Late this morning we headed up above Daglan towards the hamlet of Le Peyruzel, having been invited to an open house at Cantegrel by friends Alex and Sophie. Little did we know that we would wind up in a wonderful world of kids making their own pizzas.
Alex and Sophie run three businesses. She is a baker and a cook (among other things, she prepares most of the meals for Le Thé Vert, Daglan’s popular tea room). Alex is a talented carpenter. And together they rent a large, fully-equipped yurt (the circular Mongolian tent, known as a yourte in French) in a wooded corner of their property. Today’s open house was meant to feature the baking that goes on in their wood-fired oven.
To start, here’s a view of the oven itself, which Alex was tending:
The idea was that people could make their own pizzas for lunch, to accompany a variety of salads and other goodies. Here’s the variety of toppings, all set to go:
Then the children got into the action — rolling out the dough, and then topping off their pizzas as they wished. (I missed seeing the funniest bit, that my wife Jan saw: A young girl first rolled out her dough; then an adult spooned the tomato sauce over it; and then the young girl proceeded to roll out the pizza some more — squishing sauce all over the place.) Here are some of the kids at work:
Here’s another view, showing the work area where the pizzas were prepared, before being carried to the wood oven:
And a close-up of one of the little chefs:
Once a child had prepared the pizza, he or she would carry it from the patio into the building where Alex was manning the oven. Here’s one of the masterpieces being pulled from the oven:
And here it is, being handed over to the little chef who made it (with proud parents standing by to help):
Once the pizzas were made, it was time for lunch. Here’s the lunch table with the little chefs munching away (and being amazingly well-behaved, it must be added):
After spending some time in the pizza-making centre, we wandered over to visit the yurt. Along the way, we visited briefly with the two donkeys that had been giving rides to the children earlier in the morning:
The yurt itself is a large circular structure that’s set onto a large wood platform, in a secluded wooded area. Here’s how it looks as you approach it:
Inside the yurt, here’s the sleeping area:
And here’s the kitchen area:
Finally, nearby the yurt is a wood cabin with toilets and a shower:
Okay, it’s not luxurious — but it seems like a charming (and romantic) place to commune with nature and, of course, enjoy all the attractions here in the GDA (Greater Daglan Area). If you’d like to know more about renting the yurt for a week or so, visit the Cantegrel website at http://www.cantegrel.eu