We were lucky enough to be at the inaugural dinner club where we did indeed meet some local people who live in our village. For us it was also a great opportunity to practice our french! Peter and Sasha have lived in the region for several years and are very knowledgeable about local cultures, traditions, ideas of things to see and do, this again makes interesting dinner conversation and if one is new to the area, is a great introduction into village life.
|Pimms with home made ginger ale|
In France there has long been a tradition of Table d’hôte which literally translated means the hosts table. This means shared dining around the hosts table and is normally one menu, one sitting. Popular in chambres d’hôtes (Bed and Breakfasts) where dinner is eaten with the family. There are many villages practising Table d’hôte today where a family will once a week or month open up their home and serve dinner at a fixed price.
The Cernex Dinner club is choosing a slightly different angle, whereby an honesty box is passed at the end of the evening and you pay what you would like to for your dinner. Sasha the host prides herself on using seasonal and local ingredients from the local farmers markets.
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|*Chickpea Pasta with Aubergine Caponata, Cheese and Mint.
In Italian “Sagna penta” di Farina di Ceci con
Caponata di Melanzane, Cacio e Menta
|*Roast Pork with onions, crackling and stuffing –
amazing local pork from Ferme de Follon
|*Broad Bean and Cacioricotta Salad with Mint|
|the proof was in the eating…|
|local cheeses and an invited Italian guest|
|served with homemade crème fraiche rhubarb ice cream|
*recipe credit to: An Appetite for Puglia
all photos are copyright ©Caro Blackwell