There are a few places left on this extra cooking workshop in the first week in June (4th-8th) and in the extra autumn workshop at the end of September. The focus is hands-ons cooking of Mediterranean cuisine–with the accent on healthy recipes.
This June weekend will be the sixth I’ve run chez Dominique and Philippe, the warm and welcoming owners who run the beautiful La Terrasse in Lautrec.
We start with tea–well I’m a Brit!–in the garden on Thursday afternoon and finish with a celebratory Sunday lunch.
In between we top and tail, chop and slice, chew the fat and generally hang out together round the large central table of the working kitchen of the gite which Dominique and Philippe designed specifically for cooking courses.
We are blessed to have Simone Sarti (pictured below) with us who keeps everything ship shape and the wheels turning.
Friday morning, we walk to the little market held in the main square of Lautrec and buy the makings for lunch, then go back and prepare it together.
Friday evening we give ourselves a break and dine chez Valerie—a fine cook—in the converted barn where she and her partner, Bernard, have created a delightful table d’hôte.
They have a sociable “Long John Silver” parrot in residence who is in love with Meredith and hangs on her every word.
Saturday morning shop at the open air market in Castres, our nearest town, buying our fresh food for lunch.
Before the final dinner, Phillippe offers his expert take on local French wines in his extraordinary cave deep under the house.
Each attendee–Bravehearts to me!–has their cooking station with a chopping board, cook’s knife and an apron!
It’s a hands on workshop–we are all in it together
The aim is to have fun, make friends and eat well.
The setting for all this is Lautrec—a medieval bastide (hilltop) village in the Tarn, proud of its designation as Un des plus beaux villages de France. It’s famous for its pink garlic–l’ail rose–and hosts a Garlic Festival the first Friday in August every year, attracting 10,000 visitors! On a clear day you can see the Pyrenees from the hilltop.
So far into the melting pot have jumped Bravehearts from the UK, USA, Canada, Ireland, France, Italy, Australia and Majorca.
The pictures tell the story–it’s the people who’ve made it work.
Come be a Braveheart!!