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Cooking courses and food tours in SW France

Well after an initial burst of warm spring weather, it is yet again cool and wet, so in order to give myself a little taste of summer, I came across this lovely summer entertaining feature my husband, photographer Ian Wallace and I shot last summer for Food & Travel magazine in the UK. As you …

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A dinner inspired by spring, the weather, Scandinavian design, great quality ingredients and sharing ideas and recipes with great friend, food writer Mary Cadogan. This spring is cold and wet and reminds me very much of the year we arrived in France from Sydney in 2013. We landed in May expecting balmy days and cool …

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Pork with spring greens A lovely combination of tender pork fillet and mixed spring greens in a light buttery stock. Delicious with or without crème fraiche. Serves: 4 4 large slices Parma ham 2 x 350g pork tenderloin fillet 50g butter 2 shallots, finely chopped 1 garlic clove, crushed 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme 1 …

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Mushroom spelt risotto with melted camembert Spelt is one of the world’s oldest wheat grain varieties. It is great as an alternative to rice in a risotto as it retains a wonderfully crunchy texture and unlike rice, you can add the stock all at once and let the risotto simmer away on the stove – …

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Warm salad of roasted vegetables and barley A great time of year to serve this warm salad – still cold enough outside, but it will soon be time to start looking forward to warmer days. Serves: 6 6 large shallots, halved 6 large garlic cloves, left whole 750g carrots, roughly chopped 750g beetroot beetroot, cut …

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Basque chicken with chickpeas and espelette pepper Espelette is a town in South West France close to the Spanish border, an area known as French Basque country. It iss famous for the small red pepper named after the town. The dried and ground chilli has a wonderfully smoky flavour, not dissimilar to smoked paprika, but …

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