Monthly Archives: March 2010
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Mais non! How can a simple egg be transformed magically into one of the worlds’ most famous omelettes? The answer can be found at La Mere Poulard on the Mont St Michel in Brittany, France.
They shared some of their secrets as I promised not to tell, but hey, let them come and find me! The key for the light and fluffy texture is achieved through much hand beating of the egg whites in a copper pot (there is a chemical reaction with the whites, similar to adding cream of tartar), then they fold in the yellows, then they bake it in an open pan on top of the fire.
Et voila! Now you too can try this at home for your Sunday brunch. Bon Appetit!
Thanks for lunch Bumpy
Hello! No, I have not fallen of the face of the planet, but it felt like it sometimes!
We returned to France the day before yesterdays (Johannesburg to Cairo to Paris to Honfleur on the Normandy coast for an oyster dinner) – what a way to end an incredible voyage thru Southern Africa!
Our travels took us thru South Africa, Botswana, Zambia and Namibia, with an original plan for 6 weeks, but we saw and experienced so much during these past 3 weeks, we felt it was best to come “home”.
So, when you are free, I have sorted thru the photos and posted a slideshow on our BumpyTours flickr page. Be prepared, as there are 500 images! Bon voyage!
Isn’t this guy magnificent ?! We stayed at Elephant Sands in Botswana on Day Two of our trip. What a cool place: the camp is totally open to the free roaming elephants. This chap was ready for a drink from the pool, so I sat down in a tiny corner close up to get this portrait. It’s hard to describe the feeling when you are so close and you realize these creatures are wild and can turn on you in a moment. I suppose awe is appropriate.
Later at night after our BBQ dinner, they came back to drink some more; we were spellbound viewing this group lit up by moonlight. Drinking from the pool by threes, then wandering around the tents. We fell asleep to the sound of them meandering by…
Loved this 4 foot long African mask in rusted metal hanging on the wall at Thulani. I wish we had space in our bags for him, but I couldn’t convince Bumpy!
See you later !
We discovered Thulani Lodge in the Melville district of Johannesburg three years ago. It has just a couple of rooms, a nice pool, great breakfast and is just down the street from a good selection of bars and restaurants.
Back again here for the start and most likely finish of our current BumpyTour: tomorrow morning and we are off on a 14-day private guided tour of Victoria Falls and then onto Botswana. I’m not too sure of the internet connections in the Kalahari, but will let you know!
Loved this royal lion (or whatever sort of creature he is) from the Chateau in Amboise, with his wild eyes, flared nostrils and tongue sticking out at you in defiance. I’ll have to remember this look if I ever go trick-or-treating again.
We spent Thursday in Amboise, visiting the chateau and relaxed before consuming a sumptuous meal. The menu was a “degustation” (tasting), so there were lots of little courses. Very interesting fusion cuisine, which we don’t often eat.
Yesterday and today are less glamorous as we are confined to Charles de Gaulle airport. But, we have a one-way tickets to Johannesburg and the fun begins!
I’ll do my best to post from the road, and will surely let you know all about the trip, where we end up and what sort of adventures we have!
As you can see, a year ago we were still in sunny climes. Not yet there right now, but soon!
845 is the number you get when you add up the fact that Chambord has 486 rooms, 282 fireplaces and 77 staircases.
Here’s another number for you: 5440. That is the amount of hectares of enclosed park around the chateau, which makes the park as large as the interior section of Paris. I find that sort of amazing.
Even more mind blowing is that this place (needless to say) was all built by hand. Can you imagine what it was like putting this immense place together, starting in the 16th century ?! I personally find this more impressive than any sky scraper around. Then again, I like fireplaces and I’ve not seen too many in sky scrapers.