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Le bistrot clandestin, a little soiree

Le Bistrot Clandestin, a little soiree...

Over a year ago, Le Bistrot Clandestin was launched, what started as a seed of an idea has now become a very popular affair. Most events have been about the food of Reunion Island but back in December, as we were getting close to the start of the festive season, I decided to give it a twist by having a true French soirée instead.

Here is a little account of what happened that night.

Le Bistrot is not your standard pop-up or supper club, it’s a culinary experience that takes place in my house, in the village of Cottenham to be precise.

It’s a very cosy and welcoming affair for any adventurous foodie out there. The table was set in true French style, with my mum’s beautiful napkins and some holly and rose buds as decorations.

On arrival, guests were welcomed to a complementary glass of “mousseux” (bubbly), served with two beautiful canapes. This time, it was a little croustade with avocado, roquefort and roasted tomatoe and a bruschetta of tapenade and roasted peppers.

As a starter, I prepared one of my favourite, a terrine de gibiers (game terrine) served with my home made cranberry chutney and a chunky piece of sourdough.

The pièce de résistance was a Boeuf Bourguigon served with pommes de terre dauphinoises and a watercress salad.



Dessert was a comforting and delicious tarte tatin served with a vanilla and litchi rum chantilly.

To finish off, guests were served a café gourmand (coffee or tea with a little sweet treat) with home made chocolates, one filled with my mint from the garden and another with a passion fruit ganache.

It was such a delicious way to kick off the festive season.

I will soon be annoucing another Bistrot, if you are interested to attend, send me an email and I will add you to my email list.

These events are an excellent way to celebrate local producers. Here is a list of the ones I used in December.

Longhorn farmshop

Not just baguettes

Leech and Sons at Burwash Larder

Les Ward


Behind the scene: macarons masterclass

Behind the scene: macarons masterclass

It’s been a couple of months now since I launched Gourmandises Académie. I thought it might be a good idea to give you a little bit of behind the scene of one of our classes.

It can be tricky to bake macarons. So many of you often think that making them is too complicated and  out of reach .

The Académie is about busting all these myths. If I can do it you can too. That’s exactly what one of our guests did.

Shirly is a real foodie. She particular enjoys the sweet stuff. She wanted to learn how to make macarons but couldn’t find the right course.

The Académie is not about who’s the best at baking or cooking, it’s about sharing a passion in a relaxed atmosphere and that’s what Shirly was looking for.

I don’t think she was completely convinced that she would be able to make her own macarons though.

I just showed her all the key steps from making a meringue, macaronnage , drying and cooking them to perfection.



She then learned how to make her own fillings.

And went back with a box of her own creations. Shirly was a delight to work with, she arrived at the Académie with very low expectations and went back with her heart content.

If you’d like to learn how to make your own macarons we are running another workshop on 19th January 2019, also a perfect Christmas present, book your place here.