Friday, 27 September 2019

Tomato chutney

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tomato chutney 


I am always happy to while away a few hours in the kitchen making chutneys and preserves. This year the no dig vegetable garden here at De Tout Coeur Limousin has produced many kilogrammes of cherry tomatoes. Sweet, juicy and delicious fresh from the vine in salads, they are also a welcome addition to a jar or 7 of home made chutney. A tasty reminder of warmer summer days when the autumn turns to winter. 


This tomato chutney is based on my mum's recipe for an Indian tomato chutney from her days on an Indian vegetarian cookery course back in the 1980's. It has been a favourite since then, and the taste of it takes me right back to the first time I tried it as much smaller person. 


We love to eat this tomato chutney alongside curries and rice, with cheese on toast or to brighten up any dish that could do with a sweet, tomato-y zing. Bon appetit! 


Tomato chutney 


Recipe by Ema at De Tout Coeur Limousin

Makes about 5 x 450g jars 


Ingredients: 


1700g tomatoes

350g onion
160g pitted dates/sultanas
40g fresh ginger
40g garlic 
350g apple cider vinegar
200g dark brown sugar
2 tsps salt
fresh chillies/chilli powder to taste (optional) 


Method: 


Add all the ingredients (except the sugar) to a blender/food processor and mix to a rough paste. You will probably need to do this in batches. 

Add the blended ingredients to a large preserving pan with the sugar. Heat gently to melt the sugar, stirring frequently. 

Bring to the boil then simmer for about an hour, or until a wooden spoon drawn through the base of the pan leaves a trail. 

Pour carefully into clean, dry and sterilized jars and seal.  

Store in a cool, dark place and once opened store in the fridge. 


Hints and Tips


Chilli can be added if you would like a spicier chutney - just add fresh chilli or powder to taste. 

Roughly/finely chop the ingredients if you would prefer a chunkier chutney. 




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Thursday, 26 September 2019

Sing from the Heart Singing Retreat at De Tout Coeur Limousin


We joined together, sang, built friendships and relaxed into a week of singing from the heart. Finding voices that once were hidden deep within, allowing ourselves to take space and be heard, facing fears, howling like a wolf and of course the obligatory 'male poo-ing position' (AKA diaphragmatic isolation and control). There is always the sacred and profane in a group that is alive and connecting.


We are all beginners and we all learn from each other. We are in this together. A privilege to share a special retreat week with such beautiful souls. 


We're looking forward to next time. Please get in touch to find out more and join us for our retreats in rural France. 




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We Shall Be Known by MaMuse

We shall be known by the company we keep
By the ones who circle round to tend these fires
We shall be known by the ones who sow and reap
The seeds of change, alive from deep within the earth
It is time now, it is time now that we thrive
It is time we lead ourselves into the well
It is time now, and what a time to be alive
In this Great Turning we shall learn to lead in love
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Sunday, 14 July 2019

Yoga and singing retreat at Santé Yoga

Our beautiful, brave and open hearted singers at our yoga and singing retreat at Santé Yoga. A joy and privilege to share the week with you all. Interested in joining us next time? 🌿


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Wednesday, 3 July 2019

A very European cheesecake - baked cheesecake with lemon and sultanas

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Polish sernik combined with a French gateau au fromage


A combination of 2 of my favourite baked cheesecake recipes. A Polish sernik cheesecake (usually made with twarog cheese) and a French gateau au fromage version made with fromage blanc and creme fraiche. 

A recipe to combine my Polish heritage and chosen home country of France - a very European cheesecake. Like a lot of my cooking, my recipes are influenced by my family background, my travels and my local community. 

The cheesecake base is an enriched sweetened dough, made with egg, butter and sour cream rather than the usual biscuit crumb base. This type of base is more traditionally used in a Polish sernik/cheesecake.  

I flavoured the fromage blanc and creme fraiche cheesecake filling with lemon zest, but feel free to add your own flavourings. Vanilla, salted caramel, fresh berries and chocolate are all good additions to this simple recipe. 

A light, fresh tasting dessert recipe. Perfect for summer days. Happy cooking, bon appetit and smacznego! 



A very European cheesecake - baked cheesecake with lemon and sultanas



ingredients:

for the cheesecake base

1.5 cups plain flour 
1/3 cup sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 cup unsalted butter, chilled
1 egg
1/4 cup creme fraiche/sour cream
1 pinch salt

for the cheesecake filling

500g fromage blanc
250ml creme fraiche
150g sugar
2 tbsp plain flour
3 eggs
zest of 2 lemons
1/2 cup sultanas (optional) 
1 pinch salt

method: 

preheat the oven to 180c/gas 4

grease and line a 23cm cake tin (ideally with a removable base). 

to make the cheesecake base mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt until it resembles breadcrumbs (or pulse in a food processor)

add the egg and creme fraiche and mix until the dough comes together

press the dough into the base of the prepared cake tin then bake for 10 minutes

remove the cheesecake base from the oven and allow to cool 

to make the cheesecake filling add all the ingredients together and whisk well for a few minutes

pour the filling onto the cheesecake base and bake for 40-45 minutes. The filling should still have a slight wobble but be mostly dry to the touch. It will continue to firm up as it cools.

leave the cheesecake to cool completely in the tin (5-6 hours or overnight is best) before serving the cheesecake in slices. 


cooking hints and tips: 


  • haven't got measuring cups? Use this cup to gram converter
  • if you can't find fromage blanc then a thick natural/Greek style yogurt would be a good substitute







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Thursday, 16 May 2019

The power of sound and movement - yoga and singing retreats in rural France

A wonderful day with Santé Yoga sharing singing and yoga with beautiful people here at De Tout Coeur Limousin. The power of sound, music, movement and community. 

Feeling grateful to be able to share these moments with others.


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