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Cooking courses and food tours in SW France

Winter is most certainly upon us, with frosty mornings and log fires. It is just the time of year when I begin to crave comfort food. This rich beef stew flavoured with cinnamon and chocolate was inspired by a classic Catalan dish Estofado de Ternera a la Catalana. A little dark chocolate is added to the stew …

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Introducing a brand new collaboration between Come Cook In France’s food styling and photography workshops and Les Soeurs Anglaises a boutique workshop and accommodation venue in the beautiful Dordogne department in SW France. Learn the secrets of how to choose, assemble and cook beautiful and memorable food images with myself and husband, food and lifestyle photographer Ian …

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The best of the summer is over and I am now starting to look to the more hardy of vegetables in the garden. Beetroot has long been one of my favourite veggies, not only for it’s deep earthy flavour, but also it’s rich maroon colour. You can use pre-cooked beetroot in natural juices for a …

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Sesame and soy duck fillets and green papaya salad Serves: 4 Green papaya is a used extensively in Thai and South East Asian cooking where it is traditionally served as a refreshing salad. The slightly tart quality of the fruit absorbs the sweet salty dressing perfectly, a perfect foil to the richly flavoued duck. 4 …

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Chocolate marbled meringues with summer berries and white chocolate sauce Serves: 6 These gooey, marshmallow-like meringues look and taste amazing, topped with a scoop of ice cream and a tumble of summer fruits all drizzled with a white chocolate sauce. 4 eggs whites 250 g caster sugar 2 tsp organic cocoa powder 350 g mixed …

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    Barbecued chicken with sumac, pomegranate molasses and mograbiah Here I use a whole chicken, butterflied, so it cooks evenly on the barbecue. Alternatively use chicken thigh joints and cook for 10-12 minutes each side. Serves 4 1.75 kg free-range organic chicken 4 tbs extra virgin olive oil, plus extra to drizzle 1 tbs …

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July is crazy month here in France and to accommodate all your culinary aspirations we are offering a whole host of fabulous day courses at Come Cook In France. July 11 Cook & Dine Join me for an afternoon of hands on cooking. We will prepare a wonderful 3 course dinner to be enjoyed together […]