When I was growing up in Montreal, my family had an endless stream of visitors, most of whom had some connection to my parent’s time in Britain during the Second World War. They were both volunteers—my father was a Major in the Canadian Army and my mother worked tirelessly at the American Red Cross in London. One of our visitors was a young man, my godmother’s nephew, who arrived in Montreal to study Engineering at McGill. He ended moving in with us and became very much a part of our family. He stayed in Canada after graduation and married a lovely girl from Austria. They had two daughters, and among other things, opened a restaurant called "Le Carafon". After years in Montreal, Simon returned to England and assumed his hereditary title as the baronet Stracey; He became Sir John and his wife Lady Martha, who is referred to as her ladyship in the following post. You may remember Lady Martha from last year’s spectacularly successful post on Austrian Cookies. It has been downloaded over 2000 times. Here’s the link: http://www.chewingthefat.us.com/2011/12/three-authentic-austrian-cookie-recipes.html. This year, Simon promised me another authentic family recipe and he has made good on his offer. Here’s the story of B’Soffener Kapunziner and if it is as good as everything else her ladyship bakes, you should add it to your Christmas repertoire. By the way, you may not know it, but my family always called me Dick. My first name is, after all, Richard. “Chimo”, in case you wonder, is a greeting from the Inukitut language, spoken by the Inuits, as Canada's Eskimos are now called.
Our Tour de France, Part 2 - A trip to the Loire, Chablis and Burgundy in France, to eat, visit outdoor markets, sip wine and tour chateaus.
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