13 December 2019

Concordia : Christmas Concerts


Concordia choral ensemble present their Christmas Concert in 3 locations this year
As always, Nicki Ingram directs an ambitious programme including pieces from Vivaldi, Saint-Saëns, Holst, Gjeilo, Bach (Fettke) and Whitacre.

The choir will be accompanied by Hervé Carrère on piano

8 December 2019

Take-away Dining with Reza

More events happening in support of the "Association Stan Millward": raising funds to support those who live with and fight against cancer.
Reza Mahammad

Reza Mahammad continues his support of the Association with two new menus targeted for January and February next year.

The ordering and collection of the dishes is similar to previous events but the dishes for both menus will be prepared sometime in mid-December - get in touch with Sharon (see below) as soon as you can
  • let her know your choices from both menus before 8th December
  • she will confirm with a price
  • send your payment by cheque and state when you will collect
Possible dates for collection include
  • 10:00-12:00 Friday 3rd January
  • 10:00-12:00 Saturday 4th January

January Menu

  1. Achari Chicken Marinated with muscovado, chilli, tomato, fennel & cumin - to name a but a few 10€45
  2. Black Pepper Beef Slow cooked and infused with a blend of 14 spices plus tomato, onion, lemon, cloves and yoghurt 11€75
  3. Fish Moilee Cooked with nigella and fennel seeds, ginger, garlic & coconut milk, sugar and lemon 10€65
  4. Coconut & Tamari Brussel Sprouts Back by popular request; a unique and delicious taste make this a rather special dish. A real treat! 7€95
  5. Aloo Gobi Roasted cauliflower and potato : comfort food with a zing to bring out layers of flavour 7€75
Just as well these won't be available for New Year's Day - they would be gobbled up before the new year had barely started!


February Menu

  1. Pork Vindaloo No, not a dish to burn your throat - this is the real, Goan blend of 20 spices that will simply delight 10€55
  2. Beef Koftas Coriander, mint, garlic, ginger, cumin, cinnamon, chillis and freshly strained tomatoes – all ingredients marinated and infused for hours to bring out the intense flavour 11€95
  3. Potato & Aubergine Curry Back by popular request; a combination that leaves you yearning for more 9€10
  4. Lemon & Coriander Chicken Tingle those taste buds with a sauce that includes lemon, coriander, yoghurt, cumin seeds, curry leaves, turmeric, garlic, ginger and a touch more 10€35
  5. A simply yummy Vegetable Curry A firm favourite to please the palate and create flavours that linger 9€30
Quite a few folks will be struggling to keep these dishes in the freezer until  February has arrived. Its a shame freezers don't have time-locks

Contact

For all reservations, please contact Sharon on 05 45 22 87 36 or by email

3 December 2019

Stan Millward Association

Lots of events happening in support of the association: raising funds for the "Association Stan Millward" to support those who live with and fight against cancer.
Reza Mahammad

3rd December: Take-away Dining with Reza

And of course, if you were only a guest at someone else's dinner party in November, you can host your own this month with an entirely fresh menu selection; the same routine as before
  • open for ordering now: the menu of dishes is listed below
  • end of November: all orders and pre-payments should have been made
  • from Tues 3rd December: come and collect your frozen feast at the kitchen in Valence: Tue 3rd: 9:30–12:30pm or 4pm–6pm, Wed 4th: 12pm–1pm or 4pm–6pm, Thurs 5th: 10am–12pm
Reza is flying off to Zimbabwe to headline their International Food Festival and afterwards to Australia to astound the Ozzies - all before Christmas, so this menu had to be brought forward...
  1. Lamb with peas, enriched with garlic, ginger, cinnamon, cumin seeds, fenugreek and more 12€55
  2. Succulent fillets of fish in a delicious Coriander Chutney 10€35
  3. Chicken Dhansak infused with a medley of 22 spices and herbs 11€25
  4. Coconut infused roasted Brussels Sprouts with tamari, mustard and fennel seeds 7€95
  5. Creamy Black lentils – hearty, warming and rich in flavour 8€15
  6. Caramelised Rice, with onion, cardamom and cinnamon 5€15

Christmas will be coming early for more than one bon viveur! I guess there will be quite a few fabulous dinner parties again throughout Charente this weekend, everyone toasting Reza - the Spice Prince of India!

Contact

For all reservations, please contact Sharon on 05 45 22 87 36 or by email

15 November 2019

Stan Millward Association

Lots of events happening in support of the association: raising funds for the "Association Stan Millward" to support those who live with and fight against cancer.

Reza Mahammad

15th November: Take-away Dining with Reza

Reza returns with a selection of dishes - this time provided as a take-away. All profits are destined for the association, obviously. Please don't delay - numbers are limited and over 20 reservations had been placed within 12 hours of the menu being issued!

Here's the schedule
  • Tue 29th October: the menu of dishes on offer will be emailed to subscribers - it is already out
  • Thu 7th November: all orders and pre-payments should be made before this date
  • Come and collect your frozen take-away at the kitchen in Valence: 18:00-20:00 Fri 15th, 10:00-12:00 Sat 16th, 17:00-19:00 Sun 17th
Reza and Sharon have worked hard to design a mouth-watering menu and source the best, fresh ingredients. Each dish will be prepared and cooked by Reza himself, allowed to cool and then rapidly frozen. Your portions will be served in reusable containers (with a 1€ deposit on each) for collection whenever suits you (see times above - please indicate your collection day when sending payment so your order will be ready and waiting!).

Here is the menu (dishes do not include rice or breads) :
  1. Beef Koftas: lovely rich mix of spices 12€95
  2. Fish in Tomato & Coconut: subtly blended 11€65
  3. Cardamom Chicken: creamy & silky smooth 10€95
  4. Allo Baingun: 13 selected spices 10€10
  5. Tarka Dal: comfort food with a zing 9€70
Reza recommends allowing the food to defrost slowly to room temperature and then reheat in either a microwave or oven. They have also sourced some quality wines to go with their dishes - please ask when you place your order.

So when placing your order by phone or email, make sure you:
  • quote either the menu number or the dish name & the quantity you want
  • indicate when you expect to collect your princely feast
  • ask about their wine options

I guess there will be quite a few fabulous dinner parties throughout Charente this weekend, everyone toasting Reza - the Spice Prince of India!

For reservations: please contact Sharon (see below) and confirm with payment by Thursday 7th Nov.

3rd December: Take-away Dining with Reza

And of course, if you were only a guest at someone else's dinner party in November, you can host your own this month with an entirely fresh menu selection; the same routine as before
  • open for ordering now: the menu of dishes are listed below
  • end of November: all orders and pre-payments should have been made
  • from Tues 3rd December: come and collect your frozen feast at the kitchen in Valence: Tue 3rd: 9:30–12:30pm or 4pm–6pm, Wed 4th: 12pm–1pm or 4pm–6pm, Thurs 5th: 10am–12pm
Reza is flying off to Zimbabwe to headline their International Food Festival and afterwards to Australia to astound the Ozzies - all before Christmas, so this menu had to be brought forward...

  1. Lamb with peas, enriched with garlic, ginger, cinnamon, cumin seeds, fenugreek and more 12€55
  2. Succulent fillets of fish in a delicious Coriander Chutney 10€35
  3. Chicken Dhansak infused with a medley of 22 spices and herbs 11€25
  4. Coconut infused roasted Brussels Sprouts with tamari, mustard and fennel seeds 7€95
  5. Creamy Black lentils – hearty, warming and rich in flavour 8€15
  6. Caramelised Rice, with onion, cardamom and cinnamon 5€15

Christmas will be coming early for more than one bon viveur!

For reservations: please contact Sharon (see below) 

Contact

For all reservations, please contact Sharon on 05 45 22 87 36 or by email (send an email to subscribe for December's mailing)

1 November 2019

Dizzy & Co Designs's Open Day

An exciting new artisanale gift shop is opening in Saint-Claud 16450

and you are invited to help celebrate at their Open Day

 

A long awaited dream for Katherine Alexander, owner, designer and creator of Dizzy & Co Designs is about to become reality with the opening of her bricks and mortar shop in Saint Claud.

Opening on the 1st November, this is a realisation of many years work, and for the past 3 and half of those, here in the beautiful Charente.

Within the shop will be Dizzy & Co Designs' own creations of handmade rustic wooden wall decorations, short fleece lined scarves, brooches and cushions, just to name a few.  The shop will be showcasing other local artisans crafts, giving an eclectic mix of gifts for all ages, tastes, styles and budgets.

Come and join her on her open day :

1st November at 10.00am onwards and throughout the day.

Get your Christmas shopping for loved ones, friends and family members, something different and unique.

Dizzy & Co Designs, located on 9 Rue Francois Daigueplats, Saint Claud will be open, Tuesday to Friday and Saturday mornings right up to Christmas.

To keep up to date with whats happening, you can follow Dizzy & Co Design on Facebook or visit our very own website

See you soon and make sure you say Hello!

19 October 2019

Alloue Ceilidh 18:30 Sat 19th Oct

Alloue are holding their 2nd Franco-Britanique Ceilidh with the usual attractions

Music by Samphire

with Susan calling the dances

Beer by the Ginger Cat

A few ales on draught and as much as they can manage of their full range in bottle. This year the guys hope to have a couple of new brews on tap:
  • a Mexican Pale Ale
  • and a Vienna Amber Ale
  • plus their gorgeous Rye Pale Ale (IPA) in cask

Mmmm! Glasses will be provided

Northern Grub

Grindrods are providing their unctous steak & onion pie served wiv genuine minted mushy peas plus traditional appero's before, and followed by French cheese & dessert. If you want a Veggie option please ask when you book.

Yummy! Please remember to bring your own cutlery, plates and glasses

Refreshments

The usual array of refreshments will be available on-sale too: wines (red, white & rosé), ciders, fruit juices and introducing some fabulous non-alcoholic "cocktails" to keep the temperature under control!

And despite inflation and the additional cheese course, the entrance fee is definitely a bargain at only 12€

Reservations only please: call 05 45 31 71 28 or email alloueceilidh@gmail.com

28 September 2019

Stan Millward Association

Lots of events happening in support of the association:  raising funds for the "Association Stan Millward" to support those who live with and fight against cancer.

28th September: Afternoon Tea in the Château

Château - Hôtel de Nieuil

On behalf of the “Stan Millward Association”, Luce Bodinaud & her team at the stunning Château - Hôtel de Nieuil invite you to come along and relax in this timeless tranquil setting; stroll through the beautiful grounds; soak up the atmosphere of times gone by and dream of yesteryear.

And when you wake up, pinch yourself and make your way into the château gallery for a sumptuous afternoon tea. You really are living the dream!

The Afternoon Tea will consist of six savoury and six sweet items – served in the
gallery - plus a choice of hot or cold drinks.

Reservations only please: contact either Sharon (see below) or the Château directly on 05-45-71-36-38

3rd October: Guided Resistance Visit

Another opportunity to meet with Edgar Bissarier and Gilles Pascud, members of the Bir'Hacheim resistance group. Programme for the day:
  • 10:00 meet at the Resistance Museum, Chasseneuil-sur-Bonnieure
  • 10:15 formal talk with Edgar & Gilles
  • 11:30 coffee break followed by a reading of contemporaneous report about the Oradour-sur-Glane atrocity
  • 12:00 Share lunch at Le Bistro
  • 14:00 Visit sites mentioned by Edgar & Gilles
  • 16:00 Tour the Necropolis
Please note that the Necropolis is closing to the public from January for repairs.
5€ donation: Reservations only please: contact Sharon (see below)

October: Autumnal Indian Lunch


Reza Mahammad
Internationally-renowned celebrity chef Reza Mahammad - the Spice Prince of India - will be preparing, producing and presenting a delicious lunch. Just look at the mouth-watering dishes on offer:
  • Starter: flavoursome potato cakes with peas and Punjabi-style chick-peas with a spiced yoghurt dressing.
  • Main: achari chicken marinated in chilli, lemon, muscovado sugar and curry leaves, then tempered with cumin, mustard, nigella, fenugreek and fennel seeds.
  • Main: South Indian fish curry, poached with tomato and coconut, infused with lemon grass, kaffir lime and curry leaves and mustard seeds.
  • Sides: each main dish will be served with coconut Basmati rice and an array of roasted root vegetables.
  • Dessert: A real delight! Beetroot and ricotta samosas with raisins & coconut, lightly flavoured with a little cardamom and drizzled with honey & lime syrup.
Sorry folks: even though 2 dates were available, they are both already over-subscribed

Contact

For all reservations, please contact Sharon on 05-45-22-87-36