10 Jun 2012

Les Chimères, Puylaroque, SW France
A table!
Busy weekend as it's the annual accordion competition in Puylaroque when hundreds of youngsters come to compete for eligibility in the European championships...so, fullhouse with guests at table 2 nights running. Fine EXCEPT as the photo shows, have right index finger in splint thanks to Diamant the labrador tripping me up on the 700 year old stone staircase (former watchtower) ....this slows things down in the chopping and preparing department no end! No souschef aux Chimères, sadly....
BUT despite all odds, 7 of us sat down to the following menu last night:
Asparagus & Hollandaise sauce, homemade of course
Twice-baked goat's cheese souffles with rocket
Greek yogurt marinaded chicken fillets with ginger & fresh coriander (just a touch of chilli, cos the French aren't mad about hot dishes!) accompanied by 2 sorts of recherché spuds (ratte and grenaille)
Summer fruit pavlova & strawberry coulis...um, yes, fait maison
All washed down with red wine from Domaine du Merchien.
On the menu tonight... am taking time out from cooking as a breather to write this...
Roasted Thai scallops with samphire
Piedmont roasted red peppers
Pork & fennel roasted with preserved lemon & coriander, honey sauce
Pannacotta des îles (means it's got rum in it!) with lime sauce
Big THANK YOU Delicious magazine, Good Housekeeping and of course, Delia!
Back to the stove........

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