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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 […]

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 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 […]

Published

10th November 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. […]

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 […]

The Start of our new Season at the Gascony Cookery School

A fabulous start to the new season! A great group of guests joined us this week, they totally immersed themselves into cooking and Gramont village life. All members of the group were extremely proud of their Gateaux Pitithiers and didn’t mind one bit sharing it with our wonderful neighbours, Gerard and Janine. In fact, our […]

A New Recipe – Ballotine de Poulet

  Follow this link to access the recipe: Ballotine de poulet We have a variety of courses still available, which you can click here to access    Dave, Vikki & Bernard xxx          

Why we like being in Gascony……

The gastronomic food of the region, we’ve yet to taste better foie gras, confit or magret de canard In June the wonderful scent of garlic in the air In July we can’t stop smiling as we pass masses of fields of sunflowers Waking up to the views of the Pyrenees and watching the seasons change […]

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