A visit to Nantes

Wow what a great city, which needs more exploring, but the one thing I wanted to do was see the mechanical elephant on this quick stop over in Nantes on our road trip across France. However I managed to fit in a few other sights!
So after our 24 hours in Montlucon, we continued on to Nantes. Nantes is a city on the Loire river in the upper Brittany region of France.

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Things to do in Montluçon

Nestled in the heart of central France in the Auvergne region, Montluçon offers a delightful blend of medieval charm, great cuisine and a warm welcome. From exploring the picturesque old town with its timber-framed houses to indulging in local foods and cheeses, this vibrant town has something to offer every visitor. Discover some of the top things to do, see, and eat in Montluçon.

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Kern – A fabulous lunch in Seytroux

This restaurant is the passion and inspiration of Jean Philippe Lemaire an experimental and talented chef who hails from Brittany. As described in his bio on his website:

“Jean-Philippe Lemaire is a perfectionist who constantly questions his work, developing a refined cuisine with clear and honest tastes”

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It’s Mardi Gras…Let’s eat Bugnes!

Les Bugnes are delicate and small twisted ribbon style beignets and are made from a dough very much like a doughnut and coated in a sugar icing. They are also known as Angels Wings and many other names throughout Europe.

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Snow Cooks – A Chalet Host and cooking course in The Alps

So you want to be a chalet host and cook?
Well this is the course for you…
What a fun experience I had this summer attending a Snow Cooks course for a week with Mel in the most gorgeous alpine village of Peisey Nancroix. We stayed in a lovely restored large village house that is over 200 years old, within walking distance of the local amenities.

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A weekend in Beaujolais, Grand Bourgogne

Enjoy a weekend in Beaujolais and find yourself surrounded by rolling hills, grape vines as far as the eye can see, pastel stone houses with pantile roofs all within about one hour and 40 minutes of the Haute Savoie and Geneva. The contrast in the countryside is astounding, considering this is so close to the alpine mountainous region of the Haute Savoie. I had the sense I was delving deeper into the heart of real France, into one of the most important wine regions and one of the main things that France is known for.

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Endive and Potato Gratin

The endive is a very popular vegetable in France, in fact it is the 3rd most consumed vegetable in France;
Endives also known as chicory are a versatile vegetable, great cooked in gratins, braised, sautéed and topped with cheese, make good soups, can be used in stir fries and also tasty raw in salads. They make great decorations to a plate and good canapes as their boat shaped leaves can be filled with pâte or used to dip into cheese and dips…

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What to do with leftover Cheese Fondue?

What is leftover cheese fondue I hear you cry! Well one of my lifelong traits is to over cater, which is exactly what I did recently when making a big pot of cheese fondue for a group of friends. I made my Savoyard cheese fondue using my Taste of Savoie recipe (link)

So I had quite a lot of leftover cheese fondue to work through. You can save your cheese fondue in the fridge quite safely for a few days, best in a sealed container. Do make sure it is cold before refrigerating.

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Five more ways with Reblochon

Here are my latest Reblochon recipes from the Taste of Savoie Kitchen.

From fusion tartiflettes, the cauliflower and Diots one is keto-friendly! Swapping out the potatoes for cauliflower makes this a posh cauliflower cheese really! Then I felt the humble turnip needed some press so I used turnip in place of potato, this is a great alternative. the classic Croziflette uses Crozets pasta from The Savoie region. To a Reblochon tart and little Reblochon pillows for Apero time.

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So you think you know your Olive Oils?

Deep in the beautiful Umbrian countryside, near Todi in Italy, we discovered a hidden treasure. The wonderful olive farm of Passo della Palomba really is a taste of paradise and certainly a taste of some of the best olive oil that Italy has to offer. This delightful 19th century estate has been expertly and lovingly restored by Alessandro and Claudia Gilotti and their sons. The restoration took 4 years using original materials to retain its former glory. Now at Passo Della Palomba you can enjoy a peaceful holiday in this tranquil location.

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