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Nola d’Enis, launching a new food blog "A French Lunch"

Nola d’Enis, launching a new food blog "A French Lunch"

Nola d’Enis, 48, is married to Jean-Luc and has six children aged from 23 to 4 as well as granddaughter Delilah, aged 2.
Originally from Zimbabwe, she moved to France in 2000, living in Bordeaux before they recently moved to near Mirambeau. A confirmed ‘foodie’, Nola writes about the region’s gastronomy & is currently launching a new food blog… 



What inspired your move from Bordeaux to Charente Maritime?

We never actually planned to move here. We’ve sort of crept over; we originally bought a ‘doer-upper’ to escape to at weekends... The big skies remind me of Zimbabwe.


Have you always loved food and cooking?

Yes. I have to admit that one of my prime motivations is eating! One of the great pleasures of cooking here is the seasonal produce available; I’m a very happy locavore. I cook a lot – with a large family you’re always planning the next meal.
I think it’s this that’s sparked my interest in what people are eating on a daily basis.


What is so special about this region?

I’ve a huge admiration for the older generation – they get things done. Obviously the food’s great – locally produced meat and vegetables, and cheese from goats I can hear bleating across the field when I hang up the washing.


And your favourite foodie find?

Tricky one. Probably the local dairy farmer. The milk’s not organic but I see the cattle grazing and I know they’re fed on fodder grown on the farm, no additives, no gmo. He marks the end of an era; like many struggling dairy farmers he can’t carry on indefinitely.


Your new blog, tell us a little about it...

It’s called ‘A French Lunch’ and it’s about what’s being cooked and eaten in the region. The criteria is simple - good produce, simply prepared. It was inspired by two things; the dismal number of restaurants offering industrially produced foods - and a visit to an elderly couple where I walked into their kitchen and was overwhelmed by the aroma of something amazing in progress. Madame took the lid off a pan on the cooker and there was a pheasant, golden joints of meat on a bed of onions; homegrown vegetables simmered in another pan. I wanted to know all about the dish and then share it with others and so the blog was born…after all, who doesn’t enjoy peeking into other people’s kitchens…


Read Nola’s blog at