Clever kitty I say!


    • The tart certainly is rich, when I get home I’d like to try and play with the recipe and see if I could use more dairy substitutes, but of course keeping the blue cheese!

  • Who needs food photos when you have such a cute kitty! Thank you for the really lovely mention, am blushing here Up My Mountain. And as for that tart, oh dairy allergies here just a propensity to put on weight when I even look at cheese. But hey, it´s good for my bones…right?!

  • If that were my kitty, I would supect he ate the tart. Then washed up to hide evidence.

    • 🙂 He does look a bit suspicious doesn’t he! He never gets food from us but at the rate he’s growing he’s certainly getting plenty from elsewhere

  • Magnificent Marcel! He certainly has grown into a handsome gent! I know the feeling, so many great new recipes to try and so little time. I’d love to try a new one each day, but then there’d be no room for our favorites. What a delicious dilemma!

    • Ha ha, the Magnificent Marcel, love it 🙂
      I keep bookmarking great recipes to try, and I think when I get home I’m going to make a start on some of them, but it’s going to be a difficult choice as to where to start and then fit them all in, I love delicious dilemmas 😉

  • I could not live without ice cream I’m adicted to it so poor you. I make an ice cream that is all double cream and mars bars its very yummy but terribly fatening and that is probably why I’m not a skinny little thing – quite the opposite I’m afraid. I love caramalised onions but I can’t remember ever having French onion soup I must give it a try sometime it sounds scrummy.

    • The non-dairy ice creams have improved no end over the last few years, they actually now taste good. But I would make your homemade ice cream my annual exception – double cream and mars bars sound heavenly!
      I’d really recommend the soup, it’s fairly light but of so tasty

  • Well they SOUNDED great!!! love your wee wandering kitty, is he the same one who was in the wood shed a few months back? c

    • He he Celi! Yes he is the same wandering kitty from the wood pile, he’s grown up lots and seems to be loving Spring in the alps – so much to see and do

    • You know I’ve never made a French Onion soup with beef stock I always make ours veggie too. Just as delicious, and even better with some toasted bread and gruyere on top 🙂

  • Between the onion soup and the tart, I’d say you’ve been eating very well. Both dishes sounds delicious, Claire. And Marcel is growing up! Of course he has a number of places he calls home. It’s only right that he share himself with as many as possible. I wonder if he has a new name to go with each address.

    • You know John it’s a hard life but I did volunteer and sign up at the start of the season for the arduous task 🙂 It’s a toughie for sure!

  • Great selection of recipes and bloggers Claire. They are wonderful. As for Marcel, can he be more cute? I don’t think so… Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • They are lovely blogs and bloggers aren’t they, I always enjoy their writing and recipes, but also their feedback and comments. You can’t ask for anything else can you?! Hope you have a great weekend Giovanna 🙂

  • Sweet Marcel…Don’t suppose the neighbor will be checking your luggage before you go home for good?
    Marvelous links and recipes…enjoy the rest of your time in the Alps!

    • From the sounds of it they don’t seem to mind that he has a few homes, apparently he’s pretty naughty with them, but as we don’t feed him and we have RULES (like no jumping on the table) he’s a cutie for us. I don’t think it would be fair on Marcel to take him somewhere alien where he’d have his funny French accent taken the rip out of 🙂

  • I know.. I’ve had a wee smidge of wine.. but I could have sworn it was Marcel doing the writing today!! Lol, it actually seemed kind of cute, imagining him talking through his favorite lashings of milk and little bits of fish.. 🙂 I thoroughly enjoyed your kitten today! xoxo Smidge

    • Purrrrr 🙂 That’s not a bad idea for a post, maybe I’ll have to borrow some friends felines for another post another day. Hope you have a super weekend Smidge!

    • The soup is spot on, and if you make a batch it keeps well in the fridge for a few days. And the tart, it’s rich and filling, but you didn’t need to know that as you are already hungry 🙂

      • Well, I settled for a breakfast of cereal, but I might go for a spot of onion soup tonight… (The tart, I think, deserves better quality cheese than what can be sourced in the rather less-than-stellar super-market up by my garden, so that will wait until I get back to the city and can find a nice cheese monger.)

        • That sounds a bit more conventional! Mind you a bowl of soup after a day in the garden would be a great treat. Hope you have a great weekend 🙂

  • You have an adorable kitty Claire!
    My daughter has been nagging for a cat forever now and I keep telling her that we can’t have one in out apartment, three birds are more than enough. But I will let you in on a little secret. I am really thinking about getting her one for her birthday

      • He’s a cutie, and very gentle and sweet. Unfortunately (or maybe luckily) he’s our neighbours cat so we jsut get to see him every now and then, when he fancies popping in.
        I had cats as a kid and adored them so I’m with Nia on this one!!

  • Oh dear Claire, I can’t believe this, your cat same with mine except one thing: my cat is a Princess…. 🙂 and Marcel should be Prince… I loved so much so much, Blessing him. Thank you it was so beautiful post, with my love, nia

    • Prince Marcel of the Savoie has a ring to it! He’s a cutie but I’m sure all this fuss and attention he is receiving would go to his head 🙂
      And thank you Nia, Claire

  • Marcel is a wonderful kitty, Claire! So photogenic, too 🙂 I love blue cheese, and although the tart is awfully rich and something I’d probably need to limit, it would be a great recipe to pull out when I have house guests. And I love the French onion soup with vegetable broth. I’d prefer vegetable to beef, so this is a good suggestion. This was a very good catch-up post. And I look forward to checking out the other suggested blogs. Lovely! Debra

    • The tart was incredibly rich, outrageously so and is definietly a treat to share with friends, I really did like the mix of herbs it added lots to the flavour. I hope you are having a wonderful weekend Debra 🙂

  • No matter about the pics of the food, I loved seeing your Alps kitty doing what kitties do best! My 3 are starting to go into extra hibernation mode with winter knowing at our door.
    🙂 Mandy

    • I bet they are getting lovely thick coats in readiness for winter. I must say I do miss having cats around, it’s permanent entertainment 🙂

  • Sweet Marcel! He will be missed–for now, anyway. I hadn’t realized before that he reminds me a bit of our Watch Cat here. 🙂 Mostly, I can imagine that preparing to leave this wonderful home is wrenching, though in a bittersweet sort of way when you have the joys of your *other* home awaiting you!

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