Culi­nary hon­our

Living France - - Á La Maison -

Michèle loves to cook, and her ex­cel­lence in the kitchen was recog­nised re­cently when she was in­vited to be a mem­ber of the Col­lège Culi­naire de France, fol­low­ing a visit by well-known food critic, Périco Lé­gasse, who wrote an ex­cel­lent re­view in French mag­a­zine Mar­i­anne. “It was quite an hon­our for me con­sid­er­ing I am a third­gen­er­a­tion veg­e­tar­ian,” says Michèle.

“The lo­cals are now used to my not eat­ing meat or fish, but at first they thought I would not be strong enough to keep go­ing – it was es­pe­cially hard for them to un­der­stand in this land of foie gras and ma­gret de ca­nard!”

The cou­ple of­fer a ta­ble d’hôte ser­vice for guests who book in ad­vance, but de­spite be­ing veg­e­tar­ian her­self, Michèle man­ages to cook white meat and fish with the help of her hus­band. “One of my fortes is pas­try; I love mak­ing puff pas­try.”

Hav­ing trans­formed this his­toric prop­erty into a charm­ing re­treat where guests can en­joy a warm wel­come, fine food and beau­ti­ful park­land, Michèle and Rob have en­sured that the lat­est chapter in Do­maine de Sen­gresse’s his­tory is un­doubt­edly one of its best yet.

This page, from top left: A grand piano takes pride of place in the spa­cious en­trance hall; Rob en­joys cut­ting the grass in the three hectares of park and gar­dens that sur­round the prop­erty; the can­de­labrum over­hang­ing the din­ing ta­ble was in­spired by a light fit­ting Michèle had seen in the abbey church in nearby St-Sever; Michèle was hon­oured to be­come a mem­ber of the Col­lège Culi­naire de France

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