Busy Hot Summer Days

Although the stock has departed to pastures new we are still working, we’ve had private birthday celebrations and historical picnics this week, far too hot to be outside but thank goodness the barn is relatively cool. The last remaining sheep are sheltering in the barn during the hot hours but the geese wander at liberty, stately as galleons they waltz across the lawn, vigorous guard dogs, they hiss and honk at all strangers, washing frequently in the filled buckets at the well. The bees are drinking lots of water and I’ve checked the supers, full and heavy with honey, how wonderful. We will be hosting a Honey Festival on
October 27, 2.00pm till 5.00pm, with honey for sale and honey cake for tea.

We are open for Sunday lunch this weekend 26 September, closed Sunday 2nd September, open Sunday 9 September and 16 September and 30 September, then closed till the Honey Festival. During which time I am hoping to be introduced to my two grandchildren due to be born around that time….

So here is the menu for this Sunday, 26 August 2018

Beignet des Legumes/ Tempura fried vegetables, served with lemon and Sea Salt

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

Pavlova Meringue 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.
Siret No. 504 687 419 00011
APE. 0150Z

Busy Hot Summer Days

Although the stock has departed to pastures new we are still working, we’ve had private birthday celebrations and historical picnics this week, far too hot to be outside but thank goodness the barn is relatively cool. The last remaining sheep are sheltering in the barn during the hot hours but the geese wander at liberty, stately as galleons they waltz across the lawn, vigorous guard dogs, they hiss and honk at all strangers, washing frequently in the filled buckets at the well. The bees are drinking lots of water and I’ve checked the supers, full and heavy with honey, how wonderful. We will be hosting a Honey Festival on
October 27, 2.00pm till 5.00pm, with honey for sale and honey cake for tea.

We are open for Sunday lunch this weekend 26 September, closed Sunday 2nd September, open Sunday 9 September and 16 September and 30 September, then closed till the Honey Festival. During which time I am hoping to be introduced to my two grandchildren due to be born around that time….

So here is the menu for this Sunday, 26 August 2018

Beignet des Legumes/ Tempura fried vegetables, served with lemon and Sea Salt

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

Pavlova Meringue 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.
Siret No. 504 687 419 00011
APE. 0150Z

Easter Greetings from Le Maine Meunier

Easter Greetings from Le Maine Meunier Ferme Auberge

Amidst this wet, windy weather and mud there are signs of future warm and balmy days. The lambs are all sturdy and beginning to eat the slowly growing grass, the buds have burst on the horse chestnut and the bees are very hungry, so feeding them with sugar syrup is essential during these rainy days or they may starve. If it is dry for a couple of hours you can see them collecting pollen but it’s too wet and cold for nectar, and they will have exhausted their winter stores. The Queen may well have started laying, and, like us, they are longing for sun and warmth. So sugar syrup is poured into a feeder in the top of the hive to tide them through till the sun shines and the nectar flows.

This is the time of the year that, traditionally, we comb the fields and woods for early green herbs and edible leaves, currently called foraging, there are the early sorrel , dandelion and alexanders, wild garlic, chives and even new hawthorn leaves. These would, in pre supermarket, times have made a welcome change from salted and preserved winter food. You can still spot the odd keen forager gathering greens to refresh the winter jaded palate. There are also the new nettles, only a few inches high but packed with vitamin c and iron that gathered with rubber gloves make a fabulous soup, and soon will come the asparagus, both wild and cultivated, a gorgeous treat…..soon.

Le Maine Meunier Ferme Auberge opening with The Dan Jones And L ‘Ensemble Arisan’ for a Lazy Sunday Afternoon of Glorious Food and Fabulous Music

We are opening again for the season with a spectacular Sunday, temperatures about 18C so you can wander around the farm, we have lambs gambolling in the fields, the grass may well have had its first cut, the early blossom will be out and The Dan Jones L ‘Ensemble Arisan’ will be playing a selection of classical, contemporary and folk music between courses. The atmosphere will be welcoming and gently time will pass, chill out and relax, wander around the gardens, the wood fires will be blazing and lunch will be served between musical interludes.

Menu for Sunday Lunch 8 April 2018. 12-12.30 start.

Asparagus, Feta and Chive Tarte served with Spring Salad

Salt-baked Leg of Lamb with Salsa Verdi
Or
Roast Gascony Noir Pork Stuffed with cognac Prunes
Both served with Dauphinois Potatoes and Seasonal Vegetables

Vegetarian Option :- Aubergines with Crushed Chickpeas served on Basmati rice and Orzo with Herb Yoghourt – please request when booking

Almond and Orange Gateau with Orange and Cardamom Syrup
Or
Pavlova Meringues with Chantilly Cream and Redfruit Coulis

27€ per person.

If you have an anniversary or birthday to celebrate, please let us know when booking, we are very happy to provide a little cake and candle to help you celebrate…but you will have to sing, we sound like strangled cats!

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

Early Summer is Glorious

We are not open this coming weekend as we are making a flying visit to the UK to celebrate a family birthday (85th) and a Diamond wedding anniversary and it’s going to rain the whole time we are there. It’s going to rain here too which is great as I have just planted all the tomatoes, courgettes, aubergines, melons, sweet corn and pumpkins, so rain is just great for getting them growing, sorry if you have plans which would be better if it was sunny and dry, but we gardeners love a drop of the wet stuff.

The sheep have been moved to new pasture, the pigs are in their summer quarters, together and smooching, the rabbits have been cleaned out and are frisky with new bedding and hay, the feed bins are full, the checklist is done and Beau the lab cross setter is refusing to leave my side, one whiff of a suitcase and he knows we are off! Swampy just potters about but Beau is sighing deeply, grabbing shoes, socks, shopping bags, in fact anything and taking them to his bed. I think he worries more about not being fed….or is that anthropomorphism?

Anyway, we will be back in time for Sunday 28 May which is Fete des Mères and here is the menu:-

Asparagus and Feta Tarte with salad

Crispy Roast Duck with Coriander and Scallion Salsa
Or
Salt crust baked leg of lamb with Salsa Verdi
Or Vegetarian option if requested
All served with Dauphinois potatoes and seasonal vegetables.

Salad and Cheese

Dark Chocolate and Cherry torte with red berry coulis and Creme Fraiche
Or
Pavlova meringues with fresh Strawberries and Chantilly Cream

27€ per person, 10€ per child under 10

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

New Year Greetings

Well, that’s Christmas over for another year and the winter solstice, the year slowly turns. The frosts are welcome and so pretty but I still grumble as I defrost the water for the animals, still we haven’t had many, yet! Or snow here, though I know many have, if it arrives I hope it stays long enough to be enjoyed and then goes quickly. We have our Gascony Noir Sow, Maggie due to farrow on Thursday, she is busy ‘nest building’ and hasn’t eaten her supper tonight, all signs of imminent action……I’ll let you know.
We are not open for New Years Eve, so I hope you all enjoy seeing 2015 in and it brings you all Health and Happiness.
May we take this opportunity to thank our patrons for all there support and enthusiasm over the last year; we have enjoyed your company and your custom. Thank you.
We are open on Sunday January 4th for lunch

Christmas Quiz and Classical Guitar Concert

LAST CALL FOR CHRISTMAS QUIZ on Saturday 7th December, 7.30 for 8.00pm
A jolly evening of seasonal questions, supper and laughter, come with friends to make a team or as couples, try and challenge our winning team to the prizes of tickets for future events, Christmas Hamper and many more prizes.Below is the menu, but I will be cooking for vegetarians and wheat allergies too! Just let me know when you book.
Oven Baked Chicken in a Parsley, Parmesan and Garlic Crumb Coating with tomato and chilli salsa
or
Deep Fried Rabbit in a Parmesan Crumb Coating with Tomato and Chilli Salsa
Both served with Jacket Chips and Salad
Mince Pies with Chantilly Custard Cream
or
Marsala Poached Raisin Créme Brulée
€14 per person Reservations being taken now on 05 45 25 55 28 or email us at lemainemeunier@gmail.com
FUTURE EVENTS
Concert of Classical Guitar Music with Dan Jones and Tapas Supper both sweet and savoury €15 per person
An evening of sublime music with tapas served between the performances, so time to chat with your friends, listen to Dan’s marvellous music, eat, drink and relax before the Christmas Festivities.Bookings being taken now on 05 45 25 55 28 or email us at lemainemeunier@gmail.com
We are open for Sunday Lunch 7th December and Christmas Special on Sunday 14th December.
thereafter we will be closed till after Christmas.
Full Menu 25€ per person, Wine 14€ per bottle, Red, White and Rosé
For reservations please phone us at 05 45 25 55 28 or email us at lemainemeunier@gmail.com
For map and further information, visit us at www.lemainemeunier.com
Siret no:- 504 687 419 00011 APE 0150Z
Mike and I look forward to welcoming you

 

Christmas Quiz Saturday 7th December

Christmas Quiz on Saturday December 7th.
We have many tables already booked, so grab some friends and join in the fun of our last Quiz this year, the menu will be:-
Oven Baked Chicken in a Parsley, Parmesan and Garlic Crumb Coating
or
Deep Fried Rabbit in a Parmesan Crumb Coating with Tomato and Chilli Salsa
served with Jacket Chips and Salad
Mince Pies with Chantilly Custard Cream
or
Marsala Poached Raisin Créme Brulée
€14 per person Reservations being taken now on 05 45 25 55 28 or email us at lemainemeunier@gmail.com

 

Christmas Greetings

The animals are all bedded down on fresh deep straw,  clean and sweet hay is available to all,even the pigs, they love munching hay. The sheep are finally in their new paddock that Mike finished in deep mud and rain. They are wandering around with so much fresh grass you can almost see them grinning. The goats are in the barn and are enjoying their daily treat of banana skins! A goat will do anything for a banana skin, though they don’t care for the banana itself, perfect arrangement for all concerned really!

We packed and introduced our house sitters to the routine of the animal feeding and house fires etc, rearranged the ferry, which had been cancelled! Then left Le Maine Meunier for the UK…….
We are here, in the bosom of our families and we wish you a very Happy Christmas, full of laughter, good will and contentment.

Paye-Basque Pig and other stories

 

Well, he is in the freezer, in various forms!! He weighed 180 kilos and went as quietly as a lamb, but it did have unforeseen repercussions! What?, who? I hear you asking, well it was Big Pig, the Paye-Basque with the big floppy ears over his eyes and the character of ‘don’t mind me, Eeyore’ of Winnie the Pooh fame.
When the butcher came to joint him, he had pursed lips and much tutting, ‘this pig is too fat and not a good carcass’; he moaned through the whole morning, sighing and generally making me feel quite despondent. I did manage to press a couple of small pieces onto him and his wife to try, just to taste, and off they went, shaking their heads over the silly Brits.We spent the rest of the day making sausages etc.
Next morning they were back, with a new little pig to keep the other, now Big Pig, company, wreathed in smiles,’ the taste, its fantastic, very very good meat, good idea to try different breeds, however he was still too fat!! They went home with some sausages, slightly converted to’Brit madness’ They do have a point, older breeds are much fatter than modern streamlined porkers, but the taste of the older races is fantastic and in older times we needed the calories of a fat pig to keep us through the winters, no supermarkets then!!
The other pig, now with a new companion, caused us some excitement too. Last Friday, just as we finished serving lunch, our friend Mad Madge from over the Hill, came roaring into the yard, horn blaring, shouting ‘Have you lost a pig?
We had, he had gone walkabout, out of the paddock, in search of a wilder life in Montmoreau, there he was, on the D16, below the farm; probably planning on an early aperitif in the Piment Rouge before clubbing!! It was pouring with rain, we dashed down with a bucket of food, waved and smiled to the cars with flashing lights (how embarrassing!) and walked piggie home. He came without a fuss, poor chap was terrified and slept round the clock. He and new pigwig slept late this morning, bless!
I am typing this with the temporary kitten, Bok, chasing Swampy round the sofa, jumping on his tail and generally causing mayhem!!
So this week we are serving PORK! paye-basque pork and delicious it is too……..
Friday Lunch – a new idea of a 15€ menu, Soup,  Sausages or Faggots with Colcannon Mash and Onion Gravy followed by Plum Crumble and Custard and a glass of wine. In fact, if you are prepared to try the faggots, you can have the meal for 14€!!! Go on I dare you!!! We had them for supper tonight, scrummy!!

Farewell to the Canadians and Redwood Review

We said a sad farewell to out two young Canadians this week, after three months of their jolly company, we and the animals will miss their youth and vitality. As an example of the youth of their country, they were great, hard working, noisy, full of enthusiasm for everything we asked of them except perhaps weeding!! They have chased sheep, helped with the shearing and worming, nursed a sick rabbit back to health, foster-parented an abandoned pigeon chick till it fledged (?) bought on guineau-fowl to slaughter weight, and then ate them!! Cared, fed and mucked out pigs, goats,rabbits and ducks, assisted at the Blues Passions Concerts in Cognac, the farmers evening markets, and were charming to all the guests in the ferme auberge, helping wait at tables and wash up, they were magnificent and a tribute to Canada.We shall miss them!
 
We had a great evening last Saturday with Redwood playing their lovely music and singing, our guests enjoyed our barbecue and Rose meringues supper, singing and dancing till gone midnight, lovely evening for us too as we finished in the kitchen early enough to join our guests for the last hour of fun. If you missed it this time, we are repeating the event on Saturday 1st September at 8.00pm.