5 Day cookery course – “Entertaining made easy” Meat and fish

On this cookery course we will teach how easy entertaining and dinner parties can be. If you love to have people round for dinner, enjoy cooking for friends or simply want to be able to do it better and add some lovely dishes to your repetoire, then our 5 day “Entertaining made easy” course is perfect for you. We will teach how easy hosting dinner parties can be. Tricks of the trade, forward preparation, timing, portion size & spending more time with your guests. Not only will we teach you french and modern classics but we will show you an Italian inspired meal as well.


Example itinerary beginners Cookery course

 DAY 1 Friday/Saturday We will pick you up at Bergerac Airport and take the picturesc 30minute drive to our house “Les Caulins”. A quick tour of our house, relax, kick off your shoes, have a drink & settle in. We will meet at 7pm for aperitifs, canapés and a 4 course dinner with local wines.

Example dinner menu

Canapés & local pink fizz

Salmon “Cappuccino”

Smoked chicken, leek & pistachio terrine, onion marmalade

Monkfish, king prawn, mussel and clam “Marmite”

local cheese

Classic lemon tart

Of course local wine

DAY 2 Help yourself to; continental breakfast/ warm croissants, toasted mais bread, house Jam, tea, coffee Juice, etc….

A visit to Issigeac on of Frances prettiest markets to get some wonderful fresh ingredients and have a stroll around and a coffee in one of the cafés. back to the house for lunch and ready for some cooking in the afternoon.

Lemon tart & Garrique strawberries

Afternoon Preparation Quick Knife skills just to check you’re not going to injure yourselves. Onions, Diced Carrot, Tomato Concasse, Mushrooms, Bacon Lardons, Celery, Chicken Stock and creating an easy meal for another day. red wine poached pears, dinner party canapés            

Late Lazy French lunch Sunday Lunch / Dinner French Sunday lunches are celebrated for the way people take their time to enjoy multiple courses of food accompanied by good wine and good conversation. We start with aperitifs and canapés, Oyster if you all like them followed by whatever is in season. Cheese follows and a typically Ice Cream.

Cocktails & canapés

Oyster from the market hot & cold:-
Mignonette, Rockerfeller, Casino, Chinoise, Basquaise

Woodoven roasted crispy pork, hispi & smoked lardons, Sarladise potatoes

Local cheese and fig marmalade

Mulled wine poached pears

Local wine

 DAY 3

A visit to Duras and our local market A lunch of award winning Goats Cheese that has been made just 2km from the house by the wonderful shepherdess Stephanie.

Afternoon Preparation for dinner may include; red wine poached eggs, preparing sole, potato cake, frasier, confied duck, restauranty “sausages”,

Local fizz & canapés

Eggs “meurette”

Stuffed salmon tornedos, sauce vierge,
goats cheese potato cakes, sun dried tomato salsa

Local cheese and fig marmalade


Local wine

DAY 4 Tuesday Help yourself to; continental breakfast/ warm croissants, toasted mais bread, house Jam, tea, coffee Juice, etc….

Morning Preparation salmon tian, amazing mushroom sauce, sauce, fine apple tart, osso bucco

The afternoon is yours and we can visit one of Frances best chocolate produces at the Chocolate Shop /factory in Duras

Cocktails & canapés

Salmon & crab tian

Confit duck, duck sausage, foie gras, Roast plums, wilted greens, Lyonaisse

Local cheese and fig marmalade

Apple tart “fin” tonka bean ice cream

maybe some wine

 DAY 5 Help yourself to; Continental breakfast/ Croissants, house Jam, Tea, Coffee Juice, etc…. Morning preparation pasta and agnlotti, frasier, polenta

After lunch a visit to a local winery


Cocktails & canapés

Truffle agnolotti

Osso buco, mascapone polenta,
pancetta & onion ragout,
wilted cavalo nero

Local cheese and fig marmalade


Local wine

 Day 6 Help yourself to; Continental breakfast/ Croissants, house Jam, Tea, Coffee Juice, etc…. Feedback about course and information on further more advanced courses. Relax and pack and any questions. Sad goodbyes and depart for airport.  


What’s included?

5 nights’ accommodation in a room with super king size bed, Egyptian cotton bed linen, flat screen TV English channels, en-suite bathroom with walk in showers;

All meals breakfast, nibbles, lunch & dinner.

All aperitifs & wine with meals. Coffee, tea, biscuits and cakes

All ingredients for the cookery course 2/3 days cookery classes

Bergerac airport pick up

The price per room based on 2 people sharing is £1625.00

Single occupancy £1095.00

3-6 persons on each course

What’s not included?

Flights are not included. We are 35 minutes from Bergerac airport & 80-100 minutes from Bordeaux.

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