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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
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 […]

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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
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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
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

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 […]

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