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A summer time favourite: courgettes souffle

A summer time favourite: courgettes souffle

What a summer! 38.7 º C was the temperature recorded here in Cambridge. My vegetable garden has been enjoying this weather though, especially my courgettes. As usual, I got a bit carried away when I planted them and now have a bit too many of them. As well as giving many away, I've had to find different ways of cooking them. So, here is my summer time favourite: courgettes souffle. Warning, this is a recipe you can't rush or rustle-up in minutes, you need a bit of patience. But if you do give it a go, trust me it is worth the effort.


120 g of cheddar grated

350 ml of milk

4 small courgettes grated (they will cook quicker if you do so)

one table spoon of olive oil

1 small onion finely chopped

2 cloves of garlic finely grated

4 large eggs

60 g of butter,

60 g of plain flour

6 ramekins buttered and floured

Step one: cook the courgettes

In a pan add the olive oil and the onion finely chopped, cook the onions until soft, then add the garlic and stir for a minute or so. Then add your grated courgettes, a bit of salt and pepper and stir, lid on, let them cook on a low heat for 10 to 15 minutes until they are soft.

Step two: make a bechamel sauce

In a pan melt your butter, once melted add the flour and stir constantly for a good minute or so. Off the heat, using a whisk, slowly add your milk and stir until all the milk is incorporated. Then put it back on the heat and stir constantly until your bechamel thickens. Off  the heat add your cheese and your cooked courgettes and stir. Separate the egg yolks, keep the whites. Add the yolks to the mixture and stir.

Step three: the final stage

Pre-heat your oven at 180° C

Whisk your egg whites into stiff peaks. Gently fold your whites into your bechamel, courgettes sauce, one spoonful at a time. It is very important to take time to do this correctly. Once all your whites are incorporated fill your ramekins to the top. Pop them in the oven for 15 to 20 minutes.

Bon appétit!⠀

Corrine x

Hen parties

Hen parties with Gourmandises Academie

Hen parties with Gourmandises Académie

First of all congratulations on your engagement! I’m sure you’re all already planning your memorable day. But have you planned your hen do yet?

If you haven’t here are a few of the activities we organise at the Académie.


Hen parties with Gourmandises Académie

Whether your bride is a a novice baker or a cook extraordinaire, we have activities to please everyone during your hen party.

Mini bake off:

This is a fun and hands on activity. No soggy bottom is allowed here. You will learn how to make the perfect pastry, rustle-up your own mini tarts and go back with a box of your own goodies, so what’s not to like.

Luxury chocolate experience:

This is the ultimate Willy Wonka experience! Loads of chocolate making and tasting involved in this activity. Your party will be whipping-up truffles with gorgeous ganache in no time. The best bit is going back with a box of your own chocolates.

Hen parties with Gourmandises Académie

Eclairs decorating:

That is really a fun one. For those of you looking for something different from the usual cupcake decorating, this one is for you. You will be piping scrumptious chocolate and vanilla creme patissiere. Then comes the fun bit, decorating those beautifully piped eclairs with icing and everything you fancy really. This is where you can let your imagination go wild. Again your guests go back with a box of their own creation.

Afternoon tea à la Marie Antoinette:

I know what you’re thinking, not another afternoon tea with a load of finger sandwiches again. ( by the way, this is not a criticism of finger sandwiches, I love them, but it is rather everyday…). In fact there aren’t any sandwiches nor scones. Picture Afternoon tea like Marie-Antoinette used to have, with a myriad of little patisseries, mini gateaux, entremets, hand made chocolates, a table of delights for your bride to feast on with a glass of Kir Royal. This can be coupled with the activities listed above.



If you’d like to book your hen party with the Académie, send us an email

All the activities can take place either here in Cottenham for a group of 16 hens or we can arrange the activity to take place in Cambridge for bigger groups.

This list is not exhaustive, if you have an idea that’d you like to put together let us know.

A lot of the classes we offer can also be arranged as a group activity for your hen do. Have a look here.

Bon appétit!⠀

Corinne x


Cookery demonstrations at Burwash Manor

Cookery demonstrations at Burwash Manor

As part of Eat Cambridge food and drink festival,  Burwash Manor and the Larder are organising their annual “Spring Feast”. This fringe event is taking place this Sunday 19th May, from 10 am until 4 pm.


As part of the event, I will be running a number of cooking demonstrations, celebrating the wonderful spring produce of Burwash.

I love this time of year when vegetables and fruits start to make their appearance. I have been busy in my own garden, and I’m already harvesting the goodness of spring. So, this Sunday, I intend to showcase a few ingredients, that for me mean spring. So, there will be asparagus, radishes, new potatoes, spring onions, strawberries…I am going to show you some very simple recipes that you can do at home. And you know me, I will surprise you with some recipes you may not have thought of or even tried.

Entry to the event is free, so come along, there will also be plenty to sample.

Burwash has also invited a certain number of traders, amongst them:

  • Chihuahuas mexican street food
  • Cambridge cider and Cambridge Craft beer pop-up bars
  • Coffee in the coolest land Rover ever The Rural Coffee project
  • Dove Cote Bakery Sunday Bun day stall

I hope to see some of you this Sunday

Bon appétit!⠀

Corrine x