cooking in the cuisine
5 nights/ 6 days
If you love food, cooking, French culture, getting creative, good company, and a little R&R then this culinary workshop is for you! We will spend six days tickling our tastebuds, channeling our creativity, both in and outside of the kitchen, and learning about the delectable local gastronomy by international and local chefs from Kitchen Culinaire.
Sometime ago, we were given original Château recipes and so, it will also be a historical and heartfelt experience to reproduce some of these during this time together ( I tried to make little chocolate cakes from the 18th Century recipe and realised how hard it must have been back then to find chocolate and sugar. Not to mention a pair of silk stockings needed to sieve the ingredients)!
We anticipate the company of 14, sharing time together in all of the Château's upstairs, downstairs and medieval kitchen's.
Saturday | Arrive and Welcome
Let's meet at the Capitole Square in Toulouse at 10am. Then we will walk together to the Victor Hugo market, and afterwards the flea market nearby and the little corner store of the famous cheesemaker Xavier's
Get to know each other over lunch a french bistro in Toulouse
Travel to the Château
Welcome aperitif and introductions in the Château kitchen, the "heart of the home"
Dinner at the Château prepared by local chefs
Sunday | Getting to know the Château and local area
Sunday morning market
Historical tour of the Château and its parc
Hands-on lunch cooking class enjoyed as an al fresco picnic in the parc
A leisurely afternoon stroll through Les Cabannes. Alternatively, you can play some tennis, lay by the pool swim, or take a nap
Hands-on hors d'oeuvres cooking class, and guidance on wine pairing
Lounge chair dinner on the front terrace
Monday | All things French!
Visit to Château de la Tour, a 13th century château in a ruined fortified village
Search for treasures at the local brocantes
Traditional French lunch at Daniel's local bistro
Spend the afternoon swimming, napping or reading
Late afternoon informal wine tasting
Hands-on vegetarian cooking class and an al fresco dinner at the Château
Tuesday | Let's get cooking!
Foraging for nettles to make a pie, plums for jam, and flowers and branches for decorating the table
A demonstration cooking class led by Marianne on how to make nettle pie followed by lunch at the Château
Open kitchen discussion about culinary traditions and the original 19th century Château cookbook
A demonstration cooking class led by local french friends from the village, Marie Andreé and Monique, on how to make trout with almond cream, boiled potatoes from the Chateau garden, green salad vinaigrette and apple croustade (Yum!). Monique and her grandmother were the cooks for the family who lived at the Château in the 1940s
Wednesday | Gratitude and Champagne
Morning light at the Château
Breakfast cooking class and informal food photography lesson
A trip to the local bakery for a baguette making tutorial, followed by shopping for our evening cooking event, the Gratitude Dinner
Lunch at Daniels
Prepare the Gratitude Dinner
Champagne on the front steps of the Château followed by a candlelit Gratitude Dinner in the 18th Century Salon de Musique with live harp music
Thursday | Au Revoir Mes Amis
Drive to Toulouse and goodbyes