ALAN, PETER, DAVID and THEIR FRIENDS,
ON a SPICE COOKING COURSE at MIAM MIAM
Forget bungee jumping and paragliding... introductory weekends to scuba diving or weekends spent in mock battles under fire from paint balls are old fashioned.
From now on personal development courses should promote long term benefits and the activities must respect the local environment and ecology. Here at the Miam Miam Association we see people arrive on Friday evening exhausted. They come without their laptop, their mobile phone is quickly turned off, sometimes “forgotten” in the glove box of their Volvo. They stretch, breathe the air of aulas in the Cevennes, take a tour of the garden and delight in the view of Mont Aigoual- its tranquility. The birds, the ladybirds: They manage to hold on without the assistance of Monsanto (we even manage without watering the garden thanks to a technique using recycled wood shavings). It's refreshing – and it's the solution for a tranquil week end between friends, office or company colleagues with their spouses or companions.
The place? A large majestic silk house with its 12th century vaulted kitchen and salon. The men will be interested in the silk industry, the masses of flowers which need very little water and the wood fireplace. The ladies will be taken with the old stone the décor the ladybirds and the birdlife.
The course organization? We simmer tasty little dishes and we taste them together, quietly, with a little glass of Pic St Loup (red) or Picpoul de Pinet (white) under the hundred years old yew trees in the garden, or in front of the huge bay window in the salon and by the fireside.
To be honest, the spice course is at first a pretext. An alibi. However the natural curiosity of the group is always there of course. They're interested, ready to participate. Touring the world in 80 spices is not a joke. We start with the easiest. The old local traditional herbs: fennel, thyme, sage, savory. Do you know about savory? You know what it's good for and which dishes it is used in? Your health! Cheers! We learn by cooking and we enjoy cooking. Spices, you know, are not only tasty and stimulating, but also healthy. You eat better. It's a return to slow food and the true taste of food from local products.
We start with exotic flavors, Asian, Arab, Indian the formidable South American hot peppers or the sweet nuts from tonka, peppers from Madagascar and Jamaica, Hungarian paprika and Russian dill, saffron from Iran or Kashmir, Moroccan cumin and coriander, Lebanese sumac, satay sauce from Malaysia, garlic and Cevennes sweet onions. Flavored oils and vinegars; freshly grated ginger and turmeric. Dozens of subtle recipes for potatoes, or to make sumptuous coconut chicken with lemongrass, lime leaves, ginger and coconut milk, cooked in the wok Chiang Mai style, and supplemented with flavored sticky rice and a warm Thai shellfish salad.
So? Is life not good? It's not bad here having a siesta or a quiet walk among flowerbeds.
Thank you mr Du Cros that's an original week end. We'll tell our friends in the city...
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Combine the discovery of Cevennes with a culinary workshop
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Embark on an exciting journey of discovery into the world of spices
From Marco Polo to Ali Baba : the discovery of 80 herbs and spices.
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cooking light recipe, cooking french, class cooking
Archimbolo only vegetables!
samples of herbs and spices used in the courses
Gourmet food spices, cooking french, class cooking...
Yum Yum in a sixteenth century house
how to use 40 spices or 80 or 100 spices in your everyday light recipes?
heating the spices in the wok
Roquefort on the Causses, one hour from Aulas
hte break after tasting the recipes done by the students
who will make the best recipe?
40 spices, a culinary workshop on spices in South of France, near Montpellier, Yum Yum in a sixteenth century house
not far from us the city of Nimes
the cirque de Navacelles near Aulas a good place to visit
TV and press often come to brodcast our spices lessons (here chanel 1)
the camargue near Aulas a good place to visit
not far from us the Pont du Gard
Millau a good place to visit
coming with her grand mother, a nice idea
a student from India already a good cook
the gorges du Tarn near Aulas a good place to visit
a student from Tunisia already a good cook
the TV is on!
you are wlcome with your children
TV and press often come to brodcast our spices lessons (here chanel 6)
Bouzigues where you will eat oysters and bouillabaisse
we are ready to taste the spicy dinner