About me

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Wow! I certainly was not expecting quite so much interest, so I had better fill you in a little on who I am.

As I said in my ‘Welcome’ I am Lindy, I have three great passions in my life, travel, writing and cooking (I could stretch this to 5 and include eating and wine!).

I was born and grew up in my wonderful home city of Liverpool, but have actually lived most of my life in beautiful North Wales. It was there almost 9 years ago that I met a handsome French man (but that is a story in itself!), and the rest is history……….

I have lived in the ‘region parisienne’ for just over 5 years, and shopping for food and adapting my cooking (relearning how to cook actually), was one of the most difficult adjustments that I had to make – forget learning the language, what do you do with an endive………

Over time I have embraced a lot of French habits, while hanging on to my ‘Scouse’ roots, and both camps seem to enjoy what I do, so much so that I keep having requests to write down certain recipes. Writing a blog seemed like the simplest way of reaching all these friends and family members, but if you would like to join us then you are very welcome.


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38 thoughts on “About me

  1. Sarah bill says:

    The beouf bourgignon … What can I say .. C’est magnifique !! Loved the depth of flavour , the richness of colour & the smell when it was cooking! I used the suggestion of cheese topped French to finish off and was glad I did .., was truly delicious … Merci beaucoup Chef Lindy ! X

  2. Zoe says:

    Bonjour Lindy! Was lovely to meet you at Joinville-Le-Pont train station last week, thank you for your travel tips-we didn’t get to see as much as we would like as we had to cut short our trip to come home as our youngest daughter was unwell. We had a wonderful time though and are already looking at coming back soon. I love your blog and look forward to reading more!

    Au Revoir!

    Zoe, James and the Four Pesky Hobbits x

    • lindaravello says:

      Hi Zoe – so glad that you like it – the ‘Parisian life’ posts may interest you more than the recipes, although most recipes have a little cultural insight. Sorry to hear that your daughter was unwell, did you manage to get to the catacombs and cemetery? I checked out your blog and left a comment, but not sure if you received it (I also cannot follow you without a ‘gmail’ address – I tried to create one yesterday, but couldn’t manage to succeed….) I loved it and can’t wait to read your account of your visit to beautiful Pareeeee. Keep in touch and looking forward to seeing you back here very soon. x

      • Four Pesky Hobbits Mama says:

        Any help I can get with new recipes is a great thing haha! Might encourage the children to try something new too 🙂 Plus James is all set for us moving to France now! We got to the catacombs and even braved the Metro but the queue was huge and as it was Bailey’s birthday and he didn’t want to queue we had to leave it. Really a shame as we were so looking forward to it. Next time! There was no comment from you? Blogger can be a real pain unless you have google accounts though. Thank you for checking it out though, I’m just on to day 2 of the Paris posts so hope you’ll take a look. If you ever need a cat sitter we’d be happy to come back and look after her for you 😀 Take care, Zoe x

      • lindaravello says:

        I am going to try to set up a google account with the help of my daughter when I am in the Uk in two weeks, so hopefully can follow you ten – shame I can’t reply and join in the fun…….The ethos of most of my recipes is simplicity – a lot of them begin with the pre-fix ‘cheat’s’…….plus French food, is MUCH simpler than English, and a lot less spicy, using more sublte flavours. maybe try smeof the simple desserts with them doing the cooking then maybe some of simple starters or salads. There can be queues for the cats at this time of the year – I think that Kate and I went in October time – I will see if I can find my photos, but my files are a mess!!! If I do, then I’ll try to work them into the blog…..That would be great for you to Willow watch, problem being, we only have one bedroom, there is a sofa bed in the lounge, but only two could bunk on that (it is VERY comfy). I am just in the process of writing a post to put up on Wednesday – it touches on Ramadan, so might be interesting for you as a starting point for a cultural lesson at your school – also my post on canal st Martin has some snippets about Napoleon and the Parisian canal system that cold be interesting….it has just started raining – frst proper rain for about 5 weeks so I am VERY happy to see it. I will look at your posts later. A bientot – Lindy x

  3. Four Pesky Hobbits Mama says:

    Brilliant I shall look forward to reading that, I’m hugely interested in anything Napoleon related so will have a look at that. We haven’t looked at Ramadam in a long time so that is a great idea thank you. Bailey won’t be with us next time-he’s rather a homebody and so there would only be 5 of us-maybe we could bring an air bed for Ruben 😀? Although my children love cats so Willow might be smothered bless her..

    Funny it’s raining here too! Hope the weather is good when your back in the UK later in the month, it’s been pretty cloudy and miserable since we got home sadly.

    I’d love to see your photos of the catacombs since we didn’t make it. Thank you 😊
    Zoe xx

  4. lindaravello says:

    We have an airbed, so the littlies would not be a problem, just the one shower and loo and a VERY VERY small kitchen – think large cupboard, I am not joking, but hey look what I produce in there……..Yes I have touched on Napoleon on the canal st martin post – there are lots of little starting points for further research in there on quite a number of things – it is not intended to be educational, just whet peoples appetites for Pareeeeee – you must also watch ‘Amelie’

  5. Four Pesky Hobbits Mama says:

    Small spaces are not a problem for us lol! We live in quite a big house so I actually enjoy staying in small spaces when we go on holidays-it means we spend much more quality time together lol! I love Amelie-I’m a big Audrey Tautou fan! Must rewatch it.

    Hope you have lovely weather when you get over here, this week is going to be very hot, even here in Sheffield!

  6. lindaravello says:

    They described today as fresh – it was 30, ad said that it is going to be ‘tres tres tres (yes 3) chaud next week. there is 39 forecast for Satuday, so I am glad that I am leaving for Liverpool where a ‘fresh 29 is forecast lol
    I will keep you posted, but we will need some cover in early late April/early May.

    • lindaravello says:

      Thank you Mila – I am SO glad that you fond me, because now I have found your wonderful raspberry tartlettes with the chocolate pastry and your wonderful photography – I look forward to getting to know you better, Lindy x

  7. M. L. Kappa says:

    Hi Lindy! I also spend part of my time in France – mostly Normandy, and a little in Paris – but the rest in Athens, since I’m Greek. I discovered your blog through Lynn, and I’m sticking around – your recipes look delicious!

    • lindaravello says:

      Yassou! I am so glad that you stopped by. My partner is originally from Normandy, so I have done the ‘roots’ tour….where about do you stay there and why?
      I have spent a lot of time in the Greek islands, Corfu, Zante, Rhodes, Kefalonia, Skiathos and Santorini, and also on the mainland at Halkidiki (all more than once) and we both love the Greek Islands – and Greek food!!!
      I am in the process of temporarily moving back to the UK for a short while, so am waiting to have internet (I am at my daughter’s home now), but will check you out when I am more organised – and put up a post on the ‘reverse culture shock’
      Happy new year to you

    • lindaravello says:

      Thank you so much Jean, I am in the process of temporarily moving back to the Uk for a short while, as my mother has not been too good, so I am in chaos at the moment and without internet access, except at my daughter’s house, so I am now experiencing ‘culture shock’ in the inverse sense, so watch this space in the coming weeks!
      I will check you out when I am in a calmer place
      All the best for 2016

  8. Anna says:

    Delighted to find your lovely blog, Lindy! I was directed to your site by my dear friend, Lynn, of Lynz Real Cooking. I look forward to reading more on your site and hope you’ll have the opportunity to visit my blog LifeBellissima.com as well!
    Happy New Year!
    ~ Anna

    • lindaravello says:

      Thank you so much Anna, I am just in the process of temporarily moving back to the UK for a while, so all is up in the air and I do not have internet/phone unless I am at my daughters home – hence no recent posts and taking a long time to reply to everyone, I will check you out when I am more settled.
      All the best for 2016 – LIndy

  9. Polly says:

    Finally managed to take a look at your blog! Was great meeting you on the train yesterday, hope the rest of your journey was a little less stressful – and a bottle of wine was open waiting for you when you got back?! Looking forward to having a proper read of your blog – and can’t wait to try a few recipes! Enjoy the rest of your time at home in Paris.
    Polly x

    • lindaravello says:

      Hi Polly – I am safe home in Paris thanks – and we dropped off my case and went direct to a Chinese restaurant – and YES we did have a bottle of wine.
      Another couple of little ‘hiccups’ at St Pancras, but surrounded by lovely people like yourself who showered me with kindness (including being given a packet of Love Hearts by an attendant at Eurostar.
      Keep in touch

    • lindaravello says:

      Hello Koko pleased to met you. I am so happy that you like the blog, I take it that you share my interests – I see you have a cat, so that is a must! Thanks for dropping by.

  10. Rachel Marie says:

    Salut Lindy! I hope to travel more around France in the near future (I live in Italy), and I will definitely use your blog as a reference 🙂 There are so many beautiful places to see, so far I have only been to the Blue Coast and Paris.

    • lindaravello says:

      Salut Rachel – I am glad that you like it. I LOVE Italy and have some Tuscan posts that I put up last year and am going to Tuscany again in two weeks.
      I highly recommend the Auvergne if you are travelling in France.

      • Rachel Marie says:

        What cities will you be visiting in Tuscany this time around? Hope you have a lovely time, and thanks for the advice, I hope to see the Auvergne one day.

      • lindaravello says:

        Definitly return to Sienna, and Arezzo, other places are small villages to the west of Cetona – I have their names written down, but the paper is at home in France and I am in the UK atm x

  11. lindaravello says:

    I have a post that touches on it – but forgotten what recipe it was linked to.
    We stay at Cetona and went to Florence, San Gigniamo, Sienna, Cortona and Montepulciano last year (I touched on all of these in two posts, including a recipe for lasagne that I begged a restaurant in Florence to tell me their family secret) We are planning to return to Sienna (as it is by FAR my favourite city) and also visit Arezzo and a few smaller villages to the south and west of Cetona that I cannot name off hand – any suggestions gratefully recieved.
    We stayed in Vinci a couple of years ago and I loved it there also and visited Pisa, but not Lucca, which I regret.
    You are not too far from Annecy, just through the tunnel the other side of the Alps – I highly recommend that you visit there (but not in August) I have some nice pictures on a post about here also. x

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