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Denman Island, British Columbia, Canada
Jean Cockburn retired from her professional career as an academic librarian in 2008 to become a textile artist living on Denman Island, British Columbia. She draws, quilts, embroiders, knits and crochets, makes wearable art, weaves baskets, dyes fabric, and paints watercolours. Her work has been exhibited locally in juried and group shows on Denman Island, in Courtenay, Comox, and Duncan on Vancouver Island, in West Vancouver, and across Canada with the Surface Design Association.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Cooking in Paris

Feeling very proud of myself. First full day in Paris and I have managed to speak enough French to buy groceries, including a polite exchange with the delightful cashier at the Monoprix just off the Blvd. St. Germain. Who says that Parisians are rude to English speakers? Our experience is the opposite of that, as everyone has been charming and helpful and has spoken English that matches my French, so that between us we manage. I find the French politesse is very evident.
Then I managed to make a home-cooked meal from scratch on the iffy two burners in the tiny kitchen (last evening we microwaved a frozen dinner which was less than satisfactory).
Improvised Pasta Primavera with Farfalle
Sauté mushrooms (here Golden Mushrooms) in olive oil. Add chopped shallots, then pieces of asparagus. Finish with a chopped tomato, salt and pepper. Let it simmer to tender while boiling farfalle pasta in salted water for 10 minutes. Add the pasta to the veggies along with some of the pasta water. Serve with flakes of Pamagianno cheese, red wine and chocolate to follow.

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