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Aug 13, 2014 - Market day in Sarlat

We woke from our late slumber feeling almost refreshed, but not quite. We headed down quickly to get some breakfast before the 10am cut off, and made it with 25 minutes to spare. The lady who organised the breakfast buffet however was not at all happy to see us. As we sat and ate our breakfast, she was cleaning up the tables. However, cleaning isn't the appropriate word. Slamming dishes into a plastic tray to take to the kitchen is a bit more descriptive. Pretending she worked in an iron foundry as she put the cutlery in the same tray is...

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Sep 9, 2011 - Beynac-et-Cazenac

Friday 9th September 2011 Weather:-28degrees/Hot-Sunny Our 10 kilometres drive to Beynac-et-Cazenac took us through some thick wooded and hilly areas. The little village lies on the banks of the Dordogne River and boasts an imposing castle which was once besieged by Richard the Lion Heart. We were surprised by the size of the town as in our minds we thought that it would have been bigger but we also noticed that all the tourist menus were at least 10% dearer than in the neighbouring Sarlat—Beynac is taking advantage of their captive market....

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Sep 8, 2011 - Sarlat-la-Caneda

Thursday 8th September 2011 Weather:-18 degrees Misty/Drizzle And first we have to give a hearty “Thank You” to the management of the ‘Monsuer Piere Schelvis Convalescent Hospital’ in Les Pineaux. A second “thank you” comes from the female patient who was banned at all times from the vicinity of the kitchen in case she spread her disease and pestilence, giving her an extra nice vacation. It is always a bonus when your meals are bought out to you. Mind you we had to put up with some insults—the latest was that Herman and I could get a...

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Aug 5, 2011 - Graduation Dinner At Cooking School

August 5, 2011 Thursday’s sun had given way to Friday’s rainy mist as we slowly began our day. The dinner menu for our last full day of school was a summer vegetable salad with Magret (duck breast), a soft poached egg with an orange, walnut oil and grain mustard vinaigrette. We began with the vegetables… Chef Jim had assembled a virtual bouquet of local vegetables on a huge platter along with an assortment of herbs from the school’s garden. We began by applying our cheffy chopping techniques on the vegetables and herbs under Chef Jim’s...

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Aug 4, 2011 - Lamb And Taboule With Tarte Tatin

August 4, 2011 Thursday dawned a beautiful sunny day after our mixed weather of the last few days. Jim had advised that today would be a fairly full day of kitchen work and cooking was in the air. After a casual 9:00 a.m. breakfast, we began in earnest preparing a ragout of tomatoes, onions and Noilly Prat vermouth, punched up with herbs picked freshly from the school’s garden. In fact, Chef Jim’s first instruction was to send several of us out to the herb garden to select the fresh aromatics. The chopping and slicing of the veggies along...

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Aug 3, 2011 - Sarlat's Food Market And A Quiet Dinner In

August 3, 2011 While still threatening, the rain stayed away for our trip to Sarlat’s Wednesday market, a smaller one than last Saturday’s but more focused on food: local produce, Foie Gras, duck everything or everything duck, pink garlic, walnuts, sausage, cheese…you name it. We convoyed in early to avoid the crowds and parked near the beginning of the market. Chef Jim showed us his booth recommendations and related stories about some of the local flavour and characters. We split up after a pass through and Brenda and I ventured up to some...

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Aug 2, 2011 - Sea Bass Surgery And A Storm

August 2, 2011 After a tasty continental breakfast we hit the ground running on our first full day of school. Our lunch was to be our first project and Chef Jim began with some “cheffy” knife skills as he trained us on halving plum tomatoes, showing us a little secret on where exactly to slice the tomato for best presentation. The tomatoes were for our lunch dish of the day, oven-dried plum tomato tarts with basil mascarpone. After slicing, they went into the oven for cooking and drying. Our next project involved fish, which I’m not exactly...

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Aug 1, 2011 - Off To Cooking School

August 1, 2011 Monday morning, we arose to another relaxed morning and delicious breakfast in Les Cordeliers. Danny helped us store our bags for a later departure and we left to do some shopping before a leisurely drive to Cooking School. Brenda found some nice tops and we had a late lunch in the square before loading up our Dacia Duster and crawling our way out of Sarlat. On one of our turns in the narrow country roads, we slammed to a stop at the sight of hundreds of Foie Gras geese parading through an orchard…a strangely stately affair...

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Jul 31, 2011 - Chateau Losse

July 31, 2011 Superior bed linen and a comfortable mattress in air conditioned comfort meant that we had a great sleep and a decent lie-in. We had been pleasantly surprised when Chris had told us the night before that breakfast was served until 11:00 a.m., which we took full advantage of. In the breakfast parlour, we met Danny who helps out in the B&B and he served us great tasting coffee while offering up eggs done any way you could want. Brenda had the soft boiled and I had the poached which were both done to perfection. All the while,...

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Jul 30, 2011 - Sarlat-le-Canéda

July 30, 2011 An update: We realized that we hadn’t closed the chapter on Brenda’s ankle injury from the Bike and Barge Tour after getting several inquiries on her condition. First of all, I apparently erred in saying it was an ankle injury when it was actually her Achilles tendon (in my defense, that IS in the general area of the ankle). It hasn’t healed completely and is still tender, but she is managing to get around quite well. Likely a visit to our physiotherapist on our return will be in order. Now, on with our travels: We were all...

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Jun 17, 2010 - From France to the South-East coast of Spain

Sorry about the day in posting - too hard to get to Internet cafes. We had 3.5 wonderful days in Sarlat in the south of France. We quickly got into the daily routine of picking up our fresh baguettes in the morning, along with foie gras, cheeses, strawberries and meats at a local market, then having a picnic lunch. Now this is a lifestyle that we could quickly get used to! Our tour of the medieval castle at Beynac was particularly interesting (pictures included). We shall forever have fond memories of the wonderful rolling hills in the...

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Jun 16, 2010 - Imogen's weeks in France

Hi everyone I’m sorry I haven’t written for so long, but France has been so much fun! We have spent 3 weeks in France. One week in Paris, one week in a town called Beaune which is in Burgundy, and the third week near a town called Sarlat, which is in an area called the Perigord Noir. First I’ll tell you about our week in Paris. On the first day we went on a bus ride and saw so many famous things. Our apartment was in an area called Montmartre and it has a famous church called the Sacre Coeur. It is a catholic church and it was white all...

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