Tomato & Gin Soup

Believe us, this combo of flavours works perfectly for this tasty soup that we recently served at our first ever Gintastic weekend Ingredients (serves 6) 1 kg of ripe tomatoes, halved 2 tablespoons of freshly chopped thyme 2 tablespoons of freshly chopped sage 1 tablespoon of freshly chopped (or dried) oregano 1 large onion, roughly ….

Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons

Raymond Blanc’s French Masterpiece   Just 8 miles from the spires of Oxford, set amongst resplendent gardens, chef Raymond Blanc has created his French masterpiece – the 2 Michelin Star Le Manoir Aux Quat’ Saisons. Rounding off our joint 50th birthday year, we were treated by dear friends to a wonderful lunch, 10 years since ….

Competition Time

Win one of three France 2020 Calendars! With a great photo of France for every month of the year – you can circle the dates you’ll be staying at La Villa in 2020 !! We are giving away three copies in our October 2019 competition – with a simple question: When will La Villa de Mazamet ….

Traveller’s Choice Award 2020

  Could it be 10 in a row? As of writing this post, we have received a staggering 793 reviews on our Trip Advisor page. The generosity of both time & kind comments of our guests is always very much appreciated and the reviews heartwarming for us to read. Trip Advisor has, for both travellers ….

Ratatouille

There are few dishes more French than ratatouille… my recipe is far from traditional but, dare I say, one of the best you’ll ever taste !   I have been making ratatouille at La Villa for more than 10 years.  It’s a great accompaniment (especially in spring & autumn) for a number of main courses ….

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 ….

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