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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.

Do you know your French Breads?

Many of us are lucky enough to have visited France and enjoyed freshly baked bread or croissants still warm from the Boulangerie oven. This tradition is now fast becoming popular around the world as we find them available in cafes, restaurants and shops almost anywhere and at any time. Croissants are most probably the most […]

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26th September 2017

Do you have a Sweet Tooth?

Many of us like a sweet indulgence now and again and often find ourselves propelled towards a café for a cuppa and a decadent cake or pastry whilst shopping or just simply for a treat. In the UK we have an abundance of cafes and bakeries to choose from however, Pâtisseries are fast becoming a […]

Top Restaurants in the World

It would appear, that French officials have found a way to establish which restaurants in the world are the best and this is compiled in La Liste which was first released in 2016. It’s run by the former French Foreign Minister and current Deputy Chairman of the French Tourism Promotion Board Philippe Faure along with […]

Published

25th August 2017

The Technique of Charcuterie

Creating cured meat products is a French technique, or art, called Charcuterie. It was originally intended as a way to preserve meat before the invention of the fridge. Nowadays, it is the flavour derived from the preservation process which is the primary reason the process continues to be used. The word Charcuterie was originally derived […]

All About Garlic

Over the passage of time, garlic has been used all around the world. It has been used as an aphrodisiac, utilised for medicinal purposes, exchanged as monetary currency, used as a magic potion and was even supposed to ward off evil spirits. However, it is almost certainly more commonly known as a tasty food ingredient. […]

All About Fish and Crustaceans

We thought you may like to know a little bit about the fish we prepare and cook during our Fish and Crustacean Course. It must be said though, that it’s not just about preparing Fish and Crustaceans; the gorgeous Crab Tart requires a very delicate ‘Pâte Brisée’ which is a really short pastry! A trip […]

Published

21st June 2017

The Wine of Gascony

The Gascogne region in south west France is renowned for its production of Armagnac, a distinctive kind of brandy. Thanks to an increase of wine making in the district, it now produces almost as much wine as Alsace. This beautiful, lush green area covers all of Gers, as well as parts of Landes and Lot-et-Garonne. […]

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10th May 2017

Five of the World’s Top Chefs

Here is a selection of some of the World’s best chefs and their specialities…  5. Paul Bacose – The chef of Nouvelle cuisine Paul is a French chef based in Lyon. Born in 1926, Paul was a student of the famous female chef Eugenie Brazier. He owns five restaurants in France, including the luxury restaurant […]

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3rd March 2017

The Gascony Cookery School – an overview

Dave and Vikki left the UK for a life of food and countryside in the heart of Gascony, France, back in 2002. Since then they haven’t looked back. In the UK Dave was a professional Chef for French cuisine, and it was through this that the two of them fell in love with the French […]

Festival Time in Gascony

A lot goes on in Gascony in the summer and here’s a few of the fantastic events you can experience in this beautiful part of the world….. Festival Tempo Latino Taking place in Vic-Fezensac in the heart of Gers, Gascony is this four day, four night festival of Latin, Afro-Caribbean, salsa, Latin Jazz and hip […]

Fish & Crustaceans – Another Amazing Week in Gramont by Julian Rolfe

The stunning Lot-et-Garonne region sits in the South West of France and is home to the Gascony Cookery School based in Gramont, run by David and Vikki Chance, and Bernard Corbière. The school runs from ‘Le Petit Feuillant’ chambre d’hote, the French equivalent of a Bed and Breakfast and ‘Le Petit Feuillant’ Auberge, the excellent traditional restaurant run by Bernard. I had […]

No Politics or Football – just Great Food!

Do you love relaxation and good food? A safe, peaceful environment where all you can hear are the birds singing? Beautiful rolling countryside in a rural area of France where crime is so low that a burglary will become front page news? If you answered yes to those questions then the Gascony Cookery School ticks […]

Tarte au citron recipe

A nice, fresh ‘lemony’ recipe for the summer…….. Ingredients for pate sablée (pastry) 310g plain flour 125g icing sugar 125g softened butter 2 eggs 3 tablespoons of double cream a pinch of salt Ingredients for the filling 3 lemons zest and juice (140ml in total) 3 large eggs or 4 medium eggs 90g caster sugar […]

Spring in Gascony

Our guests left on Wednesday and we have a few days off. We’re using the time wisely by having a good tidy up and doing some long awaited tasks in the garden. Lettuces, tomatoes, courgettes, peppers and other vegetables are now all planted and just waiting for the sun to encourage them to grow. This […]

Another recipe – Two Pepper Soup

La Soupe aux Deux Poivrons – Two Pepper Soup Here’s a lovely warming soup for you to try – ideal for this chilly April weather!! It’s simple to make and looks really good…. Ingredients: 2 Red peppers 2 Yellow peppers 200g onions 2 cloves of garlic 200ml vegetable stock 20g fennel 20ml dry white wine […]

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