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We’d like to talk about your language!

Can you think of a phrase or idiom in the English language that uses food to describe something? Have you ever used the phrase ‘couch potato’ about an idle person or ‘it was a piece of cake’ because a task was easy? These are great examples of idioms in the English language.     In […]

Published

30th January 2020

Festive French Fayre

It’s an exciting time of year, that time when we all start to get prepared for all the festivities. Christmas in France is huge on food when the finest and best of everything gastronomic is beautifully prepared, cooked, and presented. The main event for the French is Le Réveillon, a traditional late night feast held after […]

Why Everyone Should Visit Gascony

We simply love where we live and teach, so we want to tell you why! We’ve come up with all the reasons why we think you should come and visit us here in Gascony. Geography The area of Gascony is situated in South West France, approximately six and half hours or 680km from Paris. The […]

Published

29th October 2019

15 Essential French Kitchen Ingredients

France has many regions each with their own cultural and religious observances, language and accents. However, food is very much part of the entire country’s culture and much of daily life is spent around the table eating lunch or dinner with friends, family or work colleagues. For traditional methods and recipes, there are key ingredients […]

All About the Basics

Quite often recipes require sauces or basic recipes. In some cases, they can be served on their own or as part more complicated recipe. A classic example of this is Crème Patissière. So, we thought you may like a few of them to get you started: Crème Patissière Ingredients 1 litre of milk 3eggs 100g […]

Do you know your Game?

The flesh of any wild animal or bird is classified as Game. Game meets the needs of a growing society that wishes to eat ethically and is against intensive farming. This is borne out by the fact that supermarket sales of game jumped by 20% last season with some reporting an increase in venison sales of […]

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 […]

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 […]

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