Posted by: kathandroger | November 26, 2017


The season of overeating has come round again-all too soon. The French love to eat, and eat well. And the French love to drink, and to drink well. We live in France, so we have to do as the locals do! I was honoured this year to receive an invitation from the local mayor to attend a Christmas dinner for the mature gentry of the commune. What it really means is that I have become a doddery old bugger who needs to be fed generously before the grim reaper arrives. I was pleased to attend yesterday, without the wife, who felt she was much too young, and anyway needed to take the dog to training classes. The dog, apparently, was a real pain in the backside, but I was very happy amongst the forty or so French elders of our village, together with the mayor and his happy team. The latter acted as waiters, and the food, contrary to my expectations, was excellent.IMG_0061The local auberge provided the meal, and whenever we have ate there we have been disappointed, but yesterday was excellent. Stuffed Quail after Fois Gras, then cheese and pud=great meal, especially with a special Bordeaux wine. I made a point of saying hello to all the people I didn’t know, and everyone was very friendly to the strange Anglais who has a metal giraffe looking over his garden wall. I found out lots about the village, and made lots of new friends, and the occasion only took the standard four hours for completion. When a French meal is over, after a brief chat, everyone seems to know that the time has come to depart, and it seems that everyone rises to leave at the same time! Strange but true; the French are the most regimented people I know.

And more eating today! Our cycle club had its annual Christmas Dinner in a local restaurant. The wife came today as well, and acted as chauffeurse, meaning I could sample the varied wines, a fresh Muscadet with the fish course and a muscular Bordeaux with the beautifully cooked beef.IMG_0068 (1)Again it was all over rapidly after four hours of chat and eating.

Eating is one of our daily pleasures. We are lucky enough to have our own vegetables, eggs, fruit and lamb, and despite Kaths’  excellent home cooking, we both love to eat out. The local restaurants have become very well known to us and make us very welcome. But how much food is enough? Both of us watch the weight, but it must be very easy to lose control, just like it is with alcohol. More and more of us are overweight and out of condition, possibly just due to our gluttony, but more likely to our lack of exercise as well. It is so easy to eat, and so difficult to get off the sofa and burn some calories. We all know which foods are likely to pile on the pounds, but they taste so good, and just one more cake won’t make a difference, will it? Obesity is one of the diseases of our time, and one so simple to confront. I used to tell people who claimed to put on weight when eating next to nothing that I wished my pigs were as good food converters as they were. I could become a millionaire by feeding them next to nothing and then sell them at the local market!

So we will continue to eat the local treats, but counter the extra calories with less meals at other times, and more biking, swimming and walking the dog. Poor little thing will be complaining to the local Animal Rescue!




  1. Great blog Roger! Having read it I am now feeling hungry……and very guilty at not exercising enough!!
    Pete and I love the food in France. We had a wonderful holiday in the south of France last year and can honestly say we didn’t have one meal we didn’t like.
    Lovely to see you and Kath are so happy in France.

    • Bonjour Sharon, pleased all is well with you and do come and see us next time you are in France. A good walk in lovely Dorset is all the exercise you need!

  2. Intermittent fasting works well for us. Restrict calories to 600 for the day two or three times a week, eat whatever you like the other days. Easy to manage and effective to the point that I often look forward to fast days!

    • Your determination amazes me! I don’t think we could manage fasting for more than an afternoon. But if it works don’t change it!

  3. Well said Roger, just the other day I had a rant on Facebook about people complaining about underfunding in the NHS, when Type 2 diabetes accounts for 10% of the total budget! We need a wholesale change to the population’s attitude to being responsible for oneself, and to stop trying to blame somebody else. And yes, I have been going to the gym now I can’t get on the allotment so much!

    • Bonjour Tim, good to hear all is well with you. Look forward to seeing you next year perhaps? Regards to Jane.

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