We hadn’t really thought about Christmas approaching until today when we went to our first Christmas market, the Mères Noël exhibition which was held jointly in Cortambert and Massilly.
The Mères Noël are a group of 22 artists who exhibit locally each year in the run-up to Christmas. Their work ranges from beautiful pottery and ceramics to paintings on silk, life drawings, leatherwork and woodwork. An excellent place to buy that special present.
What about something nice to eat at Christmas? In the old schoolroom in Cortambert, now the library, we took part in a cookery workshop. Ideal for us grignoteuses as we tasted as we learned.
Pascale showed us how to make caramel, and bonbons aux carottes. We sampled the sweet carrot and orange mixture with cream, and Claire made us some chai, a sweet concoction of tea with spices.
We are looking forward to another session tomorrow afternoon when we will make savouries with foie gras. The Mères Noël exhibition is also on again. It’s well worth going to have a look if you missed it today.
Meanwhile the weather is also putting us in the mood for Christmas. After today’s crisp cold and sunshine heavy snow is forecast for tonight. A chance for Santa to get the sleigh out?