Saturday, December 10th

I had a fabulous time today!  I spent the entire day baking Christmas treats for our friends here in France.

I’ve come to love the whole process of cooking……searching for the perfect recipe, checking the cupboards for the necessary ingredients, creating a market list, shopping for what’s needed…..then chopping, creaming, basting, blending, marinating, mixing, sauteeing, sifting…..whatever the creation requires. I love the ambrosial scents that fill the air and waft through the cottage. I even enjoy the inevitable clean-up.  For me, cooking is a soul-satisfying endeavor.

And so very different from the job I left behind in California…..where, at the end of the day, piles of paperwork surrounded me. As one project was completed, two more were started. Although I found gratification in each finished assignment, with no end in sight, a true sense of accomplishment was missing.

But not so with cooking……


German Christmas Gingerbread; Italian Fig Cookies









Cooking is like love. It should be entered into with abandon or not at all.” ~ Harriet Van Horne



About Languedoc Lady

I'm a newly retired woman from California getting ready to spend a year (or more) with my husband living the good life in Languedoc in the southwest of France.
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5 Responses to Saturday, December 10th

  1. Debra Kolkka says:

    Are you going back to your regular job?

  2. Debra,
    No, it’s was filled before I left. I did love my job….it was hard giving it up but we just couldn’t pass up the opportunity to live in France for a while.

  3. memigh says:


    I am saddened to hear you and Craig are about to leave your home for the past year plus in France to return to California. What a wonderful time you have had along with the sights you have had the good fortune to see. I will miss your daily musings and the photographs. Most of all, I will miss the descriptions of the food served throughout your travels.

    In one of your first blogs, July 2010, you wrote of the Fresh Fig Cake you prepared. And now, closing in on your last blog from France, you make Italian Fig Cookies. Beautiful.

    Bon Appetite and safe travels home.


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      Valley Fig Growers, established in 1959 and located in Fresno, California, is the largest handler of figs in North America. It’s 30 grower members represent about 40% of the California fig industry (and, since all of the commercially sold dried figs produced in the United States are grown in California, that’s quite an accomplishment). For recipes and more information, please see “”

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