Living France - - Welcome - Vicky Leigh, Editor

I’m not re­ally one for mak­ing New Year’s res­o­lu­tions, but in Jan­uary I de­cided I should try to ex­pand my some­what lim­ited culi­nary reper­toire. I was full of good in­ten­tions and threw my­self into my new chal­lenge with gusto, but I’ll ad­mit that my com­mit­ment has wa­vered of late. Per­haps my sub­con­scious knew that this would hap­pen around now when I was plan­ning this is­sue, be­cause it’s given me the mo­ti­va­tion boost I need.

Chef Ian Fisk’s en­thu­si­asm for fresh lo­cal pro­duce is in­fec­tious, and in­ter­view­ing him and his wife Sara about their life and cook­ery school in Dor­dogne (p46) has cer­tainly en­cour­aged me to keep cook­ing. The recipes we fea­ture every month should pro­vide me with plenty of inspiration, and as there’s no time like the present, I’ll be hav­ing Salade Ly­on­naise for din­ner this evening (see page 62).

I’ve been toy­ing with the idea of sign­ing up for a veg box de­liv­ery ser­vice for a while now, and

dis­cov­er­ing that River­ford Or­gan­ics has a French con­nec­tion might just be what con­vinces me. Find out more about the com­pany’s farm in Vendée on page 32. Not only will I be spend­ing more time in the kitchen, I’ve also been in­spired to pick up a paint­brush by Amer­i­can artist Melissa Fer­reira (p40), fol­low the ex­am­ple set by France’s cities and do my bit for the en­vi­ron­ment (p36), re­dec­o­rate my home with a flo­ral theme (p54), and move to In­dre (p22). I think that’s enough to be get­ting on with for the time be­ing.

The other thing that has given me a boost this month is see­ing how many peo­ple have joined our new Face­book group, ‘Liv­ing in France’, be­cause they’re either plan­ning a move to or are al­ready liv­ing in France. Turn to page 14 to find out how to join – we look for­ward to meet­ing you!

See­ing all the fresh pro­duce on dis­play at a French mar­ket is guar­an­teed to en­cour­age me to be more ad­ven­tur­ous with in­gre­di­ents

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