Soëlie seemed to enjoy the outings, and even though her daddy says it looks like she was checking out the boys over her sunglasses, there were no boys to be checked. :P
While the food cooked, J and I sat on the mat we bought from this lady--
⓵The sausage is what the majority of the French call saucisse de Toulouse. The sausage isn't actually made in Toulouse, but "northerners" call any sausage that looks like typical sausage from Julien's region by that name. It's so good, the shops in the north of France package it and call it by that name, but if you ask a butcher in, say, Mazamet (where J's mom lives) for some saucisse de Toulouse, he'll probably shake his head and roll his eyes at you. Internally, of course....or maybe not...
⓶ We first ate eggplant this way in Mayotte when we camped out on a deserted isle for our 7th wedding anniversary, so it also brings back good memories.
⓷ Very good! You can't even taste the "weird" secret ingredient. However, I used coconut oil instead of butter and it hid the chocolate taste of the cake a bit too much for my liking. Next time, I'll use butter. Oh, and the frosting? Delicious! I used organic coconut sugar instead of the things she suggested, and it was soooooo yummy. Like ganache! I wonder how soon I can make another batch without appearing gluttonous...
⓸ Our 10th anniversary is the 28 of this month. Ten years already!!!! Time flies when you are in love and having fun.
⓹ Wow, even more memories surface, seeing J sporting his beard!