Monthly Archives: July 2010

23 July 2010

Hi Folks,

Hope you are all well – nearly getting blown away in the cour as the wind seems to want to take our
umbrellas and tables away!

We had a fabulous weekend last week with the Medieval Sunday – what a wonderful day with all the street acts and the jousting up on the arena under the tower. It really was worth a visit so if you
missed it last week it is all set to happen again on the 15th August. It all started at about 11 o’clock
and went on until early evening, with something happening at most times during the day. There were stilt walkers, fire jugglers, musicians and a jester as well as the knights and fair maidens. I’m also reliably informed that there was a dancing bear and wolves although I didn’t see them from my kitchen window!

As all of you who have visited the cafe during the last couple of weeks will know, we have a new
member of staff – Vicky. Vicky will be with us until the end of August – and hopefully popping back now and again after that to see us. She tells me she is enjoying working with us – let’s hope that is still the case after the next few weeks when it gets hotter and busier (so I’ve been told!) Thanks Vicky for your help so far – you are a whizz up and down those stairs!

This weekend we have the “Open Doors” on Sunday in the village, organised by the local Association Peche Sport/Nature – lots of things for everyone to do and see and there will be plants and herbs for sale along with an historic tour of the village. In the Place du bail in the early evening there will be a puppet show, and then games of petanque, palet and cricket – all friendly matches of course! Look forward to seeing you there.

As most of you know we now have our summer menu in place and to go with that we have decided to change one of our draught beers. In place of the Melusine we will have Leffe (much requested by Alan!) – slightly stronger beer that goes down well with the ploughmans lunch or the roquefort and leek tarts on the summer menu. Why not give it a try next time you pop in?

We have finally finished planting out the garden in the cour – it looks a real picture. It is a little oasis in the corner now – giving a much needed coolness to the warm summer afternoons in the cour. With all the new furniture and the pretty garden I think we are just about there – just a couple of new umbrellas and we will be complete.

Just in case you haven’t heard we have also updated the kitchen – I have at last got my new gas hob!

I really must be rather sad as I got extremely excited about my new oven and hob – but it really has
made a difference. The old hob was electric and would take nearly 10 minutes to heat up and even
longer to cool down – I can cook an omelet in 5 minutes now instead of 15! I’m still getting used to the oven and my French is having to improve as I only have instructions in French (thanks Chris for helping out on the technical bits – like turning it on the first time!) but I am getting the hang of it.

By the time it comes to make Steak and Kidney puds and Bangers and Mash I should be there.
We don’t have a specific plate of the week this week – we still have the ploughmans as an extra item to the main menu – if anyone has a good idea that doesn’t involve too many fancy ingredients and can be put together in 5 minutes I am open to suggestions.

Well, I have a couple of cakes to bake before tomorrow and more quiches to fill so must be off for
now. We look forward to seeing you in the cafe soon

14 July 2010

Bonjour from a damp and blowy Cafe!

Well, what has happened to the weather? It is such a shame for everyone who has turned out for the fireworks this evening at the Bastille Day celebrations – let’s hope the rain holds off long enough for a spectacular show. The Mervant show last evening was very good but of course I am sure Vouvant’s will excel!

Yesterday’s day off gave us a chance to put up some more trellis (thank you Sandra and Peter!) in
the courtyard and we now have space for our final planter on the blank wall. It is sure to look a picture in the sun and is already a haven for bees and butterflies, as well as those of you who like the cool atmosphere it has created in the corner of the cour.

We have had many comments about our summer menu (all good so far) and hope that you will enjoy the new salads on offer. We have changed the recipe for the cheese salad to incorporate three different types of cheese – a mild hard cheese, a cheddar and a blue – this should make this salad even more tasty.

Our Plate of the Week this week is a choice of either Cheddar or Stilton Ploughman’s lunch – a large piece of Gaylord and Maud’s finest french bread, with either a piece of Stilton or Cheddar, butter, chutney, tomatoes, pickled onions and gherkins, with garnish. All washed down with either a beer, a glass of wine, or a bottle of the local cider – well worth a try!

We will be trying a couple of new cheeses this week for our cheese platters – I’m looking for
something different to add to our menu – I’ll let you know if I find anything of interest.

Hope you are all looking forward to the Medieval Day on Sunday – I hear that the day is always well
worth attending with lots of games and fun, and interesting information about Vouvant and the
surrounding area too. We look forward to seeing you there.

Well, I must get back to my cake baking and quiche filling and Paul needs to fill a few more glasses!

We look forward to seeing you in the cafe soon