Saturday is market day

May 5, 2013 by · Comments Off on Saturday is market day
Filed under: France 

Saturday is market day in Gourdon, our local town which is just 10 minutes drive from us.

It was bright and sunny and it’s a holiday weekend here in France, as well as the UK, so the market was busy and bustling.

Wonderful sweet and luscious Gariguette strawberries were everywhere and the fish stall was groaning with goodies.

Gariguette strawberries from the market  in Gourdon

Market day in Gourdon











Fresh fish










This old boy couldn’t wait to get home for his oysters – he was enjoying them there and then! Good on him – the most nutritious food on the planet!

We bought a dozen to indulge in later…


Eating fresh oysters










Our cyclists feasted on fresh, steaming mussels in a leek, cider and crème fraiche sauce:


Steaming mussels












Lovely piece of belly pork, scalded and air-drying ready for roasting. The meat is supplied by our local butcher and is raised just a few kilometres away. The resulting crackling was superb!:

pork belly

Belly pork










Dessert was toasted hazelnut meringue layers filled with dark chocolate and mascarpone, a coffee syrup (really simple to make and divine), topped off with (home-made) vanilla ice cream – scrumptious!

Chocolate Dacquoise

hazelnut meringue layer










Here’s the complete menu:

Menu 4th May 2013

Menu 4th May 2013


Our cyclists earned their dinner last night!

May 4, 2013 by · Comments Off on Our cyclists earned their dinner last night!
Filed under: Cycling Holidays in France, Gastronomy of south west France 

Yesterday our cyclists earned their dinner riding down the valley road to the River Lot at Douelle (actually not very taxing!) and then on to a visit to our favourite Cahors wine chateau at Chantelle for a tasting and to buy a few bottles to take back home.

When they got home to Mas de Flory a chilled glass of rose was waiting for them, followed by dinner:

4th May menu

















Charcuterie from our local butcher and duck producer plus some interesting accompaniments


















Fabulous new season’s asparagus…

Fresh asparagus

















The shell fish reduction took quite a bit of time and effort, but it was well worth it –recipe from my cooking hero, Rick Stein (who else?!)

Salmon and prawns












The cheese board













With the Lemon Tart they all enjoyed a digestif of delicious home-made Limoncello – made by my sister Marilyn, on her visit here last Autumn!

Lemon tart






































The cycling holiday season begins…

May 3, 2013 by · Comments Off on The cycling holiday season begins…
Filed under: Cycling Holidays in France, Gastronomy of south west France 

Yesterday was the first day of the first cycling holiday of the year!

We have a full complement of guests – 4 of who have been before (2 of them twice!)

It’s a long 5- night weekend over the bank holiday – a bit of a change from our usual 6-night Sunday to Saturday holidays – the first of those starts on Sunday 12th.

Here’s the dinner menu for last night:

2nd May menu cycling holiday

















Veloute  of asparagus and sorrel goes into a tureen, to be served with a swirl of cream and snipped chives plus parmesan croutons

Veloute of asparagus













Orange panna cotta and spiced rhubarb with pomegranate seeds, toasted pistachio nuts and orange and pomegranate syrup


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