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Thank you for visiting the Gascony Cookery School News Page. Here you will find all the news and latest information that relates to the cookery school in France, and the things that we find interesting and worth sharing with you.

Perception of taste Gascony Cookery School

Have you got Good Taste?

We all have different perceptions of taste. We all know someone who has a sweet tooth or others who prefer more savoury salty foods. It all comes down to various factors which can affect the way we perceive taste. Here are some of those factors: Smell All cooked foods, and many raw foods too, tend […]

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6th August 2018

Lemons, Lemons and more Lemons

Lemons are so versatile. Packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, fibre and other health-promoting nutrients, lemons are available throughout the year but summer is their peak season. Eat them in slices, drink lemon juice water, make fresh lemonade, garnish food particularly fish, caramelise their peels, and use their juice and peels in cooking. All this, and […]

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18th July 2018
Gascony Cookery School scaling fish

Fish and Crustacean Course 2018

A multitude of fish and crustacean dishes were prepared in this first Fish and Crustacean course for the year. Many recipes and techniques were demonstrated by chefs David and Bernard and then practiced by the participants. All the delicious dishes prepared were then eaten! The general consensus of the group was that this was an […]

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3rd July 2018
Improve your mood with food Gascony Cookery School

Improve your Mood with Food

Do you get a buzz from cooking? Does cooking relax you? Therapeutic For many, cooking can be therapeutic – the peeling, chopping or grating of ingredients can do wonders for stilling an active mind. It could even be considered a form of mindfulness as you concentrate on the job in hand allowing you to slow […]

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28th June 2018

What a Fantastic Week We’ve Had!

The Gascony Cookery School is in full swing, with another Foundation Cookery Course 1 being successfully completed last week. There was a distinctly Celtic ambiance with students from Northern Ireland and Scotland creating some wonderful dishes, including ballotine of chicken. Although this term usually refers to a boned and stuffed chicken thigh, at the Gascony […]

Gascony Cookery School evening meal

Latest News from Gramont

Spring has arrived in Gramont in the heart of Gascony – just in time for our first guests of the season.  We’ve had a full house, with our eager students arriving from USA and Australia! For the Americans it was a big family affair, with nine parents, daughters, daughters in law and a brother and […]

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24th May 2018
Gascony Cookery School - herbs and spices

All About Cooking with Herbs and Spices

Cooking can be experimental sometimes, particularly if you are able to make dishes without using a recipe or measuring every ingredient out. Adding this or that in different quantities can have a dramatic effect on the taste, look or even the consistency of any dish you’re preparing. Some of us are afraid to use herbs […]

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3rd May 2018
Gascony Cookery School - top tips for maintaining an efficient kitchen

Top Tips to Maintain an Efficient Kitchen at Home

Life is so busy and anywhere we can cut corners we will. However, doing this in the kitchen can be difficult if you like home cooked food with fresh ingredients. So, we’ve come up with some ideas to help you save time but still cook wholesome and nutritious dishes. Top tips: Get a Good Quality […]

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19th April 2018
Gascony Cookery School - improve your palate

Ways to Improve your Palate

As children, it’s common to dislike some foods even without trying them – it may be its smell, appearance or consistency that just simply puts you off. Once tried it’s often the texture or taste that can totally ruin any chance of it appearing on your plate again any time soon!  Plus, taste can also […]

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23rd March 2018
Gascony Cookery School Larousse Gastronomique

A Trustworthy Source of Gastronomique Know How

If you love cooking and are interested in finding out more about different culinary techniques then the Larousse Gastronomique is the book for you. It’s most definitely one of the world’s largest classic culinary reference books available from bookstores, practically the ‘Holy Grail’ of cookery books. In fact, just in the UK alone it has […]

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8th March 2018
Gascony Cookery School Food of Love

Fall in Love with Food

You can tell it’s going to be Valentine’s Day soon! To be honest you can’t really miss it can you?! Virtually every shop is splashed in red Valentine marketing including everything from hearts to roses. It’s become such a commercial affair but it’s still a great time to tell those closest to us how much […]

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5th February 2018

Are you Craving Comfort Food?

As we hurtle towards the end of January, the short chilly days and long dark nights seem to have been with us for months. So, with only a few weeks until we can look forward to longer days and more temperate weather, it’s likely we’re all still looking for some hearty and warming recipes to […]

Published

22nd January 2018
Is there a chef in you just bursting to get out?

Is there a Chef in you just Bursting to Get Out???

France has a longstanding reputation for its gastronomic delights and as a result, most cookery training schools put an emphasis on teaching the classical French culinary skills. French training has become synonymous with good taste, class and fantastic cuisine particularly when it comes from direct travel to France to learn the skills. French cooking is […]

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10th January 2018

French Festive Traditions

It seems that every country around the globe celebrates the festive Christmas period a little differently to each other. The French are no exception and so have their own Christmas traditions to enjoy. Here are some of them: In some regions such as Flanders and Alsace, gifts are given to children on December 6th, the […]

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8th December 2017
Gascony Cookery School French Etiquette

Getting French Etiquette Right First time!

Getting to grips with good manners and etiquette away from home can be challenging. It’s probably a good idea to inform yourself of the niceties before you get there rather than offend anyone, especially your host! Mealtime Etiquette Don’t start to eat until the host says, “Bon appetit!” When you’ve finished lay the knife and […]

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10th November 2017
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