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It has become somewhat traditional starter at La Croix du Reh: Asparagus and Cherry tomatoes Clafoutis!

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Steak, new potatoes and stuffed mushrooms, washed down with a bottle of a DELICIOUS Bergerac 1998 from the personal reserve. Yummy!

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What do you mean ” what’s up”? It’s C H R I S T M A S!

Merry Christmas!

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It’s been an adventurous week.

Masses and masses of yummy mushrooms just appeared in our park.

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And they keep coming and poping out in different corners of our wonderful garden-park.

Hello! Armillaria mellea! Nice to meet you. This is one of the favourite mushrooms in Russia and we call them OPYATA. The common name in English is Honey fungus.

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And of course I’ve been busy in my kitchen cleaning them ( each one with a little soft brush) and then cooking some and eating them straight away,

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but the rest pickling.

:O  Yes , yes, pickling! In russia it’s very traditional method to preserve not just fruits and vegetables, but mushrooms as well.

There are different ways to preserve mushrooms: drying, freezing, canning in brine or oil, pickling, canning marinated mushrooms etc…

Some methods are for short time preserving, the others allow to enjoy mushrooms months later. And the different mushrooms love different methods of preserving.

My opyata are definately going to be hot pickled .

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They will be ready to eat in a couple of months.

TO BE CONTINUED…

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Pan roasted Espadon ( Swordfish) steak with garlic and lemon butter sauce.

Delicious!

PS This was my first experience of Swordfish. I did not know what to expect, as the steaks looked almost like tuna steaks only different colour.  So I thought that taste and texture would be similar. Not at all!

Succulent, tender, flaky , juicy…  From this moment  Espadon is going on my list of favourites!

Highly recommend!

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What’s for dinner at La Croix du Reh?

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Limousin beef with ceps and warm new potato salad with fresh herbs

Bon appetit!

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Just a small savoury buffet: tomato and  cream cheese cocktail, stuffed tomatoes, smoked salmon and cherry tomatoes muffins, feta muffins, “Toad in the hole” simplified 🙂

Bon appetit!

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Magret de canard ( duck breast) has never failed to please our guests.

Bon appetit!

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Last breakfast before our bikers hit the road. It was a pleasure to have them for couple of nights.

Bonne route!

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There is no end to Nature’s generosity, when you take care of it.

These CEPS ( Porcini mushrooms) are this morning’s present from our own park!

GOOD MORNING!

 Il n’y a pas fin à la générosité de la nature, quand vous prendre soin d’elle.
Ces CEPS (champignons porcini) sont le cadeau de ce matin  de notre parc!
BONJOUR!

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