Thursday, 22 July 2010

Jancis Robinson's Gastronomic Weekend

We mentioned in Les Soeurs Anglaises' latest newsletter that, for those interested in good food and drink, we would copy a list of the menus and wine that were served last weekend at the Gastronomic Extravaganza we held with Jancis Robinson, and her restaurant critic husband, Nick Lander, here last weekend (see To quote Jancis, "Last weekend Nick and I had the pleasure of sharing a weekend of very senior wines in the Dordogne in aid of the Cambodian Children's Fund, courtesy of our hosts Mike and Katie Armitage and the generous winning bidder, Purple pager François Feuillat ... and his partner Jean Paul . We were all looked after superbly."

So here goes (and be prepared to eat your heart out connoisseurs):

Salt-baked Fresh Salmon
Champange Vilmart, cuvee Creation 1995
Pol Roger, Brut 1990
Bollinger RD 1988
Lanson Brut Magnum 1976
Chanoine, Cuvée Marie Leczinska 1964 Champagne

Tomato Salad
New Potatoes

Fresh Strawberries
Ch Tirecul la Graviere 1999
Ch Tirecul cuvee Madame 1998

Papillote de Merlu, Aioli et Tapenade Noir
Meursault les Charrons 2001
Michel Bouzereau
Corton Charlemagne 1995

Canette Roti
Sauce Abricots
Pommes de Terre Nouvelles a la Menthe
Corton Clos de la Vigne au Saint 1964
Louis Latour
Romanee St Vivant 1964
Haricots Verts
Dom. Marey Monge
Bonnes Mares 1959
FB Hasenklever

Plateau de Quatre Fromages de Chevre
Grands Echezeaux 1959
LB Corney & Barrow

Tarte au Citron
Vin de Constance 1991


Toasts with Stilton, Smoked Salmon and Foie Gras

Maximin Grunhauser

Abstberg Riesling Auslese 1990 von Schubert

Clos St Hune Riesling 1989 VT Trimbach
Clos Jebsal TPG VT 1989 Zind Humbrecht

Slow Roasted Lamb
Celeriac & Potato Mash
Smoked Aubergines
Ch Lafite , 1ere cru,1973 (Magnum)
Ch Giscours, 3eme cru, 1970 Margaux
Ch Ducru Beaucaillou, 2eme cru, 1966 LB

Selection of Cheese with green salad
Ch La Clotte 1949 St Emilion
Ch Ducru Beaucaillou, 2eme cru, 1920

Apple Tart & Peach Tart
Massandra Black Muscat 1932

"THANK YOU BOTH...So much for looking after Nick, myself, in fact all of us so superbly over the weekend. Not only were the food and wines delicious, we really enjoyed everything we SAW. Thoroughly appreciated every detail, inc. bedlinen, pictures, garden,etc etc. We were so delighted to play a tiny part in helping the Cambodian Children's Fund."

Jancis Robinson

Tuesday, 20 July 2010

Roger McGough and Julie Arkell

I cannot believe it had been almost two months since my last blog; tempus fugit! We have had such a mad, mad time at Les Soeurs Anglaises but it has been a joy meeting new (and old) faces and sharing our amazing new studio space and accommodation.

Roger McGough's three day workshop in June was a first for us and a delight. The days were divided between group sessions and one-to-one tutorials and everyone went away with a copy of a compilation of poems written over the workshop and sporting an introduction by McGough himself. He has promised to return next year for a longer stint and we are looking forward to it enormously!

Julie Arkell arrived at the end of June for her five days of Stitching, Knitting and Collecting, followed shortly thereafter by thirteen participants, some from as far away as Australia and the United States. Despite the jet-lag, everyone threw themselves into the extraordinary jumble that is Julie's creativity, ready to be inspired by her sense of colour, design and adventure. This was particularly evident on the evening of the Fourth of July when we put on our glad-rags and headed out for the evening.

Julie appeared in a concoction that was a cross between Paul Revere and a sans coulotte impressing both the Americans and the local French in one fell swoop.

As for our beloved new l'Espace, some of the more sociable participants had plumped for the new dormitory space above the workshop which overlooks the magnificent studio:
This space obviously doesn't suit everyone, but is a cheaper option that allows you nevertheless to benefit from all the other little luxuries at Les Soeurs Anglaises. In future we will be posting photographs of the various accommodation so that everyone understands, well in advance, the limitations and advantages of this unique shared sleeping area.

Meanwhile, tout la monde had an opportunity to relax each afternoon by the pool, enjoy the fresh food, fine wine and good weather whilst making and renewing friendships - more requests for recipes mean that a cookbook will be a probable project this winter for some of us.