It is hard to believe that this is my last day at Chanteduc, with Patricia and all of these fabulous women. I must say it has been a truly remarkable experience that will remain unforgettable in my memory. Today it was raining and what better way to spend your time than roasting whole chickens in the hot wood burning brick oven? With a glass of Cotes du Rhone?! This is exactly what we did 🙂
We dined inside Patricia’s old century dining room complete with stone walls, fire places and wooden beams. It was incredibly quaint and cozy. We had a feast! I was in charge of making the Pizzaladiere (on puff pastry with anchovies, caramelized onions and olives! Yum! This was our appetizer. Followed by roast chicken, fresh white beans with basil sauce, potato salad with spring onions, capers and mint… And green bean, artichoke, and asparagus salad with hazelnuts.
We sat around the table for gosh, another four hours. Talking about all kinds of subjects… It was a lively conversation! What I love about this cooking school is it is very, VERY luxury based. Meaning, yes we are cooking everyday but all of our ingredients are set and measured for us by Patricia’s assistants. All we have to do is enter the kitchen and actually do the cooking part… We are served wine, and it is easy and breezy. There is nothing that took me more than 20 minutes because everything was ready to go! It really makes you feel that you are truly on a culinary vacation. There is Zero stress involved. Here is my Pizzaladiere which Patricia said was “superb!”
I also learned how wonderful it is to make things ahead. For example our homemade sausage took an hour but we only spent 20 minutes a day because we did this over three days. There are ways to plan menus, especially when entertaining, that make it so easy to make things fresh. And when you say “this is my sausage recipe” people become very impressed. You become a unique person. I have so enjoyed my stay here in Vaison-la-Romaine. The locales here are the sweetest and made me feel at home in a foreign country. The town and it’s people are charming. Enchanting. I know I will be back to visit… In fact Patricia told me anytime I am in town to please contact her to meet for a meal 🙂 Here are some of my favorite pictures to recap my adventure.
I have run out of words… I am joining Lee (my classmate) and her husband Bill for dinner at their flat this evening. Then packing up and taking the train to Paris tomorrow. Thank you everyone for following my amazing journey. I will try to post from Paris! A bientot 🙂