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