An English Themed Sarlat. Part Two

Or stay calm Christmas is coming.

Along the main Rue de la République, the Medieval Quarter and in fact almost every shop window in Sarlat the flags are flying. Red, white and blue is everywhere you look, on trees, on lamp posts and on buildings. Below is just a taster which I hope that everyone will enjoy.

We loved the red telephone boxes in the window of the Tourism Office.
 

On parade, anyone for a cup of tea?
 

One of the many shops decorated for Christmas.
 

Our favourite shop for morning breakfast, Pâtisserie Massoulier decorated in the British theme.
 

Inside there are shelves crammed with Christmas delights.
 

I know I look like an elf. My wish is “one of everything please Santa”.
 
 

Event:- Château de Castelnaud, December 26 to the 30th. Medieval flavours and cooking.
 
 

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Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel.

We are feeling in the mood for Christmas after our visit to the Noel Fête at Vitrac last Saturday afternoon, which was organised by children and staff at the local school. The workmanship of the arts and crafts on display was outstanding. Plus you could buy home made cakes, puddings and biscuits. Enjoy a cup of coffee or warming soup. Or buy a bottle of beer or whiskey to take home. All accompanied by guitar playing by one of the teachers, a brilliant way to spend an hour and to support the local school.

All hand made.
 

I think that Paul and I need to drink more wine! Wine corks were used in the making of the log houses and a few of the candle displays, superb. I was spoilt for choose on what to buy for Christmas.
 

Brilliant guitar playing, thank you for letting us take the pictures.
The hearts on display opened up for chocolates or other gifts. I was thinking of a bracelet but I can dream.
 

What we did buy was a garland made out of straw and decorated with dried flowers etc. to place on our front door. Plus almond and apple cakes, which were so delicious that I wish that we had bought a very delicious looking chocolate pudding. In truth I do not think that I could have burnt off the calories before Christmas, but it looked so good.
 
 

Event:- Sarlat : English Themed Noel Market from Wednesday 6th December to the 31st December. Forty Chalets selling arts and crafts, toys, paintings, warm woolen mittens, scarves, hats, ornaments etc. Plus a skating rink and Father Christmas.
The English Theme will also be a feature in the many shops of Sarlat along the main road and the Medieval Quarter.
 
 

Superb food with our fellow Daglanaise.

First of all a very big thank you to the Club de l’Amitié of Daglanaise for the organisation of the meal at Le Gabarrier Restaurant. It was truly one of the nicest meals that I have ever tasted in South West France where the standard is so high to begin with. In such friendly company, what more could you wish for.

Le Gabarrier Restaurant is to be found in Allas-les-Mines behind the Musee, with wonderful views overlooking the Dordogne river.

Le Gabarrier Restaurant.

The meal began with a cocktail made with raspberry, cranberry’s and rum, it was delicious.  Then we were served the Chefs soup, a starter followed.
This is Paul’s starter, foie gras creme brulee with tomato and basil sorbet.

 

As a vegetarian I particularly loved the sorbet made with tomato and basil, fresh goats cheese on granary bread with a side salad. One of my favorites and a meal all by itself.

A choice of red, white or Rose wine was served with the main course.

Just look at the enjoyment on his face while eating the main course of lamb in honey glaze.

 

I am happy, sitting besides the Maire, glass in hand and eating a succulent piece of grilled salmon, with a beetroot mash and creamed carrots.

 

A few of our fellow Daglanaise, cheers and bon appetite.

 

It is great to get together and catch up with all of the local news.

 

Paul and I were so full but we could not resist the dessert. Which was followed by coffee and chocolates.

We will diet for the rest of the week… I think and we will certainly go to Le Gabarrier again, the service, the food, wine etc. where all excellent.

Event:-Vitrac Christmas Fare this Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th.

Forgotten Vegetables

Shorter days and chilly nights call for soups made from root vegetables. While there has been a growing move towards seasonal vegetables in England, the French markets and supermarkets have been much better at presenting their customers with seasonal foods.

As the leaves begin to fall from the trees we have noticed some strangely shaped and oddly coloured vegetables appear on our local market stalls.

To me, some of these root vegetables look like a new variety but no, they have been cultivated for centuries when seasonality was imposed onto people rather than offered as a choice. Then they were forgotten when the move for more exotic vegetables and all year round availability became the norm. As always the French have a wonderful name for these vegetables, légumes oubliés (forgotten vegetables).

At first sight Paul and I were unsure if the purple, sometimes black carrot and the yellow carrots were actually carrots. So we bought some to try from a organic produce seller in St Cyprian market and decided they were delicious.

The purple and yellow carrots taste more peppery, than their classic counterparts, peel them roast them, place them into casseroles or soups the flavour is outstanding.

All ready to make a hearty soup so here is the recipe.
 

Lentil and Vegetable Soup

Serves about four people

2 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, chopped
4 medium size carrots, cut and diced
4 sticks celery, sliced
2 tomatoes, chopped
1 potato, diced
small turnip cut into small chunks
50g mushrooms
125g dried green lentils
1 litre of vegetable stock

Heat the oil in a large saucepan, add the onions and cook gently for about five minutes.
Then add all of the other vegetables, stir for about five minutes. Add the lentils, stock and bring to the boil and then simmer for about one and a half hours until the lentils are tender.

Serve as it is with chunks of fresh bread or you could grate a strong cheese over the top, either way delicious.

It freezes well too.

A hearty soup for a Autumn or Winters day.
 
 

Local News- Maison Carré Patisserie at Castlenaud will be closed from the 23rd October to the 5th November.

 
 

Hurry… there may still be cake!

Today the 8 à Huit in Daglan have cakes made by our very own “Wonder Woman” (real name Virginie). If I say that they are so delicious that they make your mouth water with delight, you will conjuror up an images of the perfect French cakes.

Here they are on the table in front of Chris, chocolate cake, apple cake or pear cake free to everyone, and you could also have free juice or water if you so wish.
 

Another very happy customer with Virginie.

 
Also today a fire breathing dragon appeared in the village..

To be found on the right of the Place de la Liberté.

“I see fire inside the mountain, I see fire burning the trees”, Ed Sheeran