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The Gascony Cookery School is in full swing!

The Gascony Cookery School has been very busy! Over the past two weeks, the weather here in Gramont has warmed considerably with long sunny days and balmy evenings. We’ve had new contingents of eager guests here to learn new cooking techniques, skills and recipes. Our kitchens have been a hive of industry with students enjoying […]

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15th July 2019

How to Make Ballotine de Poulet

Here’s a rather tasty centrepiece for your table to impress your friends and family. Simple to make and looks amazing when served, you will need to following ingredients: 1 oven ready chicken @ 1.5kg. Stuffing: 170g Onion 200g Minced Pork Sage (chopped) Parsley (chopped) 40g breadcrumbs Salt & pepper Mustard Sauce: 300ml Demi-glace 100g Mushrooms […]

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27th June 2019

Spring has Sprung in Gascony

We’re delighted to report that Spring has well and truly sprung at the Gascony Cookery School. Our potager garden is fully planted with a variety of vegetables including tomatoes, aubergines, artichokes, lettuce, shallots, courgettes, cucumbers and spinach. We also have herbs including sage, thyme, rosemary, mint and parsley. Food preparation and baking is also taking […]

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12th June 2019

Celebrating Brazilian Style in Gascony

The Gascony Cookery School got off to a flying start for 2019 with celebrations for chef Bernard Corbiere’s 60th birthday.  The theme of the main event was “Brazil”, and as the photos illustrate, many partygoers got into the spirit of it all by wearing bright traditional Brazilian clothing bringing a ‘carnival’ atmosphere to this special occasion! […]

Everything you Need to Discover the World of French Cuisine

It’s Spring and a wonderful busy and exciting time at the Gascony Cookery School as we kick off the new season with our Foundation Level 1 and 2 courses. So why don’t you discover the world of French Cuisine? It really doesn’t matter what your level of skill is, it’s always our pleasure to meet […]

Plaice with Fish Velouté Gascony Cookery School

Here’s a Winter Warmer

Carrelet au Velouté de Poisson – Plaice with Fish Velouté As the winter months are upon us we thought we’d share one of our popular fish dishes. Simple and tasty, we know you will enjoy this hearty meal. Ingredients: 1 Whole plaice (fillets removed) 120g Onions (chopped) 2 Shallots (chopped) 1 Small leek (chopped) Trimmings and bones from fish […]

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27th November 2018
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Table Tips

The Invite is sent, the menu is settled, and the day is upon you! Sounds like everything’s organised but what about the table?   This is where you can get creative by crafting a beautiful backdrop for your delicious dinner or lavish lunch. Here are some ideas to get you started:   Colour Palette Be […]

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13th November 2018

How to Maintain Food Safety in the Kitchen

There’s nothing more satisfying than inviting friends and family over for a meal. But, do you practice good hygiene and food safety in your kitchen? Here’s how you can avoid potential problems: Cook Times Always check the packaging guidelines and follow the cooking instructions. All food must be cooked at the correct temperature and for […]

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24th October 2018
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Why Everyone should Learn to Cook

Home Economics or Food Technology? Were you taught to cook at school or at home? Whatever it was called, the basics you learned have probably set you in good stead and if you use them regularly they are well and truly honed. However, today we are regularly tempted with a vast selection of takeaway and […]

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10th October 2018

Gascony Reveals its Rich Harvest

August is a time when Gascony reveals its rich harvest – Ripe tomatoes, peppers, courgettes and aubergines and much more     Bumper Crops Blessed with warm summer sun, Gascony is truly beautiful with rolling hills, wooded valleys and flowing rivers from the Pyrenees to the Atlantic. The rich and fertile soils help to produce […]

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Fashionable Food Trends

It’s all about vegetarian and vegan food today – well at least that what it seems! There’s been a dramatic rise in interest and popularity so far this year and there are other trends which are emerging as the year progresses. From gut friendly food to adding a 4th meal to your day there are […]

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21st August 2018
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
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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
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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

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