Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Artisan Pottery



The January frosts put paid to the two old urns which sat at the top of the path leading to La Grande Maison. So for no small investment I  invested in a couple of pots from Poterie Terre Figuière  via Jardiland in Perigueux - much easier than the six hour hike to the east Languedoc - and there they sit in pride of place just by the gable end.


They're more classical in design than perhaps I would usually go for, but I think they look perfect finished with a light grey wash which looks great against the stone walls and basque rouge shutters.











Thursday, 19 January 2017

Sarlat Truffle Festival 2017


Every year I cover Sarlat's fabulous Fete de la Truffe and every year it doesn't' disappoint.

It's that time in mid January when France's luxurious symbol of gastronomy brightens up an entire winter weekend as the towns medieval streets are lined with all things truffle and people from allover the country descend to celebrate the 'Black Diamond of the Perigord'.


This season has been a little difficult as the truffle has been harder to come buy courtesy of last summer's drought, though there was little to suggest that this was case judging by the abondance of Les Truffes on show.




As in previous years. various restaurants throughout the region put together different plates and informal bites all incorporating truffles, nothing formal here. For a few euro you can buy a little of something, like truffle tapas, maybe a glass of something too. Try as many different dishes as you want! 





I think this was the biggest foody 'hit' - truffled scrambled eggs.












Of course, if you are going to indulge in one of the worlds most renowned gastronomic treats, then you may as well do so in one of the worlds most beautiful towns.






I picked up a small truffle for twenty euro to take back home to Le Banquet. It was pasta with truffle for me, though a close run thing as a simple truffle omelette is hard to avoid.