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Red currants - the jewels of summer

Red currants are usually a Christmas time treat with their most appropriate Santa Claus  colour but they will be all over by Christmas this year.  I love to pick one or two as I pass to get their pop of tart sweetness. 887 more words

GovCon Voices: A Culture of Compliance

When we talk about the federal contracting industry, one of the first things that comes to mind is compliance. We are an overly regulated industry with a ton of laws to abide by, FAR changes to keep up with, legislation of which we need to stay on top. 8 more words


The more I cook the more I find myself chasing texture as much as flavour. The crunch of a gherkin with a rough country pate, the crispness of roast chicken skin and the gelatinous stickiness of a lamb shank.

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govmates and The American Small Business Coalition (A Match Made for Growing Small GovCon’s)

Without continual growth and progress, such words as
improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning.
– Benjamin Franklin

A Match Made for Growing Small GovCon’s… 345 more words


Merci chien! Merci Henriette!

Mercadiol has always had dogs. When we first bought a house in the village more than 40 years ago, the two old farmers and who were then our neighbours Honoré Delmon, next door, and André Pramil just down the lane, both had dogs – large, intelligent, well-behaved farm dogs who protected the village, trotted obediently wherever their masters’ went, and ran wildly through fields and woods when they were set free to roam. 403 more words


Part of my new year’s eve was finally having a pastry lesson from Andrew, he of the amazing tarts. We made three.

I was initially inspired to make a lemon meringue one. 412 more words