A series of anecdotes with or without any connection to the running of a restaurant.

Saturday, June 03, 2006

Sunny days and cold pizza...












I took these photos Friday evening! Today has been even warmer!

Our Casa del Mar terrace...











Arty Farty stuff....












I came to the UK at the age of 22 and have lived here longer than I did in Algeria. But I still long for the sun and the Med ...

When days like these manage to break through the grey monotony of the North East coast my heart skips a few beats....

On days like this I begin fancying chargrilled foods, salads, fresh fish, Rosé, ice cold lagers, long walks, a watermelon on a the beach, the sound of cicadas...


Tomorrow: BBQ for sure!



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Blogger ramblingwoman said...

I know what you mean...in Britain we have WEATHER. Day after day of sunshine can get a bit monotonous sometimes. My parents lived in southern Spain for eight years, but they still went on about the winter nights being FREEZING...it's all relative.

The British seasons do have their merits. However, the winter does seem to have gone on beyond a joke this year! It's so lovely to see the sun at last. Enjoy your BBQ! What's happened to the rabbit food you said you were on? (I only ask because I'm now on that regime)

3/6/06 8:02 PM  
Blogger lettuce said...

Lovely pics, I like the arty farty one.

But surely all the way up there, you shouldn't have expected Spring to arrive before now, should you?

3/6/06 8:51 PM  
Blogger Le Chat said...

We did a barbecue today and it was great. Well, sort of. Everyone was so pissed that things kept getting burnt and then people kept taking stuff off and not putting anything else on(not clothes, I mean food on the barbecue). Then the chap next door singed (how do you spell that - I don't mean he was singing - I mean he burnt) his beard. And so I got bits of burnt beard all over my halloumi cheese. Hah! Nothing like hairy cheese eh? It was so stupid it didn't care.

31 years though! That's a long time. I can never believe that I have lived here longer than I lived in Switzerland, can you?(not Switzerland obviously, Algeria I mean). I'm sure time went slower back then.

3/6/06 9:49 PM  
Blogger cream said...

Rambler, winter nights in Spain or the Med for that matter are very cold! It always snows in Winter. But nothing beats Spring on the Med...
Rabbit food is still on the menu... Lots of salads...
But the BBQ will bring a welcome change!

L, there's an ugly building on the marina but I cropped and its reflection looks nice.
All the way up here, we are thankful for every little ray of sunshine you send us!

3/6/06 9:55 PM  
Blogger cream said...

Kitty, sounds like my kind of BBQ but I wouldn't have been able to stand by the end of it let alone write such a funny comment! Hahaha

Nothing wrong with eating charred food when you've had a skinful!
Was it Demis who sang and singed his beard?

Yes, 31 years! Can't believe it! But I make sure my time still goes slow these days... No rush! Just enjoy every minute!
You are a hoot!

3/6/06 10:02 PM  
Blogger Christine said...

Casa looks fabulous! I can close my eyes and imagine sitting there with my girlfriends. A few glasses of wine and plenty of gossip. Goodtimes.

Enjoy your BBQ, Cream!

Muah!

4/6/06 12:10 AM  
Blogger ramblingwoman said...

I'm am sitting in anticipation of the blow by blow account of your BBQ food Cream! Especially your marinades - bet you do brilliant ones!

Or will it be just good old bangers and burgers? (somehow I think not)

4/6/06 9:51 AM  
Blogger cream said...

Christine, you are welcome to fly in for a slow Mojito with your friends...
It was a great night!

Rambler, you better begin drooling... I will let you know what was had if I can remember...

4/6/06 11:17 AM  
Blogger cream said...

The Great British weather strikes again!!!
CLOUDS... CLOUDS... CLOUDS...
The BBQ is off but Sunday lunch is on at a local restaurant!

4/6/06 12:38 PM  
Blogger Cherrypie said...

Was that it? One nice day = summer 2006? Where's the sun gone? Are you keeping it up there? can you send it south for 100 miles or so please. I've dug my shorts out of the back of the wardrobe and I would like an opportunity to wear them without gooseflesh xxx

4/6/06 12:39 PM  
Blogger andrea said...

I didn't grow up in a hot clime but my heart skips a beat, too, when the sun comes to stay for a bit. Do love the reflections in the bottom photo.

4/6/06 3:15 PM  
Blogger Le Chat said...

Yes, it started to rain when we sat down to lunch here. Still it had its advantage, in the confusion of moving everything indoors I managed to swap my almost empty wine glass for a full one!

Shame about your barbecue. Maybe next weekend?

4/6/06 5:27 PM  
Blogger wendz said...

Wine wine wine..everybody's on about wine..and sun...grrrr...

I shall brew up a cuppa and sulk.

4/6/06 6:17 PM  
Blogger cream said...

Cherrybabe, that's it! We've had our summer! Two days of glorious sunshine and it's back to crappy weather! We're in the same boat!
As for your shorts, please do wear them and make us jealous!

Andrea, the sun does stuff to people! Good stuff!

Kitty, I had lunch with friends...Then we had lots of wine in the garden and trampoline madness... The rain came late and spoilt the day! I just have to drown my sorrows, now!

Wendz, love to invite you but it's such a long way! Thinking of you enjoying your tea....

4/6/06 7:33 PM  
Blogger wendz said...

Ha ha ha - Cream on a trampoline....ooh - I made a rhyme...did you manage a mid-air triple somersault then?

4/6/06 9:24 PM  
Blogger Ale said...

oh stop you're an English gentleman now- is all!

5/6/06 3:08 AM  
Blogger homo escapeons said...

Well Dorian GREY it sounds like you need your MEDs!

I find cloudy dreary grey blah weather intolerable and completely unacceptable. I would go absolutely bonkers without the Sunshine!

That being said,
(cue the Stones)..You can't always get what you want..

5/6/06 6:17 AM  
Blogger ValGalArt said...

Hi Cream! I was looking forward to seeing your pictures but they seem to be missing so i shall return!

5/6/06 6:19 AM  
Blogger cream said...

Wendz, why are you laughing? I nearly broke my neck getting off the boooooooooooger!

Ale, yes I have a bowler hat and a black umbrella for the crap weather that spoilt the bbq!

H.E, no You can't always get what you want.. but shouldn't stop you from dreaming about it!


Val, you may need to refresh the page...

5/6/06 9:48 AM  
Blogger cream said...

I like Kitty's swap of a wine glasses in the confusion!
Once the rain started... We pushed a disabled friend under the black poplar and started making a run for it... I stepped on a tube of suntan lotion...and covered him from head to toe...
He wasn't amused at all but on the other hand his bald head never got burnt once that Summer...

5/6/06 9:54 AM  
Blogger Calamity Tat said...

Ohhh Cream it's soooo hot here, burning hot..... later we'll swim in the pool and ping and pong around it.....

5/6/06 10:10 AM  
Blogger cream said...

Hate you, Tat...;o)
Carcassonne on the 18th for 3 days! Hah!
And a little feel of the Med in St Cyprien!
Keeps me from going insane!

5/6/06 10:48 AM  
Blogger Calamity Tat said...

Ahhh St Cyprien, just up road from moi, perhaps we should have a rendevous? oh la la,how the bloggers would gossip ;-)

5/6/06 10:54 PM  
Blogger euro-trac said...

Hey Tat - invite him round yours to cook dinner!! Invite me too...

Crikey - then they would gossip! :o)

5/6/06 11:23 PM  
Blogger ValGalArt said...

AAAAhhhh, Now I see! Bella!!!

6/6/06 8:33 AM  
Blogger cream said...

Tat, I am going with two friends, one of them Didier from Carcassonne...
One day, you never know I might come and check out your courgettes...;o)!

Trac, I don't cook on holiday! Didier's mam is making us Fish Soup, Cassoulet, Tarte aux Pommes and her famous gigantic cheese board. The menu has already been ordered.
One day, maybe, I'll cook for you and the gang...

Val, glad you can see the photos. Blogger has been very erratic lately!

6/6/06 9:34 AM  
Blogger euro-trac said...

Oooh.. Didier's mam seems like the perfect person to visit! :o)

6/6/06 12:57 PM  
Blogger Le Chat said...

Oh yes, you must cook for us one day, Cream. What fun!

Time for a new post though, you're slacking.

6/6/06 5:52 PM  
Blogger lettuce said...

Actually Cream, I had a dream in which I and my family (brother, sister, can't remember who else) were in a pub/restaurant - and you were there! Can't remember what you looked like, unfortunately.

Who's next on my list of bloggers to dream about?

I hope you're getting some of the sun we're having here this week too. I lived in Durham for about 6 years and know how COLD it can be up there.

6/6/06 5:55 PM  
Blogger lettuce said...

btw, what i MEANT to say, before I suddenly remembered my dream, is : Come on Cream, this post is almost as old as my latest!

6/6/06 5:56 PM  
Blogger wendz said...

It's certainly not creme fraiche anymore, is it!

6/6/06 6:42 PM  
Blogger cream said...

Kitty, will Whiskas do for you? Garnished with Quavers....;o)

L, you can dream on! I ain't doing any cooking! Today I had a bowlful of grated carrots with lemon dressing! That's all the cooking I'm doing!
Yes it quite nice and warm up here! Don't you miss Durham? I love it!

Wendz, that was as sharp as old, tangy crème fraiche...

6/6/06 7:38 PM  
Blogger cream said...

New post coming up soon!
Watch this space!

6/6/06 7:57 PM  

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