About Me

About Me

I have been a gourmand all my life, from the time my grandfather fed me such delicacies as watermelon and olives  as a child (not together, thankfully!) Wikipedia lists a gourmand as a person who takes great pleasure in food. They also mention that it was confused with gluttony in French history, but with gluttony being included as one the Seven Deadly Sins and gourmandise being now a French pastime, the more positive connotation has prevailed 🙂

I take the principle of gourmandise (enjoying to the fullest) in all areas of my life. I thoroughly enjoy cooking for friends and family, and sharing new tastes around a communal table. I am also a Sommelier, having discovered that wine and all its history is equally as interesting and intertwined in culture as the food with which it is paired. When I learned of “terroir” (“a sense of place” in French, referring to food tasting differently depending on where it is grown) the garden became the passion that rounded out my circle of life.

One of my best inspirations is my Chocolate Labrador, Ella. She follows in a long line of “Brown Girls” – Chocolate Labs that have reminded me over and over again the magic of living in the moment. She loves to eat, and to run through a meadow, and to swim on a sunny day, and never misses the chance for a snuggle. If I play my cards right and learn everything she has to teach me, I may come back as a Brown Girl in my next life…

 

  1. hi, and thank you so much for reading and following my blog, i really enjoy yours and look forward to more ) best, beth

  2. Jaccie Ellmann

    Aaaaahhhhh!!! A food lover and a dog lover!!!!! Just like me.

    I wonder if you can help me!? I’ve been looking for Baci chocolates in South Africa for ages now. I absolutely love it, and I told my chocoholic friend about it. I wonder if they still import it to South Africa. Is there any way you can tell me what to do or where to go to????

    • I hope I can help satisfy your craving – Bacis have long been a favourite decadent treat of mine! I have asked the question on my Happy Gourmand Facebook page and hope some of my SA friends can answer for you. I’ll let you know ASAP… or follow me on Facebook and you’ll see the responses 🙂

      • Jaccie Ellmann

        Thank you so much for taking the time to answer. I would love to get hold of our favourite decadent treat, as you call it. Regards, Jaccie

        > WordPress.com happygourmand commented: “I hope I can help satisfy your > craving – Bacis have long been a favourite decadent treat of mine! I > have asked the question on my Happy Gourmand Facebook page and hope > some of my SA friends can answer for you. I’ll let you know ASAP… or > follow me on Fac” >

  3. Thanks for following my blog, the romantic traveler! Enjoying browsing your blog as well!

    • Thanks! I am headed to Scotland in 2 weeks, and have been searching desperately for info on Outlander tours, as we aren’t there when they have one happening. I found the link on Ardconnel House’s website 🙂 Your blog has fantastic information, and beautiful pictures. I can’t wait to see where you go next!

  4. Who is that gorgeous lady with the beautiful grey hair in the photo with you?

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