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Gascony – gastronomy.

The two words fit each other like a glove.

Add the village of Gramont and you have a perfect fit!

We were in Gramont, near St Clar, in the Gers region of Gascony (south west France in the midi-Pyrenees) for my husband’s 50th birthday treat – a cookery course.  It was a truly wonderful experience.  The Gascony Cookery School was a treat from the start, with wonderful hosts Vikki and David, and the chefing skills of David and Frenchman Bernard.

My DH learnt so much, from knife skills to patisserie with foie gras, fish and poulet, cassoulet and a mouth-wateringly brilliant tarte aux limone!  We ate and drank royally, enjoyed the relaxing and fun company of our hosts, were accommodated in a comfortable room and really chilled!  We went to market to buy the ingredients and were taken around the countryside to sample Armagnac, visit chateaus, and see the sights, and ate.

Oh yes, did I mention the eating??

Shopping for ingredients

Shopping for ingredients

Surprisingly, we came back with very little extra weight, either on our bodies or in our suitcases!  Will we return?  Mais certainement!!  Should you go?  Absolutement!!

Two blocks of stone and a sleeper!  Rustic bench

Two blocks of stone and a sleeper! Rustic bench
Chambres d'Hote Le Petit Feuillant

Chambres d'Hote, Le Petit Feuillant