Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Week 23 2017


Coming up next weekend is the Epicurials  in Bordeaux.  Taking Pop-up restaurants to the next level, Michelin rated chefs set up stalls in the open air. It's a festival of food!  Magnificent chefs from the region set up their kitchen restaurants in Allee du Tourney in the centre of Bordeaux.

It’s a great chance to sample menus from celebrated chefs.  It's best to book ahead for dinner, but at lunch time,  wander through the stands and choose a menu that takes your fancy.  here.
Michelin starred chefs create and experiment with their menus at this annual event.  Find out more

Whatever you do this week in the Gironde and Dordogne regions, have a great time... and don't forget, if you hear of any night markets, please let me know.  I still don't know when the Castillon ones are.

Best wishes,

Week 23 2017

Don't forget, if you want to sample delicious dishes closer to home, Le Glass House at Chateau Carbonneau is now open  12h - 21h.

Monday 5 June

Tuesday 6 June

Wednesday 7 June

7 June 16h15 : Departure is showing in VO at the Grandecran in Libourne.
An English mother and teenage son spend a week in the South of France breaking up a summer home that has become one of the casualties of the boy's parents' crumbling marriage. Matters only become more complicated when an enigmatic local boy enters their lives. Starring Juliet Stevensen, Alex Lawther, Phenix Brossard.

7 - 17 June : Art Exhibition by Peter Thomas and Ute Burger in Aubeterre sur Dronne.

Thursday 8 June
8 June 13h45 & 16h15 : Departure is showing in VO at the Grandecran in Libourne.

Friday 9 June
9 June 13h45 & 16h15 : Departure is showing in VO at the Grandecran in Libourne.

9 - 24 June : Les Epicuriales opens at the Place Tourny in Bordeaux today and showcases the best of this region's cuisine in the informal open-air setting.

9 June : Le Club Ephemere at Chateau La Fleur Picon has wines and cheeses this evening with folk music from Nao and Sofia Mustang.

9 - 10 - 11 June Pellegrue festival starts with a Belote tournament and a Comidy show in the evening.  Weekend activities include painting exhibitions, Bandas, pony rides, live music and and a vide grenier on Sunday.  See the full programme below.

Saturday 10 June

10 June : Vide grenier in the school at Castillon

10 June : Gensac relives a day in 1900. Activities all day long including theatre pieces and guided visits in the village.  Marche gourmande at lunch and dinner.

10 June : Vide grenier in Cabara

10 June : Vide grenier in Libourne at the Complexe du Gymnase Kany, 50 Avenue de Verdun

10 June 16h15 : Departure is showing in VO at the Grandecran in Libourne.

10 June : The Secret Curry Club in Dordogne pops-up in Vertieillac.  Reservation necessary.


10 - 20 June : Photo exhibition by Jean Francois Teoule at the Salle du Logis de Malet in St Emilion.

Sunday 11 June

11 June : Brocante Vide Grenier in Civrac sur Dordogne

11 June : Vide Grenier in Donnezac

11 June : Vide Grenier in Blasimon

11 June : Vide grenier in Le Pizou

11 June : Foire a tout in Pellegrue

11 June : Vide grenier in Lugaignac

11 June : Vide grenier in Saint Seurin sur l'Isle

11 June : VTT (cross country bike)  courses in and around Castillon. If they don't appeal, there is a
walking route too. See more here

11 June : The Grande Promenade Gastronmique in Rauzan.  Discover the countryside and enjoy the
local produce on the way!  Walking, eating and drinking...

11 June : Discover the wild orchids with your guide from the Office de Tourisme du Fronnsadais.

11June : 41eme Marathon de la Dordogne. Leaving from Porte Ste Foy at midday the 05 53 24 86 12 / 06 70 74 56 21.
will take to the water heading down stream to either Pessac (14km) or the more ambitious Castillon (27km).  All welcome - canoeist, kayaking, or stand-up paddle board. Contact

11 June 16h15 & 18h15: Departure is showing in VO at the Grandecran in Libourne.

Coming up...

12 June 17h45 : Departure is showing in VO at the Grandecran in Libourne.

13 June 17h45 : Departure is showing in VO at the Grandecran in Libourne.

And finally...

As this week is all about food, here's a delicious recipe for cherries, and served on a cherry plate no less!

These moist muffins are filled with sweet cherries and have a lovely almond scent. 

· 1¾ cups (250 grams/8.8 ounces) all-purpose flour
· 2 teaspoons baking powder
· ¼ teaspoon baking soda
· ¾ cup (150 grams/5.3 ounces) granulated sugar
· ¼ teaspoon salt
· 1 large egg, slightly beaten
· 1 cup yogurt
· ⅓ cup canola oil (or vegetable, safflower)
· ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
· 1 teaspoon almond extract*
· 1½ cups (300 grams/11 ounces) cherries, halved and pitted
· ½ cup slivered or sliced almonds (better if toasted), plus extra (not toasted) to sprinkle on top
1. Preheat oven to 425F/220C. Butter 12 muffin cups or line with liner papers.
2. In a large bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add sugar and mix to combine.
3. In a medium bowl, mix egg with yogurt, oil, vanilla, and almond extract. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and fold with a wooden spoon or rubber spatula just until combined. Do not over mix. The batter should be quite thick and lumpy. Fold in almonds and cherries gently to prevent staining.
4. Divide the mixture between the muffin cups, filling almost fully to the top. Sprinkle with sliced almonds if desired. Bake for 3 minutes, then reduce the oven temperature to 375F/190C. Continue to bake for an additional 12-17 minutes for standard muffins, or an additional 22-27 minutes for jumbo muffins. They are ready when a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean. If they start to brown too much, cover them loosely with aluminum foil. Cool for 10 minutes, then move to a wire rack to cool completely.
5. Muffins are best the same day they are made, but can be kept at room temperature in an airtight container for an additional 1-2 days. Muffins can also be frozen for up to 2 months.
6. *If you don’t have almond extract, you can leave it out and have delicious cherry muffins instead.  Be aware French almond essence is very strong!

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