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The home of chevre had it's annual festival this weekend with many stalls and displays of goats cheeses. The day was fine and the town was jumping with happy people buying sausage, cheese, trinkets and wines. While tasting wines we met a young American couple who are working and learning about chevre manufacture with a plan to start ...
... V, bakery items, as well as knick knacks, clothing, shoes, handbags and leather goods. You name it, was probably there! Good fun trying to buy stuff not speaking French!
We had a lovely nature walk around Airvault.
We have had lovely spring weather while here and feeling very relaxed! ...
... soggy forests, past some more lakes on to Airvault. We found a campsite in the book which promised large pitches, clean facilities, a restaurant and a swimming pool! However on arrival we discovered that the English couple had taken over 3 days previously, so no chef and swimming pool still covered, but the rest was up and running well. We sorted ourselves out and had some lunch and a doze, then the rain ...
To quote The Simpsons: Best. Day. Ever!
Today we tackled 4 of the biggest M's in pastry:
- Madelines and
Desserts often require the production of multiple individual components that are brought together into a delicious creation at the end of the process. That statement ...
... creme brulee, vanilla amarula ice cream and the smoothest sorbet that I have ever tasted.
We created and sampled contrasting breads: soft dinner rolls (melt in your mouth) and fougasse (a great dipping bread). It was a great experience being able to directly compare (taste) different types of recipes to see how each could best be used.