Angel’s Birthday.

Our adorable cat Angel has just turned twelve, so a celebration of reaching this age was given to her. Tuna for her breakfast and cat treats plus lots of photographs throughout the day. Angel loves to have her picture taken, it is why she is very pleased when the tourist season starts. She will sit outside our garden gate and pose for anyone with a camera.

Angel is the cat posing for the camera.

It is only about a year ago that she has started to let other cats come into the house without hissing etc. To go onto the bed was not allowed at all. So this is her first picture with Loki, partly visible at the top of the picture, Spot lying comfortably on my knee and Felu, fast asleep on the edge of he bed.

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She can still show the other cats that she is able to climb onto my wardrobe.

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This is her best friend Felu, we do not know why but she loves to have him near by. The comfort blanket that Angel is resting on was given to her when the RSPCA rescued her with five other cats when she was about one year old. It it a little worn now but I would not take it from her, she loves it.

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Sarlat Truffle Festival 2023

Black Perigord truffles are a real luxury and are considered the jewels of France, so we were not put off by the extreme cold last Saturday morning, we just had to go and see the annual Sarlat Truffle festival celebrating the winter truffle season.

Through history the truffle has been used in Greek and Roman cooking, over the centuries they have maintained their mystique to become an integral part of French cuisine. Today, the most valuable truffles are to be found in the Perigord, the winter black truffle, or as is it commonly known, ‘black diamond’ due to its high price and rarity.

A magnificent display of truffles covering three rows of trestle tables, to be bought by locals and restaurants from all over France.

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As you walk around the many vendors proudly displaying their truffles you are met with a delicious aroma, that you only get with the Truffle.

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On these gold plates were category one truffles, the most expensive at one thousand euro per kilogram.

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We did by one tiny truffle, about a dessert spoonful size, plus the most delicious truffle macaroons.

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You can cook with truffle in many ways; with chicken, duck, eggs, potatoes, rice, pasta, grated to make truffle butter, put into or onto sauces, even ice cream. One particular sauce is known as the King of sauce and is the pinnacle of gastronomic pedigree and haute cuisine; sauce Perigueux, which incorporates truffle, Madera wine and cognac.

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Sweet Potato Soup.

The sweet potato is a staple of the Caribbean and American cooking, it is very versatile for it can be roasted, baked mashed and curried. High in fibre, it also contains vitamins A,C and E.

So with the above in mind here is a delicious heart warming soup for a cold Winters Day.

Serves 4 people

1 tbsp olive oil

1 small onion, chopped

600g sweet potato, peeled and chopped

1 red pepper, deseeded and chopped

1 litre vegetable stock

140ml coconut milk

1 tbsp coriander

1 Heat the oil in a large saucepan and cook the onion until soft. Stir in the sweet potato, pepper and coriander.

2 Pour in the stock and bring to the boil, then simmer for about twenty minutes until the potato and pepper are softened.

3 Blitz, in a liquidiser in batches, then return to the pan. Add the coconut milk, heat once more and serve.

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Event:– 14 and 15th January, Truffle Festival in Sarlat.

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L’Auberge De Biron.

It is almost the end of the year so it was time for the annual Club de L’Amitie Daglanaise celebration meal. This year it was held at L’Auberge de Biron, which is situated at the foot of the Château.

The magnificent Château de Biron.

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The aperitif was Sangria Maison, which was very nice.

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I must try and make this myself it was very tasty bowl of butternut soup.

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The club members enjoying the terrine of smoked goose pâté for the entree. I had a very nice bean galette.

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Friends Enjoying their entree.

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The main course was duck in filo pastry, vegetables with mashed potatoes. I had the vegetables with vegetarian sliced wheat but it looked too much like meat from a chicken leg so I am afraid that I could not eat it, which was a shame after they had gone to so much trouble.

Followed by the cheese course and the delicious dessert…

of apple and nut cake with crème anglaise.

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All rounded off with a coffee.

It was great meeting friends and catching up on the latest news.

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Event-Sarlat Christmas Market from the 7th to the 31st December.

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It Is Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas.

The teddy bears are coming to town. More and more are starting to adorn the windows, balcony’s and shops of Sarlat, together with the lights and decorations which have been strung across the many medieval streets to create a wonderful Christmas wonderland.

Teddy bears are appearing in many windows in Sarlat.

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Our favourite shop in Sarlat, Maison Massoulier, is full of the most gorgeous Christmas treats. You can also buy pastries, cakes and chocolates. Or sit and enjoy a drink of hot chocolate, tea or coffee with your favourite pastry.

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One teddy is nearly on the balcony.

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Look up to the windows of the tourist office for more teddy’s and Christmas adornments.

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And more.

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But my favourite is the family of teddy bears enjoying people watching in the Place de la Liberte.

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The big event of course is the Christmas market which is to be found in the Parking Rigaudie car park in Sarlat. There are seventy chalets this year, full of gifts, food, mulled wine and Christmas treats for all..

Each year the Christmas market focuses on a country, this year it is Ireland.

Also at the Christmas market will be the traditional ice rink. Or you might want a carriage ride around the ancient streets of Sarlat, or see a concert or participate in one of the many workshops.

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