Artistic Rabbit!

Yesterday was our Le Club de I’Amitie Daglanise (Friendship Club) Annual General Meeting which was followed by a delicious meal prepared by Fabrice Le Chef.

Enjoying an aperitif before our meal.

Lovely photograph of Jan and Loren.

The service was excellent.

The first course was potage de saison, I was so engrossed in conversation that I forgot to take a photo.

Caviar d’aubergines, houmous, olives, salad de jeunes pousses et chiffonnade de jambon de pays. The vegetarian option was the same but without the jambon. With lots of Rose Red or White wine.

My vegetarian main meal risotto with salad.

The meat main meal was, tourtiere forestiere de sanglier et ses petits legumes. Paul assures me it was delicious.

Followed by fromage with salad.

Roy showing his artistic rabbit created from the dessert, moelleux aux dattes. I think that I need to enter him for next years Sarlat Chocolate Festival.

Last was coffee, delicious.

It was great catching up and enjoying a meal together we had a great time.

The next club meal will be on the first Sunday in May, a traditional English Meal. Looking forward to helping to organise the menu, meal etc.

Event:- 18th March – Daglan Spring Festival.



Master Crêpe Maker

A special treat awaited customers to the 8 a Huit Supermarket in Daglan this morning. Showing her culinary skills was chef extraordinaire Virginie, her expertise in the art of crêpe making is excellent. With a flick of the wrist the crêpe was turned over, jam or Nutella spread in the centre, the crêpe was folded into a triangle and voilà, a delicacy ready to eat.


Here is my very yummy Nutella crêpe.

Très bon Virginie,un vrai régal, merci beaucoup.

Next blog – Our visit to Lascaux IV.

Everything Truffle.

I wish that I could have a fragrance blog and then you would be able to experience the gorgeous aroma of the Truffle Festival as we walked from stall to stall in Sarlat last weekend. For anyone who has not had the experience it is a heady, earthy, dusty strong smell that permeates your scenes and it is so delicious.

Truffle sellers proudly sell their wears to the buyers. You not only buy a truffle but you get their history too.

From €800 to €950 per kilo depending on quality the truffles were selling at anything from ten to five hundred euros each.

There were stalls selling a wide variety of foods and snacks made with truffle such as pate, sausages, gourmand cakes, chocolate, macarons, desserts, cheeses, wine and oil. They also had related items such as books on how to find truffles or you could even buy your own oak tree.

I can not describe how delicious truffle macarons are, just amazing will have to do. Plus we have a truffle which is slightly bigger than last year, it is dessert spoon size. It is at this moment sitting in a dish of eggs in our pantry so that the taste permeates the egg shells for a delicious omelette which may be served with thinly sliced truffle on top. The truffle will then be placed into a jar of rice for a few days for truffle flavoured risotto or paella. Then the truffle will be cooked with a chicken at the weekend, or sliced on top of tagliatelle in a cream sauce. Superb.

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.