My mobile camera was burning hot as we left Mougins after a very pleasant lunch the other day.
Since saturday we have been like nomades traveling around…Before we decides to move to south of France we rented our apartment out for a week in september.We could have canceled them, but at the moment we thought it would be all right taking a week somewhere else and discover new places for instance…and we sure did!
Having known this for such a long time we could have booked way back in advanced, but, hey, did we…? No, two days before we booked at a cheap family resort in Cannes La Bocca. I mean the price should have alarmed us, but sometimes money talks and you get blinded by how much you can save and you compromises with quality. Not a good idea in most cases.
We arrived at Pierre & Vacances Beach Resort Cannes in La Bocca. At first it seemed all right, the reception was pretty nice. We checked in and took all our luggage to our room. And talking about luggage, how much do you need for a week when the plan is to lay by the pool or at the beach to relax….
We had a full car, me I had like one big bag, two medium, and one small bag with stuff I most likely never will use during this week, plus my 27″ Mac and a TV set of 32″!
I came dressed for Cannes and the Croisette, but was quickly pulled down to La Bocca…what a shit hole. Just going to the Inter Marche, a supermarket, made me feel uncomfortable, it was so dirty and sketchy on the road and in the places we passed!
We got back to the room with our grocery bags with saturday goodies and thought we better make the best out of it. There was a TV set in the living room were Lucas and his new friend and sleep over guest, Alexander, rigged the playstation.
We put our TV in the bedroom to watch «Homeland»a new series we have started on! So exiting, just saying!!!!
I had already noticed the stench in the room. A stench of ammoniac and sewage. But I kept convincing my self that a few sprays of perfume and a good airing would make it disappear. Wishful thinking.
The toilet was terrible it smelled of pure piss. And I’m sure there was so much piss on and in the plastic CARPET that they would have to change the whole ting to get rid of it. I can just imagine how boys have been standing up and spraying around……
We made it through the night and early sunday morning we went jogging along the beach getting plenty of fresh air!
Our new friends, parents of Alexander (7) and Carmen (9), also norwegians, invited us to come with them on a boat exhibition in Cannes on sunday so we met them there at 11.
Then we spent the whole afternoon with them looking at yachts and having a marvelous time. We were not back in La Bocca until late. But nothing had changed it still smelled awful and the place just sucked. Though we had prepaid for 7 days we decided to get out of there!
Said and done!
Now we are at a wonderful spa hotel, La Lune de Mougins, just two minutes from the international school in Mougins. The atmosphere here is so nice and the staff is really friendly. They put us in «Suit 1″and the colors and the interior is inspiring and pleasant. Lucas and I were jumping up and down in the beds like Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman. Being so happy!
There is a lesson here. If you don’t experience bad, you’ll never know good!
It is so important to be grateful of what you have and make the best of it, but it doesn’t mean that things can not get better:)
Anyway here we are, happy as pigs in shit…..
Lunch at Le Petit Fouet in the old town center of Mougins made me even more happy! It was a real treat both price-vice, taste-vice and surrounding-vice!
If you go to south of France I really recommend to visit Mougins and the Vieille Ville (Old Town)!
On sunday we decided to have lunch in lovely Valbonne. I thought it was a great idea as the town is really beautiful, Valbonne!
When we came, the marked square with restaurants, was packed with people! We got a table and ordered our food from the chef’s suggestions of the day in french!
I feel I understand what the food means pretty well so I went for the lamb chops, cuisse d’agneau, and Svein Erik ordered roast veal, veau rôti.
The food came and mine looked pretty all right , green salad and 3 small chops, nothing more. Svein Erik’s dish looked more «interesting» meat wise….I regret I did not take a picture of the meat, but I asked Svein Erik to make a description of what he was served and here it is:
«Speaking french obviosly has it’s advantages when living in France.On sunday I thought I ordered a nice piece of veal with mashed potatos, vegetables and most important; extra mustard sauce. You can imagine my dissapointment when I was served veal kidneys that looked like large haemorrhoids. Anyway being raised to eat what you are served and finish what’s on your plate, I pretended it tasted really good, although a bit raw and bloody for my taste. Well after 30 hours with my stomach doing hula hula loops around my ass whatever it was has finally left my body and I have learned the word for kidney in french is rognons,so the one writing veau rôti, did some serious miss spelling» – Svein Erik
And it reminds me of our first time in Valbonne, where I was serves a salad and when I was half done a large dead green beetle appeared on my plate….I showed the waiter and he just took my salad and removed the beetle and put it over on a smaller plate! But I was clearly done!
The village is totally Valbonne but the food can be Valmal!!!
But don’t let that put you off visiting!! Look at the photos from this sunday, and you can see for your self, it is well worth a visit!!!
OK! I’m done!! No more food from the freezer!! Hahaha, I have almost finished it, but enough is enough!
I had yesterdays salmon leftover for brunch to day….
Together with rocket salad, leek and tomatoes, topped with delicious olive oil, creme fresh, balsamic and acacia honey…
…..it was a party on the plate!!
This is the taste enhancer trio! Plus Creme Fresh, but he was absent when the photo was taken…don’t know where he went, probably empty int he bin!
I made a smoothie for dessert out of a bag of berries I found in the freezer, just added sparkling water and honey……then I drove my Bamixer,«a must have» in the kitchen, and blasted it all into….
…this colorful, good tasting smoothie! For a party only add vodka on top, and stir!!
Look now! Only some fish left. I will give the fish to the neighbors cat. She has been left alone, only to catch mice, for two weeks now, so I think she will be delighted!
The kids will finish the ice cream in no time if I let them, and I will! Then the freezer will be empty and I will go to the store and by some fresh food. I will feel happy for all the money I have saved this past week, and for all the space I now have in the freezer!
I cant remember, but I think salmon! They were in the freezer, I took them out last night and let them defrost over night in the fridge! And to day they were in perfect defrosted condition for late lunch!
I think this is salmon..I think I bought a whole vacuumed packed side, I cut it up and froze what I did not use..Yea it’s all coming back to me now!
I I grated some lime peel and squeezed over the juice. Than I had a lot of olive oil from O&Co over and I let it soak for a couple of minutes while I had another look in the freezer…
…and guess what? I found spinach! Two whole bags! I only used one though! So I steamed them in a sieve over boiling water until they where warm. It actually took longer time than I anticipated so next time I just throw them in the water….
Salmon is getting ready in the pan…
…I put some garlic on the steaming spinach
……and some grated nutmeg. I think that goes well with spinach…
And to days dish from the freezer turned in the end out like this! I had some cream in half of the spinach. And the brown stuff is balsamic which brings the taste to a new level! Just try!
To day we had a simple dish! I found 1,5 package of frozen peas and 3 scallops in the freezer. So I defrosted the scallops and marinated them with some truffle salt and olive oil with lemon for a while. Then I heated the peas and threw in some butter and Voila…
…dinner! Lots of peas and 1,5 scallop. We share brotherly, Svein Erik and I…. Peas sure have a lot og fiber I can tell you. I feel like a balloon right now…interesting to see how this develops!
Anyway have a nice evening!! I am one step closer to an empty freezer!!
After eating at Food Asylum, the one and only place in town to dine for a fantastic piece of art sushi dish, btw, we decided to go to see a movie!
My boyfriend and I seldom go to the movies. The reason for that is we find our home environment more comfortable and practical. And as we are in no need to see what’s new straight away we can wait for the DVD or rental on the web, depending….Then we stretch out on the couch and watch in peace with no interruptions or a big head in front of you..I alway end behind one of those…..
But going with a good friend is nice!!!
So we went to see Rock Of The Ages with Tom Cruise in one of the lead roles. As I do not pay too much attention to what’s new and what’s coming on I was equal to the movie choice. But Linn is a real movie enthusiast so she wanted to see this one!
We sat down in big leather seats together with 4 more people, and «Rock of the ages» began. Sure I had a scull in front of me, but I didn’t bother moving, though there were lots of seats available, he was just taking a little tiny bit of the screen at the bottom, hehe!
The first ten minutes Linn was very worried, because they started to sing everything, like a total musical, and she asked me if I wanted to leave! But I’m not a big critic, I liked the music and I thought the film was all right, simple story, bla, bla!
If you like to see it go on a friday or saturday and hit town afterwards if you are a rock’n roller like me!
I went straight home and made a play list on «spotify»with the originals singers from the rock song used, here it is Rock of Ages
There is made an album with the actors and artist from the film singing as well, but I wanted to hear the artist I remember listening to from my teenagers days!
Anyway have a great thursday EVERYONE! And remember to ROCK ON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!