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6 Days Cooking Holiday France

  • French House Party, Domaine St Raymond, 11150 Pexiora, France

French Cooking Course in Carcassonne

Seize this unique opportunity to learn from two master chefs who will guide you through your practical creativity in the kitchen! Using fresh and seasonal ingredients, they will demonstrate and teach you the cookery techniques needed for mastering classic French cuisine - with an added contemporary twist of adventure. This course includes a memorable visit to one of Frances oldest markets (where you will select fresh ingredients for later preparation), as well as an outing visit to the medieval city of Carcassonne.

Highlights

  • 6 French gourmet cuisine cooking classes
  • A unique opportunity to cook with two of Frances finest chefs
  • Exploration of regional delicacies, fine wines and delicious produce
  • Visits to traditional local markets to buy fresh ingredients for later preparation
  • Tour around the stunning medieval city of Carcassonne
  • Transfers to and from Tolouse or Cacassonne airports
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast
  • 5 days with instruction
  • French, English
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French House Partys 200-year-old stone barn is set in a peaceful rural area on the outskirts of the medieval World Heritage site of Carcassonne. The house has been uniquely converted in Art Deco style, with large open living spaces within the house (and a raised dais), making it ideal for performance or team. You will find several terraces, a large private pool with a barbecue area for al fresco dining, an all-weather tennis court, a covered table tennis area and a petanque (boules) pitch. There is also an indoor games room with pool table and a classic 1950s jukebox. Bicycles are available for anyone inclined towards a gentle pedal along the shadowy towpaths of the nearby Canal du Midi. There are 8 individually designed ensuite bedrooms, double, twin or triple-sized. All have air conditioning units, hairdryers and CD players. Towels are provided for both indoor and outdoor use. Two of the bedrooms have balconies, offering superb views of the Pyrenees to the south and the Black Mountains to the north.

Day 1

French House Partys chauffeur will collect you at either Toulouse or Carcassonne airports. A light lunch will be provided on your arrival. Over coffee, you will talk about the weeks plan, followed by some hands-on preparation in the kitchen, making a selection of canaps for the evenings aperitif event.

18:30 Fizz and canaps.

20:00 Four-course dinner with a selection of wines.

Day 2

08:00 Early breakfast. Afterwards, accompanied by one of your French Chefs as advisor, you will be taken by car to a traditional local market to buy fresh ingredients for the days menus.

11:00 Arrive at the hotel and immediately get to work for the first cooking session with one of French House Partys Chefs. Cook something delicious for lunch.

12:45 Lunch at home, enjoying the fruits of your labor.

14:00 Chef begins his demo and you will do some more hands-on cooking. This session will last about three hours, and you will be making the evenings main course as well as dessert.

19:45 Aperitifs on French House Partys terrace.

20:15 Dinner. Main course and pud as prepared by group. Wine is included.

Day 3

08:30 Breakfast. Then get to the kitchen with your Chef for his third (and your fourth) cooking session. You will spend the morning preparing lunch under his tutelage.

13:00 Lunch.

14:00 Vehicle leaves for outing: this option will vary, but includes one of the following: a visit to a cheese-making farm; a visit to an olive oil factory to sample some varieties, or a private wine tasting in a vineyard.

18:30 Stop at Carcassonnes medieval city on the way back. Dinner at a superb Carcassonne restaurant, with wine included.

23:00 Transport will take you home.

Day 4

  • 08:30 Breakfast.
  • 09:30 Cookery session with French House Partys second chef dexcellence: Jean Marc Boyer.
  • 12:30 Lunch as you have prepared it.
  • 15:30 Jean Marcs second cookery session to make dinner.
  • 20:00 Dinner at home, accompanied with wine.

Day 5

  • 08:30 Breakfast, followed by your sixth cooking session. You will spend the morning with Jean Marc Boyer preparing lunch.
  • 13:00 Lunch.
  • Guests can choose to spend the early part of the afternoon relaxing, or there is the option of a visit to another local vineyard.
  • 17:30 Wine tasting at home.
  • 20:00 You will eat at another good local restaurant.

Day 6

  • 08:30 Breakfast.
  • France House Partys chauffeur will take you back to the airport.
  • Farewell.

This beautiful part of the Languedoc, centered on the medieval castle of Carcassonne, has a rich artistic, literary, culinary and historic heritage. The Languedoc is a geographical region of many personalities: plains and rugged mountains, lakes and breathtaking gorges, elegant cities, numberless sprawling vineyards, hot-scented sunflowers in field after field. The Canal du Midi is very close to the house and you will enjoy fantastic views of the Pyrenees, which can still be white-capped. Carcassonne is steeped in the bloody history of the Cathar genocide by the Popes Crusaders, in the 13th Century. There are numerous preserved hilltop castles within easy reach, and the jewel in the crown is the astonishing city of Carcassonne.

Activities
  • Art classes
  • Cooking classes
  • Cycling
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Swimming
  • Tennis court
General
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Bar
  • Barbecue facilities
  • Caf
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Restaurant
  • Smoke-free property
  • Terrace
  • Balcony
Services
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Hair dryer

During your holiday, advised by two Michelin stars, you will have the opportunity to learn and prepare a wide range of French dishes. You will learn and relish from a unique gourmet menu, enjoying the fruits of you own labor.

Menu 1

  • Baby leeks vinaigrette with licorice
  • Croissants
  • Scallops St Jacques with toasted almonds and spinach
  • Seasonal scallops with pear compote and petits pois with lime
  • Small chocolate flan and orange salad
  • Spiced veal with beer and new spring vegetables
  • Tarte au Citron
  • Veloute of beans and cucumber with coriander

Menu 2

  • Baked brioche with salted butter, marinated strawberries and vanilla cream
  • Croissants
  • Fillet of roast lamb, compote of petits pois and pimento
  • Green asparagus, both cooked and raw with perfumed vinaigrette
  • Green asparagus with prawns
  • Grilled foie gras with yoghurt and truffle oil
  • Parmesan breaded asparagus with pepper coulis
  • Red snapper fillets with basil and summer vegetables with parmesan crumble
  • Roasted langoustine with green asparagus
  • Strawberries au gratin with basil
  • Veloute of green asparagus

Menu 3

  • Baked duck with saffron tomatoes
  • Croissants
  • Escalope of foie gras with figs and reduced balsamic vinegar
  • Filet of trout and sesame braised lettuce hearts and jus of red peppers
  • Green zebra tomatoes in basil and olive oil
  • Goats cheese brochettes of with sesame and cherry tomatoes
  • Guinea fowl with sechuan pepper and cocoa and mashed celeriac
  • Tartare of red tomatoes with tarragon and yellow tomato jelly
  • Tarte of figs and rosemary
  • Tiramisu with figs
  • White tomato confit with vanilla

Menu 4

  • Apple meringues with caramelized pistachios
  • Caramelized scallops with beetroot and orange pure
  • Casserole with beans and duck foie gras
  • Creamed pumpkin with scallops
  • Croissants
  • Duck grilled with cheese, celery and apples
  • Foie gras with creamed coconut
  • Pears with candied ginger caramel and cream tea with jasmine
  • Pigeon with foie gras and stewed sweet potatoes
  • Soft chocolate cakes
  • Yellow curry with mashed rutabaga
  • 1 dinner at a great local restaurant
  • 5 days lunch and dinner with wine
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • 5-day cooking classes with Robert Abraham and Jean-Marc Boyer
  • All transportation during the holiday
  • Coffee, tea and soft drinks
  • Course materials (excluding books)
  • Daily breakfast
  • Market visit
  • Transfers to and from Toulouse or Carcassonne airports
  • Drinks requirements other than those listed above
  • Taxis or car hire
  • Travel to and from France
  • Wi-Fi access at the house