Honey Festival on Saturday 27 October

Honey Festival at Le Maine Meunier Chavenat on Saturday 27th October 2.00-5.00pm

This Saturday afternoon we are hosting a Honey Festival at Le Maine Meunier.
There will most definitely be honey for tea, or rather Honey cakes, varying sorts, and tea/coffee for a small charge, and the chance to learn about bees, how they interact with us and the environment.
There will be a display of beekeeping equipment and experienced beekeepers to chat to.
There will be honey and bee products for sale, and tastings too of different honeys.
If you are feeling brave you may wander up to the two active beehives in the woods and observe the bees from a safe distance.
We will be open from 2.00-5.00pm and will welcome you and your family for an interesting afternoon, please let me know if you are coming by emailing me on lemainemeunier@icloud.com or call me on 05 45 25 55 28.

For Map and further information please visit us at www.lemainemeunier.com
Mike and I look forward to welcoming you.
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Honey Festival and Autumn approaches

Autumn is just beginning to make its presence felt with the odd misty morning and a tiny hint of coolness at dawn. My neighbour has already started to comb the woods for the first mushrooms and I’ve been harvesting honey. Our bees are still busy collecting pollen but they no longer flock to the well where we have an old concrete bowl with stones in which we keep filled with water for the bees, essential for their honey making. As it has been so dry, apparently the flowers were not producing so much nectar, so the amount of honey is down, but it still tastes as sweet. Feeding the bees with sugar syrup will be very necessary this year and I have left a few half filled combs of honey for them too, which they are using now, though the ivy is about to bloom, the last feast before the winter.

HONEY FESTIVAL SATURDAY 28 October at Le Maine Meunier Chavenat. 2.00-5.00pm
We will be hosting the honey festival again this year, where you are welcome to come and taste different honeys, buy locally produced honeys from local beekeepers, learn about bees and how you can help ensure they have a welcome in your garden. There will be tea/coffee and Honey Cakes to try.
Local producers are welcome to sell their honey and bee products.
For further information call me on 05 45 25 55 28 or email me at lemainemeunier@icloud.com

We are open this Sunday 16 September 2018 for Lunch and our menu is:-

Beignet des Legumes/ tempura fried vegetables, served with sea salt and Lemon

Pot roasted Lamb with Cranberries and Shallots
Or
Honey Roasted Lemon Rabbit
Or
Avocado, Quinoa and Toasted Pumpkin Seed Salad Pot with Chickpeas and green beans

Pavlova Meringues with Raspberries, fruit Coulis and Chantilly Cream
Or
Blackberry and Apple Crumble with Creme Anglais.

27€ per person, 10€ per child. Wine, red, white or rosé, 15€ a bottle

For reservations please call us on 05 45 25 55 28. Mob – 06 31 36 14 44
Or email us at – lemainemeunier@icloud.com

For Map and further information please visit us at www.lemainemeunier.com
Mike and I look forward to welcoming you.
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APE. 0150Z

Weddings and Cats

We have just finished catering for another lovely wedding, this time with a difference, they were predominantly vegetarian, with a sprinkling of meat eaters and vegans, quite a change from our fabulous lamb or pork spit roasted tournebroche, however, change is a challenge and judging from the appetites, all went down well.

We also have an unusual guest who comes and goes as he sees fit, he is a Maine Coon cat, who belongs to a neighbour across the valley who has many, many cats and he seems to like our barn and home comforts, he’s a very big neutered Tom, very affectionate, and comes and stays every few days and then disappears home, presumably, for a few days, then reappears. He is sitting on a chair as I write, I’ve taken him to the vets, he’s chipped, so Madame was informed and collected him home….but he is back….the legal side is…if I tell the vet he’s a stray he is duty bound to inform the owner….but no one has told the cat. I’ve just made sure my cats are suitably protected from bugs, viruses etc. We make these rules, but cats don’t abide by them.

We are open this weekend, and here is the menu:-

Beignet des Legumes- Tempura Fried Vegetables served with Lemon and Sea salt

Roast Gascony Noir Pork stuffed with Cognac Prunes
Or
Mediterranean Chicken with Capers, Olives and Bulgur Wheat Salad.
Or
Roasted Mediterranean Vegetable Tart with Salad

Pavlova Meringues with Summer Fruit Coulis and Chantilly Cream
Or
Blackcurrant Cream Sorbet with Lavender Shortbread

27€ per person, 10€ per child. Wine, red, white or rosé, 15€ a bottle

For reservations please call us on 05 45 25 55 28. Mob – 06 31 36 14 44
Or email us at – lemainemeunier@icloud.com

For Map and further information please visit us at www.lemainemeunier.com
Mike and I look forward to welcoming you.
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Times, they are a’ changin’

Today is an odd day at Le Maine Meunier Farm, apart from five pre ordered lambs we have no animals on the farm. Well, a few geese, ducks and chickens, but our pigs, Paddy and Maeve and her nine piglets have gone, as have the entire flock of Ewes, lambs and Rams. We are retiring at the end of the year, so have been delighted that Franklins Farm have taken our stock to continue those particular bloodlines. Franklins Farm produce fabulous lamb and pork products, and are conscientious, environmentally sound, enthusiastic farmers that we are delighted to promote, they work incredibly hard and are worthy of all our support. I shall certainly be buying from them eventually.

Meanwhile the farm is oddly quiet, one cannot rear a range of animals, selectively breed strong meat producing animals in good conditions without some emotional attachment. Naming your breeding stock involves a gentle sort of care, actually, some humour too. One of our Ewes is named after one of Mike’s long gone Welsh Aunts, Rowena, long in the nose and very noisy, another was first in the bucket, loud and very bossy…I won’t tell you whom she was named after. Then I had Pantoufle, Souffle and Girofle, who have produced many good lambs, Dorothy who was bottle reared, Doniniqua whom my daughter named as a stroppy teenager and so it goes on, Mike is missing the pigs, I’m missing the sheep, but, hey! We are retiring and decisions have to be made. Despite our youthful appearance ( should have gone to specsave!) we are collecting our pensions and grandchildren are arriving, and parents are requiring care, so we will open a few more times for Sunday Lunch and various special events. Watch this space.

We are open this Sunday 19 August for lunch and our menu is:-

Beignet des Legumes/Tempura Fried Vegetables served with Lemon and Sea Salt

Pot Roasted Shoulder of Lamb with Cranberries and Shallots
Or
Rabbit with Mustard and Tarragon in a white wine and cream Sauce with Buttered Noodles
Or
Chermoula Aubergine with Bulgar Wheat Salad.

Yoghourt Gateau with Pistachio, lemon and Cardamom
Or
Pavlova Meringues with Chantilly Cream and Fresh Summer Fruits

27€ per person, 10€ per child. Wine, red, white or rosé, 15€ a bottle

For reservations please call us on 05 45 25 55 28. Mob – 06 31 36 14 44
Or email us at – lemainemeunier@icloud.com

For Map and further information please visit us at www.lemainemeunier.com
Mike and I look forward to welcoming you.
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APE. 0150Z

Dan Jones on Sunday 5 and Tournebroche Lamb Roast

Dan Jones and L ‘Ensemble Arisan are playing here at Le Maine Meunier Ferme Auberge on Sunday 5 August over a long and lazy lunch. The music is a varied selection of classical, folk and French and will be played between courses. The menu will be :-

Mediterranean Roasted Vegetable and Ricotta Tart and Salad

Whole lamb roasted on a tournebroche, served with chilli jam and Mint and garlic Fromage Blanc, seasonal vegetables and / or Salad and sauté potatoes
Or
Chicken Breasts and Sun dried Tomatoes with Tarragon and Paprika Sauce
Or
Courgette and Herb Filo Pie with Feta

Brown Sugar Pavlova with Roasted Peaches, Raspberries and Greek Yoghourt Chantilly
Or
Blackcurrant Cream Sorbet with Lavender Shortbread

27€ per person 10 € children under 10 years.
For reservations contact us on 05 45 25 55 28 or email us at lemainemeunier@icloud.com
Mob – 06 31 36 14 44

For Map and further information please visit us at www.lemainemeunier.com
Mike and I look forward to welcoming you.
Last night I heard something sizeable on the gravel, the dogs were barking furiously. I knew everything is safely shut up for the night, so grunted and dozed off. This morning I discovered all my lettuces had been eaten and something had left a sizeable deposit, soft, unformed and full of stoned fruits, probably plums…I rather think it was a lone young, male boar rather than a deer…or am I wrong?….whoever said life was dull in the countryside.
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Heat, trees, Shade and Dan Jones plays Sunday 5 August

As temperatures rise the countryside falls silent, apart from the cockerels who are still carrying out vocal battles for supremacy. Animals and humans seek the shade, and even the plants do better when provided with shade at some time of the day. The agroforestry idea that is gaining popularity across France is not a new idea, it’s ancient. Planting trees around the edge of a crop, at least ten metres apart, anchors soils, improves biodiversity, which means insects that will control other insect pests, and provides wood for the future. If you stand under the shade of a tree the temperature drops a few degrees and humidity is higher, better than the shade provided by a building…..having said that, we’ve opened the barn for the sheep to come into during the middle of the day, and they do, but the dominant sheep still hog the shade under the two trees in the paddock and Beau, our black dog lays on the tiles in the downstairs loo, whilst Swampy lies under the shade of the trees in the garden, each to their own I guess. Keep cool wherever you are.

Dan Jones and L ‘Ensemble Arisan are playing here at Le Maine Meunier Ferme Auberge on Sunday 5 August over a long and lazy lunch. The music is a varied selection of classical, folk and French and will be played between courses. The menu may be :-
Mediterranean Roasted Vegetable and Ricotta Tart and Salad

Salt-baked Leg of Lamb with Salsa Verdi or, if numbers are sufficient, we may do a lamb roasted on the tournebroche spit……
Or
Chicken Breasts and Sun dried Tomatoes with Tarragon and Paprika Sauce
Or
Courgette and Herb Filo Pie with Feta

Brown Sugar Pavlova with Roasted Peaches, Raspberries and Greek Yoghourt Chantilly
Or
Blackcurrant Cream Sorbet with Lavender Shortbread

27€ per person 10 € children under 10 years.
For reservations contact us on 05 45 25 55 28 or email us at lemainemeunier@icloud.com

We are open this Sunday 29 July for Lunch and the menu is:-

Tomato, Dijon Mustard and Goats Cheese Tart with Salad

Mediterranean Chicken in a Pesto Sauce with Olives, Mozzarella and Bulgur Wheat
Or
Roast Gascony Noir Loin of Pork stuffed with Cognac infused Prunes
Or
Avocado, Roast Red Onions, Chickpea and Feta Bowl

Chocolate and Raspberry Gateau with Raspberry Coulis and Cream
Or
Pavlova Meringues with Chantilly Cream and Fresh Raspberries

25€ per person, 10€ per child. Wine, red, white or rosé, 15€ a bottle

For reservations please call us on 05 45 25 55 28. Mob – 06 31 36 14 44
Or email us at – lemainemeunier@icloud.com

For Map and further information please visit us at www.lemainemeunier.com
Mike and I look forward to welcoming you.
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APE. 0150Z

Dan Jones and L’ Ensemble Arisan play a Lazy Sunday

Dan Jones and L’ Ensemble Arisan are once again coming to perform over a long, lazy Sunday Lunch and Afternoon on Sunday 5th August at Le Maine Meunier Ferme Auberge in Chavenat. We will be serving a delicious three course meal and you are welcome to stay all afternoon. If the weather isn’t too hot they may well play outside and you may like to eat your lunch under the shade of the trees, or, of course, in the cool of the Auberge Barn. For reservations, at 27€ per person, 10€ per child under ten years, please call us on 05 45 25 55 28 or email us at lemainemeunier@icloud.com.

Life on the farm is slow and gentle, the animals eat and then doze in the heat of the day, before the village clock strikes noon, they have found a shady nook to while away the hot hours. The cocks always like to crow just as I’m also dozing in the hammock, darn them. Then as the afternoon wanes, the pigs wander out and flop into the mud pool, piglets around the edge like some bizarre medieval feast platter and the sheep begin to eat the grass where the tree shadows fall. The ducks have a wash and brush up and the chickens dust bathe, and we begin to weed and water and harvest the garden, again hugging the shade….summer, don’t you just love it!

We are open this Sunday 22 July for Lunch and will be serving:-

Ricotta and Roasted Mediterranean Vegetable Tart with Garden Salad

Roast Gascony Noir Pork with Fennel and Rosemary
Served with Balsamic baked Shallots and Potatoes and garden vegetables
Or
Roast Chicken with Chorizo butter stuffing
Served with Baked baby Peppers and Potatoes and garden vegetables
Or
Roasted Red Onion, Quinoa and Chickpea Salad with toasted Pumpkin Seeds

Brown sugar Pavlova with Roasted Apricots and Peaches and Vanilla Greek Yoghourt
Or
Blackcurrant Cream Sorbet with Lavender Shortbread

25€ per person, 10€ per child. Wine, red, white or rosé, 15€ a bottle

For reservations please call us on 05 45 25 55 28. Mob – 06 31 36 14 44
Or email us at – lemainemeunier@icloud.com

For Map and further information please visit us at www.lemainemeunier.com
Mike and I look forward to welcoming you.
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APE. 0150Z

Football and Fete National

Evenings on the farm are beautiful at this time of the year, every animal enjoys the coolness, the piglets come out to play, following Mum as she forages in the grass for the early drop apples we toss her. The Boar dozes on a nest of crushed greenery, allowing the mud to dry, rolling and scratching occasionally.
The birds are still singing, and we have nightingales in the woods behind us. The sheep move back into the paddocks, following the shadows, to begin the nights grazing. During the day though, most are sheltering in the shade, me included.
We are open for Sunday lunch, however after Saurday’s frolics and with tension building for the football finals on Sunday evening, will we see many of you?
I think a gentle Sunday lunch will restore you and prepare you for the rigours of the World Cup…or to doze right through it!

Our Menu for Sunday 15 July is :-

Twice-baked Cheese Soufflé with Parmesan Cream

Pot-roasted shoulder of Lamb with Shallot and Cranberry Sauce.
Or
Honey Roasted Lemon Rabbit

Both served with New Potatoes and Seasonal Vegetables

Vegetarian Option – New Potato Salad with Olives, Capers, seasonal vegetables and Soft boiled eggs and Feta

Summer Berry Mousse Cake with Red Berry Sauce
Or
Pavlova Meringues with Blackcurrant Coulis and Chantilly Cream

25€ per person, 10€ per child. Wine, red, white or rosé, 15€ a bottle

For reservations please call us on 05 45 25 55 28. Mob – 06 31 36 14 44
Or email us at – lemainemeunier@icloud.com

For Map and further information please visit us at www.lemainemeunier.com
Mike and I look forward to welcoming you.
Siret No. 504 687 419 00011
APE. 0150Z

Football and Fete National

Evenings on the farm are beautiful at this time of the year, every animal enjoys the coolness, the piglets come out to play, following Mum as she forages in the grass for the early drop apples we toss her. The Boar dozes on a nest of crushed greenery, allowing the mud to dry, rolling and scratching occasionally.
The birds are still singing, and we have nightingales in the woods behind us. The sheep move back into the paddocks, following the shadows, to begin the nights grazing. During the day though, most are sheltering in the shade, me included.
We are open for Sunday lunch, however after Saurday’s frolics and with tension building for the football finals on Sunday evening, will we see many of you?
I think a gentle Sunday lunch will restore you and prepare you for the rigours of the World Cup…or to doze right through it!

Our Menu for Sunday 15 July is :-

Twice-baked Cheese Soufflé with Parmesan Cream

Pot-roasted shoulder of Lamb with Shallot and Cranberry Sauce.
Or
Honey Roasted Lemon Rabbit

Both served with New Potatoes and Seasonal Vegetables

Vegetarian Option – New Potato Salad with Olives, Capers, seasonal vegetables and Soft boiled eggs and Feta

Summer Berry Mousse Cake with Red Berry Sauce
Or
Pavlova Meringues with Blackcurrant Coulis and Chantilly Cream

25€ per person, 10€ per child. Wine, red, white or rosé, 15€ a bottle

For reservations please call us on 05 45 25 55 28. Mob – 06 31 36 14 44
Or email us at – lemainemeunier@icloud.com

For Map and further information please visit us at www.lemainemeunier.com
Mike and I look forward to welcoming you.
Siret No. 504 687 419 00011
APE. 0150Z

Thunderstorms and Nursery rhymes

‘The thunder roared,
The lightning flashed
And all the world was shaken,
The little pig, curled up his tail…..and ran to save his bacon’
I have no idea where that came from but my Grandmother used to say it to me whilst I sat on her lap….at least 60 years ago and, as I write, it seems highly appropriate. Beau, our lab cross setter is under the table, head on my foot, it’s as black as soot outside and yup! We have another storm growling overhead.
I am always impressed as a storm front approaches, the bees, both wild and honey, disappear, the birds gradually fall silent, the pigeons scurry into the barn, two seconds later the wind whips up, the sheep mooch into the shelter and the pigs curl up into their huts, babies snuggle in for a feed and finally, as the first thunderous drops fall, the boar follows in and lays at the entrance.
As I run before the deluge hits.
I’m growing sweet potatoes again this year, they really like intense heat and lots of rain….this is almost tropical.

We are open this weekend for Sunday lunch 8 July 2018

We are serving:-

Quinoa, chickpea and caramelised onion Salad with toasted pumpkin seeds

Chicken Pastilla – Filo pastry, dates, chicken and onion with Morrocan spices
Served with Rocket and Orange Salad and New Potatoes
Or
Roast Gascony Noir Pork stuffed with cognac infused prunes
Served with seasonal vegetables and new potatoes

Vegetarian option – courgette and herb filo tart with feta.

Blackcurrant Cream Sorbet with Lavender and Lemon Friands
Or
Pavlova Meringues with Chantilly Cream and red berry Coulis and strawberries.

25€ per person, 10€ per child. Wine, red, white or rosé, 15€ a bottle

For reservations please call us on 05 45 25 55 28. Mob – 06 31 36 14 44
Or email us at – lemainemeunier@icloud.com

For Map and further information please visit us at www.lemainemeunier.com
Mike and I look forward to welcoming you.
Siret No. 504 687 419 00011
APE. 0150Z