Indian Feast Cookery Class And Lunch 23rd January 2016

Indian Feast Cookery Class and Lunch 23rd January 2016

So my first cookery class and lunch has been and gone and what a fun day it was. I met some fabulous ladies who were very enthusiastic and arrived ready and willing to get stuck in, whats more they all arrived on the dot of 9am, something which never happened during our time in India!! The previous day Emma and I were busy making up trays for each dish so the students wouldn't spend all morning chopping onions and measuring ingredients, hard work for us but it certainly allows the guests to fill their time doing the interesting stuff and not the mundane. The dining table was laid for lunch, our gorgeous thali plates which we brought back from New Delhi looking shiny and opulent. Some indian textiles on the table all the way from Rajasthan and a few ornaments picked up in the Bazaars of Mumbai to get the conversation going and we were ready to go. After coffee and croissants and a quick run through of the time plan for the day the ladies were paired up, aprons on and raring to go, there is always a sense of adventure at the start of a cookery class which…

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Midweek Supper

Midweek Supper

Lately with the exception of a couple of curry nights, we seem to have eaten potatoes with everything, so last night I dug out an old recipe from the marvellous 'Easy Entertaining' book by Darina Allen. Chicken and Chorizo with Pasta.   I would have preferred Rigatoni but Penne was in the cupboard. If you're looking for a break from Christmas fayre I would highly recommend and am sure it would taste almost as delicious with leftover turkey, although the cooking time of the poultry would need be reduced accordingly...give it a try!!!    Chicken & Chorizo Sauce for Pasta

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The France Trip – Champagne Region

The France Trip – Champagne Region

Its a few days after we returned from our lovely holiday in France now and I am totally smitten with France, particularly The Cote D’Or, its produce, wine, people, countryside, hospitality and generosity of spirit. We stayed for the first couple of days on the edge of the champagne region, the Cote Des Bars in the beautiful medieval city of Troyes the former capital of champagne, the old town is full of half timbered buildings, tiny alleyways and cobbled streets, everywhere you go here you’ll discover traces of history from hundreds of years ago, quaint, quirky and irresistibly charming…. Our accommodation was at a perfectly located guesthouse La Maison M on the canal. The charming and very hospitable Michelle and Bruno have renovated this elegant property with great sympathy and taste, they are very proud of their achievements and after breakfast gave us a guided tour. Michelle is a keen cook and her home made preserves were fabulous, indeed the bread which we had for breakfast was in hindsight by far the best we tasted in all our trip, gorgeous crust with a chewy centre and slight sourdough flavour. Imagine my surprise when she showed us the kitchen and proudly…

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