Monthly Archives: July 2014

RFD friendships — and a parade of culinary invention

One of the delights of writing this blog is the connection we make with people, usually electronically but often in person. Since regular readers of Radio Free Daglan obviously love southwest France, and either own holiday homes near us or … Continue reading

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Thunder! Lightning! Tour de France!

No, you probably didn’t spot us on the televised coverage of yesterday’s Stage 19 of the 2014 Tour de France. But there we were, huddled under umbrellas in pouring rain, listening to the rumbles of thunder, hoping that a lightning … Continue reading

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Melon mania

Each year, strawberries appear surprisingly early in this part of France, and they are delicious. But the strawberries’ arrival tends to get the taste buds tingling and the mind racing forward to summer. In turn, that leads to a symptom … Continue reading

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A pretty perfect chicken (by memory)

A few days ago, I decided that it was time again to make one of my favourite recipes (Volaille Fermière au Vinaigre, or Farmhouse Chicken in Vinegar Sauce) from my favourite cookbook (Saveur Cooks Authentic French). It was only after … Continue reading

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“Very good”: another starred restaurant in the GDA

For really special meals, my wife Jan and I head to one of the Michelin-starred restaurants in the Greater Daglan Area — places like Le Grand Bleu in Sarlat and Le Vieux Logis in Trémolat, each of which has a … Continue reading

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A Bastille Day breather

We are in the thick of Overload Season — that two-month period when tourists pour into the Greater Daglan Area, far-off friends come to visit, and people with holiday homes in the GDA arrive to spend a week or two … Continue reading

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Hearty fare in fair Toulouse

My wife Jan and I knew that we were in for a tiring morning yesterday (Tuesday), but we were buoyed by the fact that we could look forward to relaxing over a very long lunch. And that’s exactly what we … Continue reading

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