Last weekend we decamped to Saint Antonin Noble Val where we spent Saturday and Sunday catering for all 50 members of a choir. It was hard work, but lots of fun and we even got a song as a thank you! We had a limited budget to work with, but used our creativity to come up with a great menu. Here’s what it looked like:
Dinner: Roquefort, pear and walnut salad. Adobo pork and wine stew with mashed potato. Kiwi and blackcurrant pavlova.
Breakfast: Toast with butter and a selection of homemade jams. Yoghurt and fruit.
Lunch: Spiced carrot and lentil soup. Spaghetti with smoked salmon, white wine and parsley sauce. Green Salad. Chocolate brownies and creme anglaise.
One of the delights was seeing how much of our own produce we could add to the meal. With our eggs we made the meringues for the pavlova, and the yolks were used in the creme anglaise. All the jams were made with our own fruit, as was the blackcurrant coulis for the pavlova. The walnuts in the salad were from our tree and we made soup with our carrots and our tomatoes went into the stew.
Our friend Lucy came for a visit and brought one of her homemade jams as a present for us. When Francesca, our fantastic wwoofer tried it, she liked it so much she decided to make some of her own. We found the recipe on Lucy’s website. And thanks to Francesca we now have 10 jars of the stuff…although it tastes so good it might not last very long!
Recipe for kiwi marmalade:
2kg kiwis, peeled and chopped
4 large oranges
2 large lemons
1. In a large jam pan sprinkle sugar over kiwis and the chopped zest of the oranges and lemons. (Save the juice.) Leave overnight.
2. Bring to a rapid boil and add the lemon and orange juice.
3. Boil to setting point and put in jars.
Yes Oui Can came to Os Figueiros in June 2014. They brought a group of young people from all over France for an innovative week of work, classes and activities designed to encourage and support the young entrepreneurs. They just sent us the video they made of their time here and we wanted to share it with you.
Last week we had a film showing of the Serbian Film “La Parade”. All about the first Gay Pride parades in Serbia. It was both funny and sad and we enjoyed it greatly (much more than expected in fact!) and afterwards all 20 of the viewers had a delicious, 5 course, sit down meal together that lasted til the early hours.