Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Our First Village Meal

You forget how much you rely on the internet, it’s so much part of our lives now, so not having it for 4 1/2 days seemed like an eternity. After faffing with the router, phoning Orange, going to Niort to collect a new one which made no difference, it wasn't us after all, but a temperamental server their end. Orange gave it a kick and we’re now back online. Phew :)

Saturday was an amazing day, but we’ve never seen so much food. But going back a couple of days the eating started on Thursday evening. After starting the wood fired oven next door, in went two loins of pork, two chickens and four terrines to cook for 3 hours.  We then went up the road for a meal at our neighbours, where we all made something to share. Friday the oven was fired up again and this time in went two hams. Saturday morning, more food was prepared and cooked – 3 trays of layered potatoes and 2 trays of green beans with garlic. The delicious aromas started wafting through the village, so thankfully we didn't have long to wait.

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The meal started at noon with 45 people attending from ours and neighbouring villages. Everyone prepared either an entree or a dessert, but let me give you an idea of the amount of food there was. You didn’t just prepare a little something, you were asked to prepare a bowl of something so there was a mountain of bread, pasta salad, courgette bake, cous cous salads, pâté, a green bean and tomato salad, potato salad and this was just the starter. This was then followed by the ham, chicken, potatoes and beans. Then when you were feeling stuffed, out came the cheese and assorted delicious desserts – plum, apple, pear and redcurrant tarts, all homemade and all washed down with wine and beer. An amazing meal but we didn't want to eat anything else that day, so when our neighbour said we would all be eating again in the evening, we though she was joking, but we did, but this time we only managed a little pâté and bread. Our Asterix themed day was a day to remember, so much fun even though our little British team got thrashed at boules. But it didn’t end there, Sunday we were invited again for more food and wine at another neighbours, but as we’d skipped breakfast, we managed to squeeze a bit more in. There was a post mortem on how things could be improved for next year, but there were no complaints from us and we look forward to the next one.

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10 comments:

  1. Gosh, the pictures are great, making me so hungry. Looks like you had a awesome few days. Are you & Roger on diets now ? Tee Hee. Glad you are up and running on the inter web.
    Sending Hugs xxxx

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    1. It was so much fun, but we were completely stuffed. Only lettuce for us now xx

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  2. What a lovely day, ....our village had its annual fete at the weekend as well, but we are too swamped by farm and renovation work at the moment so had no energy to join in....but, hopefully, next year......!

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    1. Try and go it you can, we had such great fun and a welcome break from the gardening x

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  3. The first time I ever went to a French private party I thought that I would never eat again I was so full. Again starting mid-day and I wobbled home at mid-night. The second one I went to I faded out late evening but I gather they danced on to the early hours. The village ones here are generally one day, I don't not think I could survive two days of eating. The next celebrations here are July 14!! Maybe we will miss all the food and just watch the fireworks :-)

    I thought you were very quiet, now I know, no internet!! Stay cool Diane

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    1. I felt like I'd had a limb removed not having the internet :) We also have 2 more lunches this week, no wonder I've put on a couple of pounds!!

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  4. WOW! it all looks wonderful, not just the food but the community spirit. I can see why you enjoyed the day.

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    1. Exactly right Gaynor, the community spirit was definitely there. There were lots of people we'd never met before but everyone was so welcoming x

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  5. Looks great fun & what fab meals! I'm sure you'll get rid of any extra pounds quickly with all the work you have in the house/garden xx

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    1. Maybe next week for the pound shedding as I remembered we had been out to lunch last Wednesday as well, plus a BBQ yesterday (7/7) and we have another lunch tomorrow :)

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