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A relaxed friendly hands-on cooking holiday in the Dordogne, France
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Pear and Walnut Salad

Pear and Walnut Salad with Roquette and Roquefort and a Walnut Oil and Grain Mustard Vinaigrette.

One of the interesting food-related places we take our guests to is an old walnut oil mill (one of the oldest working walnut mills in France, no less) to see how they turn the rather unpreposessing walnut into...yes, you guessed it - walnut oil. For our guests the trip is actually an introduction into the art - and it is an art - of constructing salads. Well, you can't create a decent salad without a really good dressing can you? Hence the walnut oil.

Pear and wanut salad has actually been around for quite a while now, so I think it has achieved classic status.

The only thing that needs any preparation to speak of is the dressing, but the pears do need to be ripe and juicy – comice are perfect for this and the Roquefort needs to be fresh and crumbly (if you haven’t got any to hand, a good strong cheese like parmesan, stilton or feta will do very nicely indeed, but completely forget about using that dirty sock-flavoured sawdust sold in pots, laughably labelled ‘Freshly Grated Parmesan’).

If you want to turn this from a starter into a main course just add some strips of dry-cured ham, smoked duck breast, or sauteed chicken livers.

Serves four

Ingredients:

2 ripe juicy comice pears
1 lemon
1 tblsp white wine vinegar
salt
1 tsp grain mustard
6 tblsp walnut oil
freshly ground black pepper
handful roquette
handful of fresh walnut halves, roughly crushed
75g (3oz) good quality fresh Roquefort

Method:

Peel and core the pears, then smear with a little lemon juice to prevent them turning brown.

Put the vinegar and a good pinch of salt in a screw-top jar and shake until the salt has desolved. Add the mustard and walnut oil, then shake again to emulsify – the emulsion will hold for ten minutes or so, but give it another jiggle just before you use it to dress the salad.

Assemble the salad: slice the pears lengthwise into thin segments and place them rustically on four serving plates along with the roquette, then scatter over the bruised walnuts.

Drizzle with the vinaigrette.

Crumble the Roquefort over the salad, then ‘dust’ with a little ground black pepper.

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PRICES
(all prices include VAT at just 5.5%)
How to pay 
Terms and Conditions
All inclusive Five Day/Five Night residential cooking holiday
(per person, based on two people sharing a room):
€845

One, Two, Three & Four-Day multi-day courses
(Per person, per day.  Additional B&B accommodation available on request. Evening meal €17 per day - eat what you cook!):

€130
Non-cooking friend or partner
(Five day/five night - lunch @ €12 & dinner @ €17 per person per day):
€395

B&B accommodation
(1/2/3 Day courses - at venue or local B&B. Per person, per night):

€45
Return rail transfers (Per person. Agreed times only - see below. Email us prior to booking tickets):
€75

Single occupancy supplement (5 day/5 night) for an exclusive en-suite room all to yourself (waived when sharing):

€195
Cooking & Painting holiday
(Five day/Five night residential.  Day courses from €130):
€845

RETURN AIRPORT/RAIL TRANSFERS:
We pick you up in our own seven-seater vehicle each Monday afternoon and drop you off the following Saturday morning. Destinations include Limoges airport, and Brive la Gaillarde and Sarlat train stations (see details of our airport and rail transfers).

If you want a transfer at another time or on another day, please EMAIL US or Tel: 0033 (0)553 302405 in order to discuss the possibilities.

Transfers are conducted on a first come first served basis. Detailed dates and times are to be agreed with us prior to booking your travel arrangements, so please do not book tickets until you've agreed them with us.

ACCOMMODATION:
Accommodation is normally on-site, but, under exceptional circumstances, 1 & 2 day guests may be accommodated at a very pleasant nearby B&B 5km away.

NUMBERS:
The optimum number of participants on a course is six, but sometimes we have fewer than that and have occasionally taken up to ten.

ITINERARY:
The itinerary may be subject to change according to the seasons and local weather and is variable in order to take advantage of regional festivals and holidays.


"Once, during Prohibition, I was forced to live for days on nothing
but food and water." (W.C. Fields)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




       

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5 Day/5 Night Cooking Courses Include:

  • Expert hands-on tuition with British chef

  • All courses conducted in English

  • All cooking ingredients, equipment and aprons

  • A continental breakfast each day

  • Lunch each day

  • Dinner
    (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday)

  • Tea, coffee and wine

  • An evening meal on the day of your arrival

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    Some of the things you'll be doing on the cooking course:

    Learn how to cook pastries, breads and soups

    Select and prepare the best fish and shellfish

    Butcher common joints of meat

    Cook classic French and Italian sauces

    Construct modern dressings

    Master the art of stylish contemporary food presentation