My Top 5 Dordogne Delights for the Tastebuds
To put you in the picture, I am the Finance Manager at Macs Adventure and I am usually sitting behind a desk, up to my ears in figures and all things accounting. However last month I was lucky enough to get out of the office, put on my walking boots and accompany one of our Product Managers, Sally to research new adventures in the Dordogne. I absolutely love France and all things French. Don’t know why in particular (was it because I secretly fancied my French teacher at high school in 1981) but there is just something about the language, the people, and the accent that I find particularly appealing but above everything I love the food and wine the best. The Dordogne area is famous for foie gras and there are literally about 3 or 4 shops in each village devoted to selling foie gras, but the concept of foie gras did not appeal to me so I never sampled it. So, from a walker’s perspective, what culinary delights are there to behold in the Dordogne? Here are my top 5.
Plain croissants, pain au chocolat and pain au raisin. Buttery and lovely and washed down with a café au lait - c’est fantastique. A great way to start the day.
Honestly, the baguettes in France are the nicest bread in the world. Most days, Sally and I went to a deli in the village (every village has one) and they made up a baguette with tuna, tomato, salad (their reference to "salade" just means lettuce) or ham. Absolutely huge and delicious and just what you needed on your walk through the woods. We even contemplated taking some baguettes home with us they are so good but we refrained as we were over our luggage allowance. [caption id="attachment_18356" align="aligncenter" width="225"] Gorgeous salmon terrine starter[/caption]
Sally and I shared a salad and piz
za in Sarat - the salade nicoise was so fresh and full of tuna, boiled eggs, anchovies and olives. But in general all salads, a speciality salad of the area is walnut, come with a fabulous dressing which makes them all the more delicious. Très bonne!
Tarte aux Pommes
For me this was the nicest desert I have had in a long time. We were fortunate to find a lovely restaurant called L’Ancre D’or (the Gold Anchor) in La Roque Gageac which did a 3 course dinner for 15 euros each. The choice of pudding was crème caramel or tarte aux pommes. We chose the tarte and we were not disappointed. It came with ice cream and was amazing - so much so we had the same desert the next day.
What better thing to wash down a lovely meal? I was particular fond of the local wine made in the Bergerac region. Not too sweet but not too tart. A half carafe of house rose worked out at about £4.50 – a bargain.