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7 Day Discover Normandy

Wilde Kitchen, La Blonderie, 50340 Benoistville, Normandy, France

Cooking Holidays in France

Indulge in a unique insight into a French country cuisine. Enjoy the real taste of the food culture of Normandy, l' art de vivre la française. Try out some new recipes, learn a little and share the passion for cooking while spending some time in the relaxed ambiance of an 18th century farmhouse kitchen. The moment you enter, you will feel the warm welcome of open-hearted people. A gastronomic delight and a wonderful sharing of French tastes and cultures. This is definitely a beautiful holiday experience that you will not get anywhere else! Families are very welcome.

Meet the instructors

Sinead
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Highlights

  • Visit to local farmer's markets
  • Welcome supper of cheese and wine
  • 3 hands-on, fun, informative cooking classes followed by after-class tasting meals
  • Bread making in an 18th century bakehouse
  • Visit to organic cider farm and tasting
  • Shopping trip to local foodie hotspot
  • 1 restaurant meal (plat du jour)
  • All recipes

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


3 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: French
Group size: 2-6 participants
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
17:00
Check-out Time:
11:00

The Garden Room

The 18th century property, La Blonderie, offers two stylish bedrooms, both with ensuite bathrooms as well as a self-catering apartment. The Garden Room is situated on the ground floor and has its own front door and patio. Equipped with a kitchenette with microwave oven, hob, extractor fan, fridge, sink, and dishes for two people as well as a dining area, this room is perfect for one or two people.

La Chambre de Bonne

The romantic Maid's Quarters' is located on the first floor, also with its own front door at the top of a granite stairs, typical of the area. It has a double bed and ensuite bathroom as well as a mezzanine area with a single bed - The Little House on the Prairie may well spring to mind! The quarters are equipped with tea and coffee-making facilities, hairdryers, and have free Internet access.

The gîte/ apartment

Wilde Kitchen's gîte is a two-bed apartment where four people can sleep comfortably. This living quarter is equipped with Wi-Fi, TV, DVD, dishwasher, washing machine, microwave, barbeque, picnic table and so on.

La Blonderie is perfectly located for exploring Normandy with its D-Day beaches and museums, Bayeux, Le Mont St. Michel, and much more.

Program

Day 1

  • Late afternoon/early evening arrival at La Blonderie. Time to relax a little and explore your surroundings.
  • A first taste of Normandy follows for Sunday night supper in the form of a cheeseboard with salad, crusty bread, pastries, and wine or some locally produced organic cider. While you enjoy your food, you'll also meet with your fellow cooks - a perfect introduction to the course.

Day 2 - Monday

  • 8am Continental breakfast of croissants, bread, cakes, homemade jams and jellies, artisanal apple juice, cereals, fruit, and yoghurt.
  • 8:45am Off to Bricquebec, a beautiful medieval town, for the weekly market where you'll absorb the ambience, pick up some fresh produce for your lunch and sample whatever you're offered before your first cookery session.
  • 10:45am Cookery class #1
  • 1:30pm After-class tasting lunch at La Blonderie
  • 3:30pm Visit to Le Père Mahieu Ciderie where the best of Normandy's organic apples are transformed into the most delicious drinks in the forms of cider, pommeau, calvados and apple juice. After a guided tour of the distillery, you will sample the various ciders, calvados, pommeau, and apple juice.
  • Afterwards, you may fancy a walk to the orchards via the Norman hedgerows.
  • Evening free. Restaurant recommendations and reservations are made for you where necessary.

Day 3

  • 9am Continental breakfast
  • Discover the best of Normandy with its rugged coastlines, historical sites, museums, gardens, beaches, villages, and much more. Sinéad will share her extensive knowledge of the area ensuring that your trip to Normandy is a truly memorable one. Explore at your ease, armed with maps, ideas, and restaurant reservations.

Day 4

  • 9am Continental breakfast
  • 10am Food preparation. Serious food preparation is required for the final cookery (and history) class - a serious and unique treat for lovers of food, terroir, history and tradition. Vegetables will be prepared, pork loin may be prepared into Orloff, starters discussed and decided upon and whatever else is necessary for the wonderful foodie adventure which follows.
  • 12:15pm to 2pm Lunch in local restaurant (formule du midi)
  • 2pm Back to La Blonderie where together a full meal is prepared and cooked in an authentic post-revolution (1789) boulangerie oven (bread oven) located on the grounds of La Blonderie.
  • While waiting for the bread to rise and the food to cook, Sinéad will give a talk on the history of the boulangerie and provide lots of anecdotes for a fun-filled, educational afternoon over a glass of his homemade apple juice or cider.

Day 5

  • Same as day three, you may decide to chill out or explore the area. Whatever the case Sinéad will certainly help you make the most of your stay in Lower Normandy.

Day 6

  • 8am Continental breakfast
  • 9am Trip to the local farmers market in Les Pieux where you'll stock up on fresh produce for your morning cookery class
  • 10:30 Cookery class #3
  • After-class lunch
  • Afternoon - No cookery course would be complete without a trip to La Maison du Biscuit - fine grocery store - and 'a Disneyland for foodies' as described by one guest. Some last-minute gifts and souvenirs may be purchased well as spices and ingredients used during the week.

Day 7

  • Continental breakfast and goodbyes.

Included excursions

Market visit in medieval town of Bricquebec

Trip to the local farmers' market in Les Pieux

Authentic post-revolution boulangerie experience

Visit to Le Pere Mahieu Ciderie, an organic cider farm

Shopping trip to La Maison du Biscuit

Instructors

Sinead Wilde Allart

Location

Explore the magic of Normandy, with its rolling green countryside, sandy beaches, historical monuments and museums and renowned gastronomy. A visit to Normandy is an experience that one never forgets. Luminous greens dominate the countrys breathtaking landscapes, while magnificent sites and monuments abound. Mild winters and warm summers define the climate here, which generally experiences a lack of temperature extremes.

There truly is something for everyone, ranging from historic monuments and museums, vibrant towns, beautiful chteaux, spectacular gardens and lots of activities. Make Benoistville your base and stay in Wilde Kitchen's apartment, perfect for groups of 4, the studio apartment on the grounds of the 18th century farmhouse, or in one of the stylish guest rooms (B&B) and explore this hidden treasure of France's beautiful north west.

Food

Normandy cuisine sample menu

La Blonderie (day 1)

  • Pommeau Apritif
  • Roasted Goat's Cheese with Vegetable Escabche
  • Normandy Seafood Stew
  • Apricot Tart
  • Tea/coffee

Boulangerie Day

  • Kir Normand
  • Homemade Black Pudding Terrine and Onion Jam served with freshly-baked bread
  • Pork Orloff Normandy-style
  • Teurgoule (Normandy Rice Pudding)

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Alcoholic beverages

Things to do (optional)

Combine cooking with history. Only 44 kilometers from Sainte Mre Eglise, immortalized in the movie "The Longest Day", 90 kilometers from Omaha Beach and the US Cemetery, and 13 kilometers from Pegasus Bridge, Wilde Kitchen is perfectly located for exploring Normandy with its World War II museums, beaches, monuments and much more.

Le Mont Saint Michel, the second most visited tourist spot in France, (the Eiffel Tower is the first) is a mere 146 kilometers from your bed and breakfast inn, along the spectacular coastal road, known locally as "la touristique." While Bayeux, famous for its almost 1000-year old, world-famous tapestry, depicting the defeat of England by William at the Battle of Hastings in 1066, is 99 kilometers away - all potential day-trips. You also visit La Maison du Biscuit, epicerie fine where some gifts and souvenirs may be purchased.

What's included

  • 3 hands-on cookery classes with afterclass tasting meals, beverages included
  • 6 nights accommodation on bed & breakfast basis
  • Arrival supper of Normandy cheese platter with salad, dessert and drinks
  • All excursions - market visits, organic cider farm, fine grocery store
  • Recipes

What's not included

  • Transport
  • Personal expenses

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 21 days before arrival.

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7 days / 6 nights
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Availability 

This holiday is available all year round on demand and may be talior-made to suit your requirements (longer/shorter/child-friendly/special diet etc.). Ideally, arrival on a Sunday or Tuesday evening is preferable. Wilde Kitchen schedules their courses around local farmer’s markets. 

Solo travelers

Solo travellers are however, welcome to join in. Please contact Wilde Kitchen for details. 

Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 2 participants

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