Simone's Kitchen

Markets and cooking


Yesterday we visited the market in Bourganeuf, which – thankfully – had a little more produce then the previous two markets. We had quite a large group so making decisions is always a little bit harder when there are 8 people with opinions… lol… But Jan-Willem was to be the chef of the day, so he had the final say in what we were gonna buy. The idea was to check what produce was available and with a reasonable price, buy that produce and in the afternoon come up with a menu.


We have a large white board where the ideas are written down and once we all agree that is what we are going to make; we create a mise en place list and tasks are being divided among whoever wants to help in the kitchen that particular day. Not everyone is cooking every day; there are other activities being offered, so there are also people who prefer to go painting some days and work in the kitchen another day. So that means that the kitchencrew varies. Which is fine but it can be a little messy and unorganized as not everyone has cooking experience, but it makes it fun at the same time.
We ended up with a menu that went something like this:

Antipasti the french way (we had rillette, baked terrine of duck, tomatoes with mozarella and basil and grilled veggies)
Salmon tartar with lemon mayonaise and a sort of pesto (I ended up making it with salad (initially the idea was to make rocketpesto, but we forgot to buy rocket)
With a piece of Conquer eel
Roasted chicken with home made french fries, fresh green peas steamed with sjallots and saladhearts
Clafoutis with strawberries and mango

The chicken was from a local farm so a really good one and ofcourse; who does not like good fries… 🙂
The group of people that had to be fed keeps growing as a few family members also arrived, so in total we had 16 people at the table.

I was not too impressed with the fish; really too much bones and not enough flesh. So as good as the shark was the day before, as bad as the eel was… O well, it can’t all be perfect right?


Tonight there is going to be an additional 6 people that come for a table d’hote (basically it’s paying customers) which makes it kind of scary, but also fun to be cooking for “real” customers…. We’ll see how that turns out!! I’ll keep you posted!


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  1. Love all these vignettes of life there…thanks for sharing, your photos, as always are just wonderful. All that food looks great!

  2. I would love to explore that market!

  3. Sounds wonderful!
    I especially love the photo of the cows, Simone!

  4. Looks like you are having a great time in France! I love the photo of the cows. They look as if they were running after you! 🙂

  5. Sounds like you are having great fun cooking up a storm in France Simone. Love that pic of the cows!

  6. Simone, this is so much fun. You got to enjoy the sight into the local markets. Love that kind of adventure. I myself put market visit as no.1 list on every trip out of the city.

    And of course, enjoy your coverage about each day activity so much 🙂

    Sawadee from bangkok,

  7. I’ve finally caught up with your last few posts. Oh, this sounds like such a wonderful experience! Your pictures are beautiful, they are actually making me want to hit the markets right now!

  8. How fun! I am really enjoying all your posts! Love that cow photo!

  9. Such gorgeous pictures Simone – the first one of the cows is my favourite…

  10. All of the foods lok great & so colourful too!

    I love all of your vibrant pictures too! The clafoutis looks like a real winner too!

    Cooking on holiday,..what a great & entertaining idea!

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