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French cookery Archives - The Gascony Cookery School

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.

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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 […]

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30th January 2020

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 […]

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! […]

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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 […]

Published

27th November 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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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 […]

Published

28th June 2018
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All About Cooking with Herbs and Spices

Cooking can be experimental sometimes, particularly if you are able to make dishes without using a recipe or measuring every ingredient out. Adding this or that in different quantities can have a dramatic effect on the taste, look or even the consistency of any dish you’re preparing. Some of us are afraid to use herbs […]

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3rd 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 […]

Published

19th April 2018
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Ways to Improve your Palate

As children, it’s common to dislike some foods even without trying them – it may be its smell, appearance or consistency that just simply puts you off. Once tried it’s often the texture or taste that can totally ruin any chance of it appearing on your plate again any time soon!  Plus, taste can also […]

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23rd March 2018
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A Trustworthy Source of Gastronomique Know How

If you love cooking and are interested in finding out more about different culinary techniques then the Larousse Gastronomique is the book for you. It’s most definitely one of the world’s largest classic culinary reference books available from bookstores, practically the ‘Holy Grail’ of cookery books. In fact, just in the UK alone it has […]

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8th March 2018
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Fall in Love with Food

You can tell it’s going to be Valentine’s Day soon! To be honest you can’t really miss it can you?! Virtually every shop is splashed in red Valentine marketing including everything from hearts to roses. It’s become such a commercial affair but it’s still a great time to tell those closest to us how much […]

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5th February 2018

Are you Craving Comfort Food?

As we hurtle towards the end of January, the short chilly days and long dark nights seem to have been with us for months. So, with only a few weeks until we can look forward to longer days and more temperate weather, it’s likely we’re all still looking for some hearty and warming recipes to […]

Published

22nd January 2018
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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 […]

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10th November 2017

Feel Good Celebrating Food…!

All over the world different countries, cultures and religions use food as a symbol of their beliefs, values and traditions. Shaped by geography and historical events, France today has many regions each with their own cultural and religious observances, language and accents. However, like many countries, France also has several celebration days on the calendar […]

Published

24th October 2017

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