As some of you may gather from following me on instagram or Facebook that I have taken a little bit of a holiday back home to Europe, this has also meant a little time out from the blogging world. It has been incredibly refreshing and for the next four or so weeks I was going to take you along with me on some of my food and travel adventures in and around Europe. My travels commenced in France, where my Dad has a wonderful home, a converted barn in the Gaillac Wine region about an hour or so East of Toulouse.
My first night in the Souel (pronounced Swell!) Dad organised an evening at Chateau Mouret, where a delightful pop-up restaurant located in a well-manicured courtyard at the back of idyllic Chateau Mouret for the Summer months.
Hosted by two infamous and experienced foodies, Louise and Stuart Hill, founders of Delicious Mountain. Each evening is themed with delicious tastes and foods from around the world.
Our evening was Asian inspired, lots of fragrant, fresh and spicy ingredients were used. All ingredients are locally sourced from either the stunning garden with the best veggie patch I had seen in a long while. (When I grow up I would like to have a replica please!) Or bought from the local farmers markets. First things first I have to take you exploring around their veggie patch with me. It was too good not to share…
Stunning lavender bushes everywhere you turn, encouraging bees to pollinate all of the veggie patch
Vine ripe tomatoes growing in abundance
Beautiful Marigolds enticing bees to come and pollinate all of the plants
Chickens roam freely throughout the gardens
Everything about this meal echoed LOCAL and you just know it was gonna be a good one.
The evening kickstarted with a little aperitif of sparkling wine, followed by succulent grilled chilli prawns, fragrant peanut satay wrapped in spinach leaves and the most appetising Asian inspired beetroot gazpacho.
I would absolutely love to duplicate at some point on the blog.
Starters consisted of a take on thai beef salad (see my old recipe here) it was honey and sesame beef, noodle and crunch vegetable salad with lime & soy dressing.
Beautifully balanced and a great one to get the taste buds salivating.
Mains were my favourite. Slightly spicy thai green curry with fresh crunchy vegetables topped with finely sliced pan-fried sea bass.
A beautiful combination with the spice from the curry sauce, the crunch of the fresh veggies from the garden and topped with the crunchy pan fried sea bass. A fine tuned fusion of fresh and spicy ingredients.
Dessert took us back full circle to the epitome of French cuisine, a stunning homemade Tart au Citron (lemon tart) with creme fraiche, elderflower ice-cream and candied lemons.
Zingy and really cleansed the palette.
All in a perfect evening set in between the beautiful sweeping vineyards of the Gaillac wine region.
We trundled home through vines back to base
More adventures to follow …