When something has been around that long, things are bound to get interesting.
As pieces of days past are sorted through and boxed up you get a glimpse of days gone by.A hand wrung machine for washing clothes.
Large cast iron kettles hanging on hooks over closed off stone fireplaces. .
Farm equipment long forgotten in the shadow of industrialization.
Each piece has a story. A purpose.
A far away place.
Days gone by.
Bucolic countryside - sheep and cows grazing along rolling hills.
Chickens running free in the front yard.
Horse drawn carriages and windy country lanes.
Perhaps, somewhat like life on the farm a couple hundred years ago.
This week's French Fridays with Dorie recipe combines the slightly sweet chestnuts with pears and leeks. Simmered together with some stock to form slightly sweet, but utterly satisfying soup. A dollop of crème fraiche was all that was needed to finish it off.
Fortunately, I had a can of pureed chestnuts hiding out in the cupboard - since chestnuts in any form were no where to be found around here. (Which is very odd, since Thanksgiving is only a couple of weeks away...)
Now, next week's recipe is one that had me fooled from the beginning.
But, that's a story for another day.
This post participates in French Fridays with Dorie. I couldn't find the chestnut-pear soup published on the 'net, but Dorie shares a Chestnut, Celery Root and Apple soup over here on her site.