Helping Hands.

My roving reporter Paul was on hand to capture the “helping hands” a few days ago. Imagine the scene if you will, a large lorry arrives in the square, loaded with stock for the Supermarket in the village. When voices were heard, “oh no we can not unload”, but in French off course.

What do you do?

Send out a distress call to the local builders yard of course.

Freytet, building material supplier.

Were soon on hand with a forklift truck.

I am always amazed at how helpful people are in our village. The stock unloaded and in the store is ready for another week of the tourist season.

Remember that for the summer season the 8 à Huit supermarket is open every day including lunch hour, except on Sunday when closes for lunch then opens again in the afternoon. They sell an excellent range of products from fresh, chilled, frozen and tinned foods, to wine, beer, milk etc.
 

Shared Garden Project

Shared gardens was developed by the children in the village Primary School has part of the common land development scheme, which was organised by our Marie this year in the residence of the convent.

All completely pesticide free and organic, grown to perfection.
 

Event :-

Promenade en Gastronomie this Sunday in Daglan.
Delicious food and wine to savour and enjoy. Will be served at the various stalls around the village this Sunday. Not to be missed is a truffle dog demonstration that will take place in La Place de la Liberty.

La Fête Nationale (Bastille Day) in Daglan

The French National Day commemorates the storming of the Bastille on the 14th July 1789, which was a turning point of the French Revolution. The date also celebrates from 1790 the Fête de la Federation which is for the unity of the French people, a tradition clearly upheld in our village, not only by French people but all of the different nationalities that live here.

Parade to the cenotaph which was led by our Maire Pascal Dussol.

 
We particularly love how he always greets and welcomes everyone that he meets.

 
Gorgeous flowers to be laid at the cenotaph in front of La Petit Paris restaurant.

 
A welcoming and moving speech. This little boy will grow up to be a star of film and stage I am sure.

 
After the ceremony we were all invited by the Maire to join him for drinks and snacks.

 
It was great meeting up with friends in the village. “Santé Anita”

 
And more Santé to Roy and Letitia, it was the same glass of wine honestly. Do I look like I am wearing furry slippers? Roy’s dog had taken a liking to my feet

 
 
Events:-

Sarlat Theatre Festival during the months of 20th July to 5th August, Visit the Office de Tourisms at 3 Rue Tourny for events.

Night Markets start and continue through the months of July and August. Typically “marchés nocturnes” have a good choice of locally produced food, wine and beer, and a live band playing from about 8.00pm. Seating at tables is provided and seasoned night-market visitors will take their own crockery and cutlery.

Monday – Montignac
Tuesday – Bouzic
Wednesday – Belves
Thursday – Saint Cyprian
Friday – Saint-Cybranet
Saturday – Saint Pompon

Events may be subject to change so please check with the local Office de Tourisme

 
 

Soirée Musicale at Café de la Fleur

Last Saturday evening we enjoyed a musical evening with friends from our village. The band, Gizah, where really good, playing a mixture of jazz and Latin. But it was the unexpected extra entertainment that was so fascinating. The band had set up to play in front of the toilet which for me, who absolutely loves people watching, became even more of a place of interest. Diners had to negotiate around or through the band, stepping over cables to get to the toilet and back. A mixture of Yoga, Limbo dancing and moves which I had never seen before were performed to a high standard, all taken with great amusement.

Gizah
jazz and LatinGizah played a mixture of jazz and Latin.
 

In with the price was a three course meal with a vegetarian option brilliant.

Special menu for the evening was:-
Jazz soup or vegetable soup with home made bread.
Roast beef or vegetable steak with Rosti apples, Salad and Garlic Sauce.
House gâteau with ice cream and cream.

 

Half way through the meal most of the restaurant lights went out but it was no problem at all, Robin the owner rushed around placing more candles onto each table and everyone carried on eating and enjoying themselves in the glow of the candle light.

Friends enjoying the evening
at Café de la FleurEnjoying the evening by candle light.
 

La Vie en RoséOur first bottle of this vintage, very nice.

Thank you Robin and Charlotte for a wonderful night, see you soon.
 

 

Events:-

Sarlat : Chocolate Festival this weekend.

Daglan : Spring Festival 19th March
Daglan Spring Festival 19th March

 

 

Now for something yummy.

The Newly decorated and renamed Pâtisserie Massoulier (ex Roland Mertz ) is to be found at 33 Rue de la République in Sarlat. It is the kind of shop that you just have to stop and take pictures, the window display is always a cake lovers artistry and everything they sell is so delicious I could buy the lot but my waist band and my bank account would not allow it.
 

Pâtisserie MassoulierSo yummy

 

dscn2343Rows and rows of hand made chocolates for every occasion
 

dscn2342Sorry I think that I got a little side tracked, here is a little of the new décor, furniture and fittings.
 

dscn2340Just about to eat breakfast. Besides wonderful gateau they also serve excellent coffee, a wide variety of teas, real hot chocolate, fresh squeezed orange juice and of course, delicious pastries.
 
 

Wow… This is my time of year

Sarlat Chocolate FestivalChocolate Festival in Sarlat on 11 and 12th March, at the Ancien Evêché, next to the tourist office on Place du Payrou.
 
 

The Three Musketeers.

Last Sunday we were invited to the general assembly of the Club de L’Amitie Daglanaise, which incorporated the Annual General Meeting followed by a luncheon.

Each year there are celebrations and presents for any member of the Club de L’Amitie Daglanaise who’s birthday ends in a zero or a five. Our village Musketeers who are all boules champions and who have great tales to tell of their life experiences look happy indeed.

The Three MusketeersHappy trio.

I must say that the French know how to enjoy their food, three hours of eating, drinking and being a little merry is the norm, wonderful.

Menu

Aperitif
Kir and bowels of snacks

Soup
Pearls of Japan carcass broth (not for me being a vegetarian) but Paul thought it was delicious

Starter
Bites of seafood (this did look good, pastry filled with sea food) Could not eat due to animal fat in the pastry so I had smoked trout with salad which was gorgeous

Main Dish
Supreme of guinea fowl with sauce, peas and gratin dauphinois
My main was fish cooked to perfection, with the peas and gratin dauphinois. It was so filling that I could not eat it all.

Cheese
Green salad with three different cheeses

Dessert
Caramel cream, raspberry tiramisu, chocolate cake, wow delicious.

All the above served with white or red wine

Coffee

Our presidentOur president of the Club, Lydie Pasquet.

Suck a lemonSucking a lemon! No just pulling a face at Paul

Quite a gatheringIt was great to meet new people and to catch up with others that we have met previously at the club.

Events :-

Château de Castelnaud-la-Chapelle, re-opens after its winter break for a guided tour on the theme of a fortified castle under attack on 5th March.

Daglan, holds its Second Spring Festival on 19th March

Party time at Café de la Fleur.

Robin and Charlotte have worked wonders on this property, transforming a neglected bistro into something quite special. They have worked extremely hard to renovate the first floor bar area/restaurant and the second floor which is now open for Birthdays, Anniversaries, Party’s etc. Most of the village attended the grand official opening last Saturday night.
 

dscn2301 Robin and Charlotte.
 

dscn2299Everyone was given a warm welcome with free wine and party food.
 
Gorgeous oak beams and interesting wallpaper made from newspaper and magazine cuttings.

dscn2298and a very welcoming fire on a cold evening.
 

dscn2303All girls together. I am the Hobbit size person wearing the Doctor Who scarf.
 

dscn2307Bonne Chance Robin, Charlotte and Café de la Fleur.

 

Event:- I am so excited, towards the end of last year I was asked to write a article for French Property News magazine about our buying experience, the renovation of our property, our village and the area in general. I can not tell you how nervous I was after sending the article to the editor but she loved it and a few days ago I was sent a copy to read complete with our pictures. Wow, the article is in the March issue.

Truffle Festival

This is undoubtedly the highlight of January, Sarlat Truffle Festival which ran for two days last weekend. There are not many things that would entice me to leave the warmth of a log fire when the temperature outside is -2 and I have a bad cold but the prospect of buying a truffle wins every time.

At up to one thousand euros a kilo the fusty, musty, heady truffle is among the worlds most expensive foods, comparable to caviar that is a similar price.

You can find truffles used in moose, macerons, chocolate, and thinly sliced on top or in various meat and vegetarian dishes. When Paul and I had a holiday in Umbria many years ago we were introduced to truffle ice cream, sounds a bit icky but it was so delicious.

Due to the fact that it can be used to flavour foods before you actually use the truffle it can be quite economical. Dropped in with other foods such as eggs, pasta, chicken or rice so the truffle aroma and taste will permeate most food products you can make a small truffle last for several meals.
 

Medieval Quarter in Sarlat Medieval Quarter in Sarlat where truffle hunters and Chiefs from all over the Perigord Black sell their truffles and truffle creations.

There have always been truffles in the Perigord Black but due to the First and Second World Wars, the nurture of the truffle went into decline, on one hand due to the loss of the smallholders and on the other hand the shrinking forests due to changes of land use and the exhaustion of truffle friendly trees. Across France in the 1930’s, the truffle harvest was roughly 1000 tons. During the 1960’s replanting of trees such as the French Oak was introduced plus other trees to test the growth of truffles. Now however is the constant threat of climate change. Hotter Summers and less rainfalls in other parts of France is reducing the growth of the truffle. So as the harvest starts to decline so the price increases. Today in sharp contrast it is only about 50 tons.
 

Truffles on displayVery proud owners of the truffle selling their finds at various weights and quality.
 

Truffle mooseTruffles made into moose with grated truffle on top, or thinly sliced between pate.
 

Two young Chiefs Two young Chiefs competing for the best truffle macerons. We did buy two macerons from them and ate them while the Chiefs waited for our response. Truly delicious boys.
 

Truffle maceronsOf course we had to buy two large macerons from another Chief to take home with us. You can not beat coffee or chocolate macerons made with truffles, the flavour is magnificent.
 

Our little truffleOur little prize along side a dessert spoon, we only paid fifteen euros so a really good price. We placed the truffle on top of eggs and left them over night. The truffle had permeated the egg shell by the morning giving the scrambled eggs the luxury flavour of truffle. Now the truffle is sitting in the rice container to flavour the rice.

A pig or a dog is usually used to sniff and find truffles in the forests, however I think that we may have the first truffle cat! Our kitten Cleo loves the smell of truffle.
 

Events:-

Castelnaud-la-Chapelle 28th and 29th January for the International Céou Canoe Race.

Daglan 19th March for the Second Spring Festival of Flowers.