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May 13, 2010 6:31 pm 
Updated: Jun. 8, 2010 6:12 am
Tonight, Bob and I enjoyed a French feast outside on the picnic table! It's getting that time of year that when you turn on the oven to bake something, it completely runs you outside because of the heat! Holy Hot!! On the menu tonight was: Mediterranean Summer Tomatoes< Mushroom Liver Pate< Croissants< and my variation of Blueberry Clafouti< I'll get back to these recipes in a sec! I've got to share something super exciting!!! Do you see my birdhouse?? Do you see what's happening?? I saw these guys scoping out the situation last week and didn't think much of it until I went outside this morning for my morning coffee and smoke...

And apparently, they have decided to build their home in my birdhouse!

I wasn't sure what they were so I googled blue and white birds and the nearest I can come up with is that they are Arctic Bluebirds. But if anyone knows for sure, let me know!! The mama bird looks fat and full of eggs, I think!

I have to thank Beckey Dodds for helping with this research for France...she did a wonderful job...I know you said you didn't want me to, Beckey, but I have to give credit where credit is due!
We all pretty much know that the capitol of France is Paris and that's the city of LoVe! But...
France is the gastronomical center of the world! No country has more diverse natural ingredients or more human genius for transforming them into culinary delicacies. Each French region has it's own distinctive recipes, cooking methods and utensils based on local produce. The produce varies greatly from region to region.
In the cool north, by Artois and Picardy, the soil is ideal for growing root vegetables: turnips, beetroots, carrots and potatoes. The green pastures of Normandy feed the cows which produce the rich milk that makes creme Fraiche and good butter. The fertile La Beauce Plain, just below Paris, provides the wheat that goes to make French bread, and across the Loire in Touraine, the so-called "Garden of France", cauliflower, celeriac, leeks and other green vegetables grow in abundance. In the south, along the coastland, aubegine (eggplant) and green peppers thrive, as well as peaches, melons, cherries, artichokes and asparagus. Towards the Alps, fig and nut trees flourish and gnarled olive groves produce the rich oil that provides the basis for the regions many dishes.
Each French cook feels that his or her way of cooking is the correct way and therefore there is an enormous number of French recipes for any given dish and techniques vary from village to village.
This is the variation of the Blueberry Clafouti...I didn't use blueberries, I used strawberries, cherries and peaches...and it turned out delicious!

The finished Clafouti...

I worked on the croissants since 8 am...I was going to make brioche, but figured a pate would go better with these and that they should be light enough for Bob to eat with no problems...and they are sooo worth the effort...I used to buy them at Safeway and thought Holy Bread!!! These are expensive, now I know why...they take a looonnnggg time! But so worth it in the end.

I'm proud of myself here, I'll tell ya!

I know it looks like canned cat food...don't let that deter you! If you like liver or liverwurst, you WILL love this recipe! It's not Purina, it's not's made with liverwurst and sour cream and is super filling and rich and delicious and.....I could just go on & on, but Bob and I are in the pro-liver group. I have found with liver, you either love it or you hate it, there really isn't an inbetween.

These are the Mediterranean Summer Tomatoes and these are great! I bought a red, an orange and a yellow tomato to use and I'm glad I did...I wish I could have found heirlooms or mine would grow faster, because this is a wonderful salad! Super simple to make and really pretty to look at!

And this was dinner extra Bob next door gave me 2 thumbs up on it...I made a ton of food, and I still have leftovers...anyone want to come over???
My groceries for tonight's French dinner cost me $15.42 which left $4.58 to go into my Beach Bag. The total after week 19 is $121.40...that's close to 3 nights at the beach!!
Bob pulled Baking Nana and RockyMountainKat from the hat. Baking Nana (I can't help it, I have to call her Ba-Nana) picked England and RMKat chose Germany. 50 people voted and the slim majority want to see Germany next week 26-24. So Germany it shall be!
Bob's voice is near gone and we are working on a sign language system (thumbs up, thumbs down, flipping the bird...) to do some of the communication. The ol' RV is pretty quiet nowdays...except at night...that guy can still out-snore a Stihl! Between his and the girl dog, Sasha's snoring, it's dang near impossible to fall asleep before 10:00! So, I'm tired! Until we meet in Germany next week...say something randomly nice to one person a day! Peace!

May 13, 2010 6:38 pm
Great job on the croissants! This makes me want to go back to France and Paris! The Clafouti looks great too.
May 13, 2010 6:46 pm
Beautiful! I guess we will do Enland another week! Let me know when and I will be there for back up suggestions. As for aren't getting any help for me!
May 13, 2010 6:48 pm
I'm so impressed with the croissants! Congrats. The rest of it looks wonderful as well although I'm on the other side of the Liver. But hey, when you're cooking around the world ya have to take a chance right, so guess I would try. Maybe I'll swing by for some of those leftovers. As always, thanks for the great blog.
May 13, 2010 6:48 pm
We will do England another week and your name goes back in the hat, Baking Nana...that's how we roll here!!
May 13, 2010 6:51 pm
I'm thoroughly impressed that you tackled croissants from scratch in an RV! I haven't even had the ambition to try them with a full kitchen!! The pate sounds like something I would really like, cuz I like braunschweiger. Great job once again!! Tell Bob we're sending good thoughts and prayers his way.
May 13, 2010 6:53 pm
I have to try those croissants, and the clafouti this summer, when the blackberries are ripe! And of course the tomato salad. John and I aren't fans of liver, but that recipe looks easy and OK! Good job, WW! See you in Germany next week...
May 13, 2010 6:55 pm
Oh my!What a great job you did on France.I would love to come over for leftovers.I'll bring the rest of the strawberry pie I made.I canned strawberry jam twice this week.Would go good with those croissants.
May 13, 2010 7:07 pm
Once again I'm impressed with your wonderful blogs and I look forward to your beautiful pictures too! Thanks for sharing your talent with us and keep them coming :)
May 13, 2010 7:15 pm
Dinner looks wonderful! BTW, I noted on Facebook that I thought your birds might be indigo buntings, but that was before I saw your later post and also these pics. Definitely not the bunting, but cute!
May 13, 2010 7:32 pm
How cool is that you have bluebirds?! Did you like the clafouti? I made a plum one last year. Turned out nice, no one would eat it but me, which was ok with me, LOL!
May 13, 2010 7:36 pm
We actually enjoyed it a lot! The description said it was like a cake/cobbler deal, but Bob thought it more of a bread pudding type texture. I don't know...I've never had bread pudding, to me, it just doesn't sound right! But the Clafouti was really good!!
May 13, 2010 7:40 pm
Great blog.... As always.... Can't wait for the next one, SOOOO envy your cooking ability, mine whimpers in comparison.... YOU ROCK!!!!
May 13, 2010 8:01 pm
Ok...Im going to start following you.. $15 for this? I think Im a good shopper...this aint so. I so LOVE the french food...NICE BLOG! Who won? German? :)
May 13, 2010 8:07 pm
Croissants. Made those for the first time this winter. I had no idea they were so GOOD! Lovely job on your blog!!! Next week you're off to the other side of my family tree's origins. You go girl!!!! Hope Bob isn't feeling too bad, positive thoughts for you both coming from here daily!
May 13, 2010 8:51 pm
You are so good! Great blog! Bob is in my prayers...God bless you two!
May 13, 2010 8:57 pm
i'll stop by and eat some leftovers :) i don't eat meat, but that salad looks tasty!
May 13, 2010 9:12 pm
Croissants? You made croissants from scratch? In an RV? Are you insane? Ok, we won't go there. I don't do diagnoses online. Wow, W2, I'm so impressed! You are truly one adventurous, gutsy woman! Glad Bob could at least eat some of it. Hang in there, girl!
May 13, 2010 9:50 pm
I always look forward to reading your blog! Did you figure out any good tips/tricks while making the croissants? Can't wait until I have some fresh berries to try the Clafouti.
May 13, 2010 10:20 pm
Once again, it all looks delicious.
May 13, 2010 10:21 pm
LOVE my backyard birds, so I am so excited for you and the bluebirds. That will be so much fun to follow. ALL the food looked good, but too am amazed (a word you applied to me in my last blog) with the croissant! I am now going to make croissants, soo. I hate liver, but love pate and liverwurst, and on fresh croissants! OMG!
May 13, 2010 11:09 pm
Great job, the croissants look awesome!! I have the same problem here with my DH if I don't fall asleep before him well the I'm up the creek lol, still sending thoughts and prayers!!:-)
May 14, 2010 2:08 am
I'm not fond of liver, but the meal looks great! Keep up the interesting meals!
May 14, 2010 3:03 am
Great Blog! The food looks yummy.
May 14, 2010 6:18 am
What beautiful birds, and what delicious looking food! :-) Me and my Bob are sending out prayers to you and your Bob.
May 14, 2010 6:40 am
Croissants from scratch- that sounds wonderful! I can't handle the liver though. It's not so much the taste as it is the texture. Also, I love your sign language system! See you in Germany! :)
May 14, 2010 7:01 am
I love reading your just always makes me smile. Best wishes to you and Bob!
May 14, 2010 7:15 am
Looks like a fabulous picnic! Nice job on the croissants - I've never tried to make my own. I love watching birds - those look almost like Tree Swallows, but I think the coloring on the back might be off...the ones my mom used to have in her yard were more irridescent purple/blue on the backs.
May 14, 2010 7:24 am
Dinner looks absolutely "MAGNIFIQUE"! I'm going to give the croissants a whirl!! Love liverwurst but never had pate, might give that a try too! All the best to you and Bob and see ya in Germany next week.
May 14, 2010 7:50 am
BIRD UPDATE: Daddy's busy at work hauling grass and such in the house, I think mama layed her eggs...I'm not going to disturb them to find out, though...I went and bought birdseed yesterday at Walmart and also bought a hummingbird feeder...this morning as daddy blue bird was industriously working at making a home for his family, I had a pair of birds swoop down for a nibble of seed...they were about the same size as my blue birds, but one was red and the other was a plain mottled I'm watching the blue birds, now I have red birds and about that time, a green colored hummingbird stopped by for a drink of nectar...I'm getting the whole dang rainbow of's amazing! I never really stopped to pay attention to birds before, except the eagles and hawks out here, so this is new and exciting, so if I sound like an excited kid, I AM! Birds are pretty cool to watch!
May 14, 2010 8:31 am
The red and brown birds sound like a pair or cardinals. Males are red and females are brown. They have the most wonderful sound.
May 14, 2010 8:37 am
no, they aren't cardinals...they are too small for those...I'm wondering if swallows or wrens can be red??? I also saw a wild canary or parakeet out back and it was yellow...truly a rainbow of birds going on! I also can hear them, but haven't seen them yet...owls!!
May 14, 2010 10:28 am
Gorgeous meal! Those croissants look wonderful :) Looking forward to seeing what Germany brings!
May 14, 2010 11:11 am
Everything looks good. I use to not like liver growing up but now I love it. I love bird watching as well. There is some type of brown birds that made a nest in my porch.
May 14, 2010 11:44 am
Although liver is not really for me (I agree-you either love it or you hate it), the rest looks delish! You did a great job in France, and congrats on the new birdy family. :) I voted England but excited to see Germany all the same. :P See you next week!
May 14, 2010 12:07 pm
Hi, Olivia...nice to see your bright and smiling "face"!! I'm finding out that birds are actually pretty cool! That pate was super good...I used to hate liver until an ex-boyfriend of mine showed me how to deep fry it...I really liked that and enjoy it every now and then...I can't take a steady diet of it, though!
May 14, 2010 12:09 pm
Hey there, Pyrex...yesterday afternoon, I thought that the birds had flown the coop, so to speak, but the daddy bird was hauling stuff in this morning, so I'm happy about that! I just need to figure out what that red bird is now...I'm really starting to get into this bird watching stuff, although this time last year, I literally did think it was for the birds...LOL!
May 14, 2010 12:10 pm
Hey, Kathleen! How was the trip??? If you all haven't checked out Kathleen's blogs, you should...she writes the best "how-to" blogs on here!
May 14, 2010 12:51 pm
Your meal looks exquisite, WW! You are really into this and I'm loving reading about it and seeing your photos as well. Beautiful phots to say the least. The blue birds are quite a treat for people that appreciate wildlife such as yourself (and me as well). Consider how blessed you are and all the best to Bob. He's in my prayers.
May 14, 2010 1:03 pm
Hi, Lace...I thought the pate looked like canned cat food...LMAO! For Real!! But thank you...I appreciate that!
May 14, 2010 1:16 pm
we've done thousands of miles in France in an RV over the years. We are envious. Enjoy. Wish we were there now......
May 14, 2010 2:23 pm
I didn't even know you could make croissants from scratch!! You are awesome! I'd love to stop by, have some leftovers (without the liver, yuck!), and watch some birds with ya. We had baby owls a few years back and they were curious little fellas - last year we had hawks nesting in our woods. I think that's why the owls left us. We have some of those huge pileated(spelling?) woodpeckers. Those suckers make a heck of a racket, gives me a headache just thinking about pounding their beaks into the trees!! How long will Bob's voice be gone? Thoughts go out to you guys.
May 14, 2010 2:26 pm
You are right the pate does look a little like cat food, but what does it smell like? I am curious. I love braunsweiger so I would probably think it was marvelous! I was originally envisioning real goose livers and wondering where you could have possibly purchased those on a shoestring budget so this was a great idea!!!!! Excellent on the croissants, salad, and dessert. By the way, a bread pudding has the consistency somewhat like a custard because it has egg in it to bind it together. I am sure you know that a fruit cobbler dough is more kin to biscuit. This sounds like it was kind of in between because it has the fruit and flour. So I guess I agree with Bob on this one.
May 14, 2010 3:58 pm
CEENEY...I wish I were there too...someday...
May 14, 2010 4:34 pm
Hello, Ann...there you are! We have a couple of woodpeckers around here and they DO make quite the racket! Last spring, Bob and I watched some hawks dive bombing a couple of bald eagles that were too close to their nest or something. We have Canadian geese that nest in the fields across the street next to the river. I hear hooting owls all night and all morning, I haven't seen them yet, although I would love to! I read a book when I was a kid about a boy in Saskatchewan who got a couple of baby owls and raised them...great story! I'm really getting in to watching these various birds around here...they are really something to watch with all of the differences in colors and shapes and sizes! Bob still has a bit of a voice, more like a very husky whisper...they said it could be up to a month or so after he finishes treatment to get it back, or it may never come completely back at all...time will tell. His last treatment is scheduled for May 27th...
May 14, 2010 4:35 pm
Ooo la la! Dining al fresco: tres chic! Liver was one of my dad's favorites, but Mother was squimish about handing it. One year I gave him liver and onions for his birthday. Prepared in my kitchen, drove it over in time for his supper. AND my freshman year at college I ate liver (once) because I was missing my dad THAT much. Ha. ha. Beautiful blog again. Bird watching...great!
May 14, 2010 4:38 pm
Girl, you are fearless!! Croissants from scratch in an RV...I doff my hat to you. I wonder if your small red birds are scarlet tanagers. They are so much fun to watch. Great blog and pics. Can't wait for Germany.
May 14, 2010 4:40 pm
Hi cookhealthy! The pate didn't really smell like anything to me other than liverwurst...but it tastes like the creamiest liverwurst you've ever had studded with little bites of sauted mushrooms...I used a mixture of white button and time I'll try some oyster, chantrelle and shitakes...also I used some of my own (YEA!) green onions and my own parsley that I grew out front!! The dough of the clafouti was more custardy consistency and I really enjoyed it. It was super simple to make and the beauty of that recipe is you can make it with any fruit or combo of fruit...possibilities are endless! I think if I had a mixer still, I would have whipped up some heavy cream with a little triple sec and that would have been a fantastic topping for it...I burned up my hand mixer when I was cooking Ireland and I need to get another know, the $6 jobs from Walmart...oh, well...whenever I'm there I always forget to get one...that and batteries for my camera :P Thanks for stopping by!!
May 14, 2010 4:43 pm
I'm not sure, Hezzy...I went to and couldn't find them anywhere...I did find my blue birds though and after close examination and listening to the recording of them, I have concluded that they are swallows of some type. I did see a wild finch today out back...he was yellow and really cool. My batteries are low in my camera so I couldn't get it focus in very well!! I'm going to get a can of spray paint tomorrow and use some milk jugs and make some more bird houses...they won't be as cool as my wood one, but they will be functional and it will give me an excuse to relive my childhood and climb that pine tree out back!! Cross your fingers that I don't fall and if I do, that I fall on my big ol' a$$ will cushion the landing...LOL!
May 14, 2010 4:46 pm
Hey BigShotsMom!! There you are...was wondering how you've been!! I just don't know what the red bird is...usually, from what I've been reading, the males are more colorful than the what I assume is the male was red and the female was a mottled brown....really a dull looking bird! I'm looking all over town in hopes of finding some blood sausage for the Germany blog..I love that stuff, although it is RICH!!
May 14, 2010 5:37 pm
Fun blog. I think it all looks good. We *love* bird-watching dad is a fanatic and he got us (and our kids) into it years ago. We live in the "sort-of" country on two acres, so we have tons. Lots of was really windy this week and I found a little egg from a mockingbird's nest on the sidewalk yesterday. :-(
May 14, 2010 6:03 pm
Great blog, as usual. I'm so excited about your bluebirds. I've never even seen one! I've been watching and feeding birds (and squirels) for years. I've never seen an owl in nature either, although I've heard them. I haven't seen an eagle yet, either. We have lots of hawks and turkey buzzards flying over the highways looking for road kill. I checked with the National Audubon Society and the state of Washington to see if I could find your birds, but I don't know what county you are in. It is a big state! You can check in and read their newsletters and bird sitings. Each chapter is very different from the other, and the shore birds wouldn't be the same as the river and mountain ones. Peterson's field guide to the birds is the best resource. It is divided up by territories. Your library probably has several of them. They are small so you can put them in your pocket. They also have them on trees, flowers, bugs, etc. But the bird book is my favorite. Don't put your feeder too close to the bird house because all birds are territorial about their nests, but they will share the feeder. If there are too many strange birds coming around for the food, the bluebirds might move out.
May 14, 2010 6:30 pm
Hi Lynna...I've never seen a mockingbird, that's one for my list of things to see!
May 14, 2010 6:32 pm
Hey there, Daiseyland! I'm in Cowlitz County in Washington...we are near enough to the coast that we do get shore birds and even seals up the river here at times following the salmon and smelt when they run. They can get to be a pain in the @ss!! I'll check out that website, I appreciate that a lot!!
May 14, 2010 6:40 pm
O la la those crossiants look divine ("Fancy Nancy" speak, those with little girls know what I am talking about). I am stuffed but I'd still rush over to have a bite if it was possible. Totally impressed with the pate, and I am in the no go liver group. I just think it is cool to be able to say you made pate and crossiants. I'd be shouting that out to the neighbors...if I had any. You continue to inspire!
May 14, 2010 6:47 pm
Just had to share a funny little oops story with you, northpolemom...I made up a recipe for chicken salad sandwiches. Took pictures for a how-to blog...went to plug my memory card from my camera into the computer and apparently I hadn't pushed that sucker in the camera far enough and I lost every picture I shot...I gotta laugh at myself! The recipe is called Chicken Salad Sandwiches a la Laurrie (yes, that's my name) and the link is They turned out fantastic and Bob was actually able to eat one!! And it had celery and nuts in it!!!
May 14, 2010 10:16 pm
Sorry to be so late to the party - I had to go away for a few days during the day and then return to help Diana, so I was REAL busy! Super job, as per normal, WW! I didn't want to mention it before, so as not to influence your choices, but I have to SERIOUSLY recommend one of SJ's French recipes she has up - it is truly amazing and I urge you to try it. It is freezable (slice it first) and just defrost a slice when you wnat a real treat, and it's smooth enough I am sure for Bob. She originally named it as a direct translation from the French ("Chicken Liver Parfait") but that got confusing to people who were unaware that Parfaits are not restricted to dessert-type thingies! I'm sure you would LOVE this ...
May 15, 2010 2:06 am
<----------- loves liver (or any organ meat for that matter). Great blog, as always!
May 15, 2010 6:04 am
Hi Phil...we do love chicken livers, so I will be saving that recipe!! How's Diana doing? I hope she's getting better!! Dave...thanks...and remember to have some dog can drinking many more that way!!
May 15, 2010 8:14 am
Hmm WW that would frustrate me, it would take me some time to laugh at myself. However it makes me feel much better, as I typed a post for my earlier commment twice, have no idea where the first one went. Always throws me when I hear someones real name, you'll still be WW in my head as it had quite the headstart with my brain.= ) Off to make breakfast for the troops.
May 15, 2010 8:29 am
The 27th will be here before you know it! We had a Canada goose once that lived in our yard for 7 years. My son found her on the side of the road, a newly hatched gosling left alone. As she grew we discovered why she was left behind. Her wings were deformed, growing out, away from her body so she could never fly. Momma Goose must have known that and was letting Mother Nature take it's course. Well, Spike (as we called her) spent her years walking around our yard, making a heck of a mess. She was really tame and would eat out of our hands. She spent a lot of time by my daughter's open window "singing" to Garth Brooks and the Backstreet Boys. We couldn't decide if she liked them, or hated the music. She left us when one of our "not-so-kind" neighbors from down the road allowed their dog to get loose and attack her. That really ticked me off. I haven't really spoken to them since. Could the red birds have been some type of finch? We have smallish red birds that are finches, about the size of the yellow canary-like finch birds.
May 15, 2010 9:11 am
Hmm WW that would frustrate me, it would take me some time to laugh at myself. However it makes me feel much better, as I typed a post for my earlier commment twice, have no idea where the first one went. Always throws me when I hear someones real name, you'll still be WW in my head as it had quite the headstart with my brain.= ) Off to make breakfast for the troops.
May 15, 2010 9:17 am
I've been catching up with some of your world touring, it sounds like so much fun. I wish we could spend more time in our trailer, seems we use it for extended camping trips then return it to storage. I love the hanging fish in your Singapore blog, did you get a new trailer?
May 15, 2010 9:50 am
Hey there WW, Saturday morning and just getting caught up on some of these blogs. I thought I had commented on this one already, but I guess not. I'm thinking the pictures of the birds are perhaps a stellar jay or some variety of blue jay. The thing that throws me thought is they are building a nest in the bird house? That is not what they tend to do. They tend to build their nests in the trees or hollowed out stumps. I wished you had a clearer pic of them. Food looks dandy and I happen to love a good pate. France is a beautiful country and my personal favorite is the south of France along the Mediterranean.
May 15, 2010 9:51 am
And side note to Dave in didn't just say you love all organ meats did you? :D
Cathy C 
May 15, 2010 10:25 am
You are one AWESOME woman! Addicted to your Mama bird and let us know when the eggs hatch! Love those yellow tomatoes - we grew them last year and their flavor is awesome....hard to find tho. I HATE liver (and am allergic to it) but the rest of the food looks scrumptious. Your family is in my prayers for speedy recovery....Keep up your research - we all love it!
May 15, 2010 10:32 am
Loved your blog, pics, recipes as usual! Love the sign language too! Many chuckles over that-if I'm really not all that ticked off at my hubby I give him the bird sideways! It's our way of saying back off! Not nice, but after 36 years of marriage we don't really mean anything by it! Love the birds - what a great little cottage for them-Blessings to you and your Bob!
May 15, 2010 1:34 pm
Those tomatoes really look yummy, ww! Love the views you get from your RV. It must be so comforting to live where you do. Nice blog, as usual!!
May 15, 2010 2:06 pm
Avon.....LMAO @ what you said to Dave!!!
May 15, 2010 4:02 pm
Hey WW! My husband went crazy over the pic of the liver pate, and now he wants me to make it.... hope it is not toooooo difficult, with the wheelchair and all. I can zip pretty fast around the kitchen and everyone, animals and husband, has learned to stay out of my way. It is fun, a button pushes it up and down so I am at the right height for whatever I am doing. I lost my arm and hand control, and waited for months to have the surgery to get them back. Well, last October I got them back, and they gave me my chair to be able to cook and unfortunately clean. :) Anyway, your dinner looks amazing! The croissants were marvelous, and of course the pate looked yummy! Thank you for letting us into your life for these blogs. I used to just read them, now I have the confidence to comment. Thank You!!
May 15, 2010 6:16 pm
Look up Purple Martin... that's what they look like, to me. Purple Martins love birdhouses... Back home, in Kentucky, they would set big bird aprartment houses on poles for the martins, who loved them. Martins are great at keeping down mosquitoes and biting flies... they put the houses up on poles to prevent snakes from rading the nests... snakes love baby martins. Not sure if that's what they are, but they sure do remind me of martins, in your pic.
May 15, 2010 6:31 pm
Hi choppie!! The pate was really easy! I'm glad you're leaving comments, how else would I know that you like the blogs??? LOL! I'm hoping you have a speedy recovery...keep me posted! Thanks, TLW...I'll look those up!
May 15, 2010 9:41 pm
The birds are beautiful. How exciting to have them building a nest in the birdhouse. I love to watch all the birds around here. We feed them all winter. Your meal looks great for even a non-pro liver person. Have you ever made pate before? I just came to look for a recipe for strawberries. We went to Dayton Tenn and got Strawberries straight from the truck that came straight from the field. That recipe looks great. I hope Bob continues to do okay with the radiation. I'm so sorry he has lost his voice. Good, healing vibes for him.
May 16, 2010 6:27 am
Wow! Great job on the croissants...I've never attempted them but now maybe I'll give it a try! Everything else looks great,too!
May 16, 2010 6:31 am
I've been reading your blog for a while and wanted to tell you how much I like it. I'll be working on your Japan menu this week.
May 16, 2010 6:38 am
Incredible meal! I'm officially starving right now...the croissants are incredible. I LOVE that tomato salad recipe, I use it often too. Looking forward to Germany!
May 16, 2010 6:55 am
Great blog and photos too. So different than the typical items one would think of for a French meal. Can't wait for Germany! I love German food!!
May 16, 2010 7:22 am
Hi there, CookinArgentina...I have to choose dishes that are soft enough for Bob to attempt to eat, otherwise that French menu would have been totally different!!
May 17, 2010 6:02 am
I'm very impressed that you took the time and effort to make your own croissants. The one time I attempted it it took almost 6 hours! If you like pate try a chicken liver pate recipe, so good.
May 17, 2010 8:02 am
I would definately like chicken livers, Susan...we both love them...I chose that particular pate recipe because I don't have a food processor or anything like that...I have all these things in storage, just no room in here to put them :)
May 17, 2010 9:09 am
Inspired (and in awe!) yet again! ~sigh~
May 17, 2010 1:38 pm
WOW! Croissants! *Deep curtsy* I am so impressed! And it looks like you have an Anna's hummingbird, and possibly Purple Martins, although they're usually found on the E. side of our state.. You're living in a birder's paradise! I'm glad to hear the last day of Bob's treatment is very near and send thumbs up to him, and to you. Great blog, as usual!
May 17, 2010 2:11 pm
Just discovered your blog, and was wondering if you bought your RV there or are renting and where your recipe's are coming from? The Clafouti looks delicious, but sorry... liver no....Your adventure sounds like so much fun, and reasonable. We were in Germany and France recently and defintely NOT reasonable, but still loved the countries. Have fun. Loved reading your blog.
May 17, 2010 2:39 pm
Hi Vel...I live in Washington state and I'm cooking 52 different cuisines in 52 around the world in a year, so to speak...I search the internet for my recipes...I have to make recipes my husband can eat, he has throat cancer and is in radiation treatment for it right now. And, yes, we do own our RV, we rent the space, though! Thanks for stopping by!
May 18, 2010 7:42 am
Those summer tomatoes look amazing. I can almost taste them...such a quintessential summer treat.
May 18, 2010 7:44 am
Nice job WW - I thought I had posted before but I guess I just thought about it! I love the birds! I love keeping track of the birds around here. Looking forward to next week.
May 19, 2010 5:30 am
ok, this weekend is my planting weekend and I'm going to do tomatoes. I've downsized the garden into a 9ft. old clawfoot bathtub so have to be choosy about what to plant. Your tomato dish has inspired me. Tomatoes and basil it will be.
May 19, 2010 9:56 am
As always, I want to eat some of everything! Glad you're adding birdwatching to your blog. The more I read, the more I find we have in common. Flowers on my tomato and pepper plants..can't wait! Hugs to Bob. Each new day brings us more to be thankful for.
May 19, 2010 10:50 am
Hi WW, This is the 2nd time I happened upon your blog. You're an interesting lady for sure. I'll continue to follow along and maybe add a thing or two as time goes by. My best wishes to Bob and you.
May 19, 2010 3:51 pm
awesome job says it all :) the food looks delicious!!!
May 20, 2010 1:32 pm
Germany blog coming up tonight!
May 20, 2010 1:58 pm
Hello! I've been following your blog for a while now, and finally had to sign up just to say hello to my neighbor and to tell you how much I'm enjoying all this.
May 20, 2010 4:06 pm
Where are you at, RockHunny?
May 20, 2010 7:24 pm
enjoyed your french recipe! i love pate- so many ways to make it. it looked great to me! i have a motor home but no real oven, just a microwave/convection- haven't figured out how to use it properly.knowing the limited space you are working in, it is amazing to me that you can produce such great meals. my prayers are with you. keep up the good work!
May 20, 2010 10:37 pm
I'm really enjoying your blogs! I too am living la vida loca in an rv. We're currently in Missouri and I like knowing what others out there are making those we love to feed. I now have a convection/microwave oven and this is very new to me. So baking, (which with a normal oven) was something I did often is a complete mystery to me. Also went from an electric stovetop to gas. This is better. I have conquered that one! I really enjoy the content of history with the food knowledge. You save me the time of internet surfing. :) All I have to do is.... "Greek food".... I'll just see what the Witchywomen is whipping up this week! Love from a stranger to you and your hubby. Hope he's doing better. Vicki
May 23, 2010 2:11 pm
Great blog! I think your birds are tree swallows. We have tons of them up here, they eat lots of mosquitos, not only beautiful but useful to have around! Brightest Blessings.
Jun. 8, 2010 6:12 am
Hello. I am curious about your travel routes. Last I heard you were in Singapore. How was the drive in the R.V. I would like to know what countries you went through and what border check points were like. My boyfriend and I live in Paris and we have thought about driving to Singapore in a R.V. when we move there next year. I was hoping to catch you while you were in Paris. I suppose I am too late. Have fun in Germany. Make stops in Belgium on your way and try a few abbey beers. Let me know if want suggestions on what to try.
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I've been married to my husband for over 8 years. My husband is a cancer survivor. We live in SW Washington state by Mt. St. Helens, but I'm originally from Forks, the little town made famous by the Twilight movies. My blog is called Baked Lava and I'm currently cooking my way around the world. I write a monthly column for our local newspaper called Life in an RV and that site is I've had my blog featured in Trailblazer Magazine. I love my recycled container garden and I love to create new recipes. I rarely follow a recipe to the letter, unless it involves baking. My husband & I don't have children unless you count the 4-legged variety...we have 4 of those: Puppa, Sasha, KiKi & Super Dave the Girl Cat. I am a prize-winning nature photographer.
My favorite things to cook
I don't have really a favorite thing to cook, per say...I'm not afraid to cook anything. I've recently taught myself how to can and make bread. I still have no great love of making cookies. I'm getting very well-versed in worldwide cuisine, as I'm cooking my way around the world. I love to create new recipes and rarely, anymore, do I have one that flops, but it does and will happen...the road to hell was paved with good intentions, or so they say. My favorite cuisine in this worldwide culinary adventure has been, so far, Belgium...fantastic food! I also am partial to Vietnamese, Korean, Azerbaijani and Hungarian cuisine...and Middle Eastern food kicks @ss!
My favorite family cooking traditions
My favorite family cooking tradition is the weekly international meals that I prepare. The tradition is that my blog readers choose what country they would like to see from week to week and I cook an entire meal for 4 people with a budget of $20. Right now I am in the middle of my "Austerity" project where we are solely eating from the freezers and really have to creative to do this and I am making up recipes as I go...I have used a few AR recipes and credit back to them, though.
My cooking triumphs
I've had several of my original recipes published, I've had my blog featured in a magazine, I now write a monthly food column based on my blog for our local newspaper and I'm already one year into my cooking venture of Around the World in an RV. I am a Food Buzz featured publisher, I'm on PetitChef, RecipesUS and Foodista among many, many other cooking websites. I guess it's safe to say that due to my cooking, I have now ventured into the world of food blogging and into a smaller group of us fellow global food bloggers and I've made some amazing friends.
My cooking tragedies
There have been several and there aren't enough characters in the 1000 allotted to list them all down!
Argentina  |  Australia & New Zealand  |  Brazil  |  Canada  |  China  |  France  |  Germany  |  India  |  Italy  |  Japan  |  Korea  |  Mexico

Netherlands  |  Poland  |  Quebec  |  Russia  |  SE Asia  |  United Kingdom & Ireland  |  United States