Saturday, 23 May 2009
Wednesday, 13 May 2009
Monday, 11 May 2009
Sunday, 10 May 2009
After all this being at one with the elements, I am steeling myself for a dip in the pool - if the frogs can stand the cold, then so can I. And, as it's my day off, I shall then go and warm up with a glass of Gaillac wine in a local bar, watching the sun go down and listening to the sound of crickets and amorous frogs...
Saturday, 2 May 2009
All in all, it’s not a bad life, really… The sun’s out, the guests are happy (they gave up worrying about their waistlines a couple of days ago- it’s best just to go with it, really) and the food’s working out nicely. Orlando and I did our weekly cookery demonstration this morning - we showed them how to make confit of guinea fowl leg (tonight's main course with saffron risotto), introduced them to tonka beans, got geeky about a few handy kitchen gadgets, explained the bread-making process with mashes and sourdough starters - and let them try their hand at sugar-spinning (thus turning our kitchen into the inside of a candy-floss bowl).
I then returned to the pool for more scrubbing. And fell in. Classy. Peter and Orlando thought this was brilliant and have asked for a repeat performance - but when they and the guests are there to watch me. And probably half of Raynaudes…
Despite my afternoon soaking, Orlando put me in charge
of dinner tonight. The menu was:
Canapés: asparagus, black olive and tomato cake; fried quail’s eggs with cured ham on toast; Bloody Mary cherry tomatoes
Starter: pork, duck and prune terrine with mâche and watercress salad and watermelon marmelade
Main course: confit of guinea fowl leg with saffron risotto
Cheese, seeded crackers and quince paste
Pudding: tonka crème brûlée with walnut powder puff biscuit
And…? The kitchen’s still in one piece, the food looked and tasted how it was meant to and the guests all loved it - in fact, they’re currently working their way through the house’s homemade liquors. Breakfast should be amusing tomorrow…