Marche de Noel

This was the best Christmas market that I have ever been to in France. Well done to the ladies from the Club de l’Amitié Daglanaise craft sessions who have been organising and planning the event for the last few months and to all those who helped prepare the Salle des Fetes for a wonderful event. There has already been interest from people for a Christmas market for next year.

Step inside the wonderland.

 

Such an array of artisan products for sale, each stall was brimming with decorations, toys, ornaments and cards for Christmas. There was also, a raffle, tombola and guess the weight of the Christmas cake. We won a DVD on the tombola which I was very pleased with.
 

Mouth watering home made cakes were on display in the market café, they had nearly sold out by the end of the day.
 

“Tea, coffee, mulled wine anyone”.
 

The village school was also represented.
 

A Very festive selection of Christmas products.
 

I loved these unusual and creative meditating cats.
 

Who could resist a bit of bling from this collection.
 

Le grotte du père Noël

There was not only the Marche de Noel held in the village last weekend but being the start of the Perigord truffle season the first weekly black truffle market was held in the village school playground, which Paul and I will be visiting next Sunday to purchase our Christmas truffles.

 
 

Club De L’Amitie Daglanaise.

An excellent first meal of the year was provided after the Club AGM yesterday, created by Chef Fabrice of La Cantine which is situated in Daglan village.

Of course it is not only the food which draws people, club business, projects, election of new committee members and it is a brilliant chance for a catch up with friends and a great opportunity to meet new people.


 

Excellent service, company, food and wine.
 

Bon Appetit.
 

My main course was a delicious vegetarian option. I must try and get the recipe from Fabrice.
 

The Three Musketeers.
 

Congratulations Elaine for your appointment to the Committee.
 

Presentation of flowers or a bottle of wine for Birthday celebrations.
 

Big hugs.
 

Gorgeous smiles. Look forward to our next meal together.
 
 

Event:-La Chandeleur will be celebrated on the 2nd February. It originates from an ancient Latin and Pagan festival. Later becoming the Christian celebration of Candlemas, bringing hope and warmth in the midst of Winter.

Traditionally in France It is when people make delicious crêpes for everyone to enjoy. You should hold a gold coin in one hand while flipping the crêpe in the pan with the other. If you succeed in flipping the crêpe, you will have a prosperous and fortunate year ahead.
 
 

Noël, Noël, Noël.

Welcome to Daglan Noël. Everything is ready, Santa is in his tree; lights are hanging from every vantage point; and we have decorations at the Supermarket and the Boulangerie. Not forgetting the highlight of the festive decorations, the Tree in le Place de la Liberté, it twinkles all night long, gorgeous.

Welcoming Santa at the 8 à Huit Supermarket.
 

A Splendid St Nicolas sits at the check out counter. Do not forget to put a few cents (or euros) into the charity tin in front of him.
 

Santa, sledge and reindeer parked in the branches of the tree. He really needs to park more carefully, this happens every year!
 

The street decorations that straddle the road were being hung carefully into place.
 

“A little more to the left please”.
 

It takes a lot of people and skill to erect the tree, it needs to be perfect.
 

The result of the hard work are worth it.
Decorated and with lights, looking superb, well done.
 

Our Mairie, decorated for the Noël period. Not sure if you can see but there are some of Santa’s elves on the door, wall and windows.

 
 

Events. Daglan winter truffle market, begins this Sunday at 11 and every Sunday until the end of February.
 
 

Next Blog:-Sarlat Marché De Noel, with, I am sure, hot mulled wine etc.
 
 

Preserved Tomatoes.

A couple of weeks ago we were given tomatoes by two of our friends who grow their own fruit and vegetables. Tomatoes straight from the vine smell and taste so good. So for a Winter treat I thought that I would try preserve tomatoes. Having never preserved tomatoes before I was a little apprehensive, but I can honestly say that it was quick, easy, no problem at all. So if you grow you own tomatoes or get then fresh from a farmers market buy 2kg and try it out. The taste is fabulous, much better than tinned tomatoes.

Makes 6 Jars

Time: 45 minutes, plus sterilising and cooling.

You will need:- 6 clean glass jars with lids and about 2kg of ripe tomatoes. Plus a little drizzle of olive oil.

1. Wash the tomatoes, then remove the stalks. Depending on the size of the jars, either halve or quarter the tomatoes.

2. Then start to fill the jars, intermittently adding a leaf of fresh basil. Pressing the tomatoes down with the back of a wooden spoon so that they are tightly packed.

The bulk of the preserved tomatoes were made using the above method but I also made a few the jars with slices of fresh chilli for Paul.

3. Now, make extra sure that the jars are full and packed tightly so that there are no air gaps, add a drizzle of olive oil on top. Then seal each jar tightly.

4. Submerge each jar in a large pan of gently boiling water. Then boil for about thirty minutes. To slightly cook the tomatoes and sterilise the jars.

5. Turn the heat off and leave to cool overnight in the pan of water.

These should keep for about three or four months in a cool, dark place. Once opened, keep them in the fridge and use within a week.

Trust me once you have tasted the tomatoes, they will not last for very long.

The taste of Summer for the Winter months, if you can store them that long.

They can be used in sauces, stew, casserole, chilli, pasta dishes etc.
 
 

Events:-

Organ Concert in Sarlat on the 1st September at 11am.

Flea Market in Vitrac 16th September.

15th and 16th September at Castlenaud, Tournament of Medieval Fencing.
 
 

Our First Snow Upon A Crisp Morn.

Snowflakes are one of Natures most fragile things,
but look at what they can do when they stick together.

I get far too excited when I see snow fluttering down from the sky. A remembered childhood vision of deep snow crunching underfoot, building snow men and throwing snow balls always springs to mind, the joys of snow.

Not how dangerous it can be underfoot when it is frozen or driving in a vehicle so let us stay with the positive side of our first and I hope, not our last snow this winter.

Sarlat looking gorgeous with a dusting of snow.
 

Minus three centigrade yesterday when this picture was taken.

Minus six this morning.
 

Looking down the hill towards the Restaurant de Rapier and and the Cathedral.
 

Also there was a light sprinkling of icing sugar on the roof tops in Daglan on an extremely cold morning.

More snow pictures to follow, I hope.

Take care and stay warm.