Four by Four- a magic set of numbers. When
- Who am I?
- Where did I come from?
- What am I doing here in southwest
Boring and predictable. Then I had yet another opportunity, more common than not these days, to make e-small talk this time via the famous craigslist.org. I’m looking for a stagiare or two, to help me carry my French Kitchen Adventures into the future. Where better than to check out the local talent than nearby
What four things do you love most about living at the Relais de Camont?
- The absolute stillness and quiet of this little world.
- My gregarious French Kitchen that can hold a squished crowd of 15 people if needed but just as easily seems built for two.
- The always running springs feeding the frog pond and lavoir hidden in the secret garden wood behind the ruin.
- Hammocks, lots of hammocks for nap attacks.
Relais de Camont's room with a view.
What four most memorable jobs you have had?
- Carhop in the rainy cold
winter. (1 cold and wet month in 1969) Seattle
- Puppeteer and roadie for a children’s theatre (1970-76)
- Yacht cook and first mate (1980-82)
- Barge captain (1987-present)
What’s the 4 best things about living on a boat?
- Paradoxically, the stillness. This 65 ton steel hulled tank of a barge barely moves when we are moored on the quiet canal at the bottom of the garden gate.
- The sounds: of rain on the metal deck, splashes of water against the hull in a storm, the drum vibration of the pumps, whirs and toilets flushing…
- The light: of water reflected on the wooden ceiling, moonbeams through the portholes, the sunny wheelhouse like a greenhouse…on a chilly winter morning.
- The wonderful sense of playing hooky all the time. It’s hard to take one self seriously when you see a flotilla of poplar leaves gliding by. I love the pick up and move along sense that you can leave at any time…
- The aforementioned pumps, which you rely on them for everything- showers, drinking water, toilets…oh, the toilets! (see my blog breaking Toilet Meltdown).
- Little spots of rust appearing under your nice new paint job. Back to the sandpaper.
- Finding a good mechanic that won’t mess up the sweet old 120 HP DAF diesel engine.
- The wonderful sense of playing hooky all the time. It’s hard to take one self seriously when you see a flotilla of poplar leaves gliding by….
And of course, the food questions….
What are your four favorite foods?
- Fava beans
- Soft silky tofu
- Ricotta cheese
Four recipes you cook all the time?
- Soup…all kinds, mostly vegetable based.
- Magret de Canard with a sauce aux vins
- Clafoutis aux Pruneaux
- Tartes- savory, sweet, fruit, etc… I love making pie crusts.
winter knots... so easily cast off.
P.S. If anyone wants to come and work as an off-season stagiare at Camont for a few weeks over the winter: outside work, inside work, cleaning, cooking, gardening, thinking… just drop me a note with the four things that you want to learn having a French Kitchen Adventure with me in