Strawberry Ice Cream.

Strawberries picked the day before to sell at markets all over France make a cooling ice cream desert which is perfect for warm Summer evenings.

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Ingredients

450 to 500g (about one punnet) strawberries.
170g icing sugar.
1/4 lit double cream
1/4 lit single cream

Method

  1. Hull and wash the strawberries in a colander, drain them and pat dry with kitchen paper. Cut them into small pieces.
  2. Put them into a liquidiser with the icing sugar for a few minutes.
  3. Whisk the two creams until thick but not stiff; blend this well into the strawberry puree.
  4. Spoon this mixture into plastic containers and freeze for about twelve hours.

Take the ice cream out of the freezer about an hour before serving and place into the refrigerator so that it thaws slightly.
I found that it was better to use small silicone cake molds for freezing the ice cream, it is a lot easier to extract and are the right portion size per serving.

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Events:-

Exhibition of sculptures and volumes, La Rogue-Gageac 18th to 23rd June.
Musical Festival, at Belves 24th June.
Tennis Festival, St Cyprian 25th June.
Vintage Vehicles, Sarlat 26th June.
Exhibition-what did the Romans eat!, Belves.18th June to 2nd July.
Chamber Music/Mozart, Hautefort. 7th July

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Ferme Auberge du Roc.

This was our first visit to Ferme Auberge du Roc, which is situated on the D57, route de Besse, 24170, Saint Pompom. We where invited by friends of ours as a special treat. They had heard good reviews about the restaurant and we were not disappointed with the meal or the service. Very high quality traditional périgourdine cuisine at excellent prices. Give it a try if you are in the area.

It is advisable to book a table before you go in French they do not speak English.

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A quiet and welcoming farm restaurant with tables inside and on the terrace. Serving traditional food which is all prepared by the owners. Menu at nineteen fifty euro or twenty five euro. The full range of food can be seen on their web site.

Ferme Auberge du Roc.

There is also a boutique shop which sells home cooked products and which can be bought on line. Plus you can book a holiday, bed and breakfast or full board.

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A free terrine of garlic soup with rustic bread.

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Just a couple of the choices of starters. The goats cheese was gorgeous so fresh.

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I had the trout with vegetables and Paul had the entrecôte which he said was very tender.

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The chocolate moose was delicious.

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Also, do not be surprised to be greeted by their friendly puppy who slept at my feet during the meal, gorgeous.

An excellent meal with friends in the countryside on a lovely sunny day, who could wish for more.

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Antique Brocante At Castelnaud-la-Chapelle

How wonderful it is to walk around an antique market on a lovely sunny morning in the shadow of le château de  Castlenaud in the open air without face masks and social distancing.

We got one of the last parking spots due to the amount of people at the event, it was very well attended.

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Everything was there on display to buy. Antique farm equipment and tools, radiogrammes, bicycles, chairs and tables and my favorite, linen.

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However, this gentleman caught my eye wearing traditional South American Costume. He makes nearly everything that he sells from hats, jackets, bags, toys and more.

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I think that I am wearing most of what he sells but it was great fun meeting him.

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Keep an eye open for him at other markets in the Perigord over the Summer.

Ones to look out for are:-

Le Bugue 18th and 19th June

Le Eyzies 3rd July

Saint-Cyprien 14th July

Eymet 31st July

Salignac 4th August

Villefranche du Perigord 20th and 21st August

Saint-Cyprien 27th August

La Roque Gageac 4th September

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Belves Revisited.

Every Saturday in Belves is market day where you can buy fresh produce, clothes and craft wares. Belves is one of our favourite medieval towns to visit, on this particular day we headed first to the tourist office and secondly to the wine and beer store which is run by our two friends Graham and Damon.

13th Century Belves on Market Day.

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At the Tourist Office.we were looking for information about the Medieval Festival which reopened once more last year after an absence because of Covid. It was a brilliant fun day last year, you are transported back in time to the Medieval Period to enjoy the costumes, musicians, dance and more, follow the parade through the streets of Belves and drink in the atmosphere. That is not all, there is also a Medieval Market where local and ancient crafts can be seen and bought.

This year the Medieval Festival will take place on Sunday 7th August. Watch this pace for further information, but we can highly recommend a visit.

Our second call of the day was to Plonk and Plus which is owned by two friends of ours Graham and Damon who know everything that you will ever need to know about the wines and beers from the local area, it is always well worth a visit.

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And here we see a little Hobbit (me) standing along side Graham, who gave us a glimpse into his extensive knowledge of wines.

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On the left a Rosé and on the right is a dry White Wine We have not tasted these before but both are highly recommended so I shall let you know in a future blog.

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Graham and Damon also own Planches and Plonk which is a cheese and wine bar that can be found at 34 Rue Jacques Manchotte. All produce is made by local, independent producers. Again well worth a visit to enjoy a glass or two of excellent wine and a selection of their gorgeous cheeses. Or you can stay longer in their bed and breakfast accommodation where you can explore more of Belves and the Perigord region.

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Terre Sauvage.

This is the recently opened Terre Sauvage shop which is also situated on the main shopping street in Belves.

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It is where a local artist displays his work. I particularly like the skill which is evident in the animal and bird creations on display, made from recycled metal and you can buy at a reasonable price.

The artist has captured the birds brilliantly in these two works of art.

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A New Cafe in Daglan.

Fabrice le Chef who owns and runs the excellent La Cantine restaurant in the centre of Daglan village across from the Marie, has now expanded his business to incorporate L’Annexe, a new cafe and bar which will offer a selection of snacks including tapas, burgers, pizzas and salads on the spot or to take away. The cafe has been granted a licence IV, meaning you can drop in for an alcoholic beverage or cocktail without ordering food. L’Annexe is expected to open later this week

.L’Annexe is to be found opposite what was once Le Thé Vert at the South East entrance to the village on the main (D60) road which leads to St Pompom.

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A selection of snacks and drinks

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Just picture collecting your food and drinks and sitting outside in the shade or gorgeous sunshine at the rear of the cafe.

L’Annexe

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