Mini Banana Breads

Our little breakfast treats are always a favourite with guests… and our mini banana breads are THE most popular   Ingredients (Makes 9) 75gms of soften unsalted butter 143 grams of plain flour 112 grams of golden caster sugar 1 teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda 50ml of milk 2 ripe bananas 1 egg 1 teaspoon ….

Best Pasta Sauce – ever!

If you love pasta, you’ll love this tomato & basil sauce     I make this in a large batch as it’s perfect as a sauce over plain pasta or filled ravioli; fantastic for adding into dishes like lasagne or baked cannelloni – or, reduced down, can even be used as a pizza sauce too. ….

Planning a cycle trip for 2020? – look no further than Mazamet!

Come take a look at why choosing La Villa de Mazamet would be a great choice for your next cycling adventure. Mazamet really does have it all for those who love to cycle. With 28 pre-planned cycle routes, stunning vistas & quite roads, a 65km cycle path….and the 120km training route of Mazamet’s cycling legend ….

Rhubarb, Ginger & Orange Sabayon

Zingy & Zesty, a perfect pud year-round     Ingredients (makes 8) 500 grams of rhubarb, cut into 2cm lengths 100 grams of caster sugar 2 star anise 200 ml of double cream, whipped 250 gram pot of mascarpone 3 tablespoons of Grand Marnier or Cointreau 3 tablespoons of marmalade 4 cm of ginger, peeled ….

Chicken, Mushroom & Leek Terrine

A perfect make-ahead starter This is a bit fiddly to make but worth it – and will portion to about 12. Ingredients Six chicken breasts Poaching spices (2 bay leaves, 10 whole black peppercorns, salt, pepper, 2 garlic gloves, 1 cup white wine) 4 Leeks 500 grams of a mix of mushrooms Bunch of tarragon ….

A Day in Castres

Mazamet’s larger neighbour “Castres” is just 15 mins away by car or train. Well worth a visit when staying at La Villa! Built around the banks of the river Agout, and pre-dating the Roman’s influence in the region, Castres’ most well known vista is of the medieval coloured houses which remind you of Florence. Castres ….

Lautrec… a quintessentially French village

Just 30 mins from Mazamet, Lautrec is full of charm & is becoming a foodie hotspot. Like many small towns & villages, its fortunes ebb & flow. Lautrec, just 30 mins (35 km) from Mazamet, seems to be on the up with a number of new eateries & boutique shops opening in recent years; and ….

Free Shuttle to the Lac des Montagnès

Fancy a cooling dip, a leisurely walk, or a long lazy lunch?   Mazamet’s Lac des Montagnès is a beautiful reservoir located just 10 mins outside of the town, at an altitude of nearly 750m. With restaurants, mini golf, tree-top adventure park, Lac’Cro Parc, it’s a beautifully maintained facility and always 5 degrees cooler than ….

Heading over the border… a few days en Espagne !

Just 2 1/2 hours from Mazamet, on the outskirts of a medieval Spanish village, a haven of peace awaits. With so many wonderful places to visit & stay in France, we don’t often feature properties in Spain… so why the exception?  Well, we loved it and thought you might too! And, with many of our ….

Prawn & Mango Salad

Perfect for a warm summer’s evening – our Prawn & Mango salad has been a hit this season.   Ingredients (serves 4-6) 2 large, ripe, mangos 2 large juicy limes Large pack of cooked prawns (about 500 grams) 12 cherry tomatoes 4 endives Bunch of coriander & chives 2 pots of natural yoghurt Shell the ….

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