Sunday, 20 August 2017

Sing from the Heart Singing Holiday Week 12-19 August 2017

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Peter introducing our Sing from the Heart singing holiday performance night
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Siggy singing an acapella version of Waltzing Matilda
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Eve and Jo go punk with The Skids "Into the Valley"
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Pete singing a Ray Lamontagne song
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Philomena with her rendition of "Then He Kissed Me" by The Crystals
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Claire singing the classic "Every Time We Say Goodbye"
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Karin singing a Bob Dylan song
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Jane singing "Run" by Snow Patrol
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Charley with her performance of "Strong" by London Grammar
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Fran and Derek singing at De Tout Coeur Limousin performance night
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Leon and Peter with "Over and Over" by Nathan Sykes


Sing from the Heart Singing Holiday Week 12-19 August 2017 

We welcomed guests from all over France and the UK for our fully booked Sing from the Heart singing retreat holiday. A wonderful week of singing, facing fears, community, sharing good food, getting to know new friends and taking the time time to relax, de-stress and explore the beautiful local Limousin countryside too. 

With plenty of free time and sunny days there were several trips to Lac de Vassiviere for swimming and relaxing by the water, afternoons spent reading and sunbathing in the garden, and walking and cycling along the local forest paths and trails. 

To join us next time and find out more about our creative well being holidays, retreats and workshops here at De Tout Coeur Limousin please just get in touch and watch this space for more information coming soon...


What our guests said about the week...

"I have had a great time this week, enjoying Ema's fabulous cooking, Peter's solid singing coaching (I have learned a lot, thank you!), getting to know a great bunch of people. I got to do a solo which was a big personal challenge and felt so supported throughout the process. I shall miss the experience (and Peter's humour) and hold it in fond memory. It's been magic."
Helen

"Thank you Ema and Peter for an absolutely amazing week. The food was just too good for words and the music too. Whatever it is that keeps you two energised should be bottled. I will be back."
Phil

"Thank you so much for last week and for encouraging/forcing me to sing a solo. You honestly have no idea what it means to me."
Charley

"Thank you once again, Ema and Pete. I thoroughly enjoyed working with you both and fellow members of the workshop."
Jim

"Thank you for a lovely week with good company, a beautiful setting. A chance to de-stress whilst enjoying great singing, lovely food, and a great last night."
Claire




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Saturday, 29 July 2017

Indian style spiced courgette chutney

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Indian style spiced courgette chutney 

Indian style spiced courgette chutney 


My Indian style spiced courgette chutney packs a punch with ginger, garlic and lots of chilli, plus a wonderful mixture of fragrant spices including mustard, turmeric, coriander, cumin, garam masala, star anise and kalonji (onion seeds). 

I think this might currently top my previous favourite courgette glut recipe for chocolate, courgette and coconut cake, as we seem to be eating this spicy chutney with everything!

I can recommend a spoonful or two with cheese on toast, curry and rice or just simply to top a fried egg. Delicious stuff! 

Inspired by an Indian style kasundi recipe - which is a traditional tomato chutney flavoured with mustard seeds and a blend of spices. I'll definitely be trying this recipe with tomatoes too - just swapping out the weight of courgettes for tomatoes when they are ripe and ready to use. 

The courgette glut recipe challenge continues. Watch this space for more recipes from the vegetable garden coming soon...

makes about 5 x 500g jars 
preparation time guide: 30 minutes 
cooking time guide: 60 minutes 

ingredients: 
2 kg coarsely grated courgettes
200g onion - roughly chopped
200g fresh ginger - peeled and roughly chopped 
1 head garlic - cloves separated and peeled 
5 long red dried Thai chillies (or to taste) 
200g sugar 
350ml apple cider vinegar 
2 tbsp hot mustard/mustard seeds 
1 tbsp cumin powder
1 tbsp onion seeds (kalonji) 
1 tbsp turmeric powder
1 tsp garam masala
1 tsp chilli powder
2 star anise
2 tsp salt 
4 tbsp vegetable oil


method: 

place the grated courgettes in a colander/sieve over a bowl. Sprinkle over the salt and leave to drain for about an hour.

add the vinegar to a blender with the onion, garlic, ginger and chillies and mix to a smooth paste

heat the oil in a pan then add the dried whole and powdered spices. Heat gently for a minute or 2 until fragrant - being very careful not to burn the spices. 

add the vinegar, onion, ginger, garlic and chilli paste to the spices and cook for about 10-15 minutes.

add the sugar and drained courgettes (discarding the liquid/adding to your compost patch), and continue to cook for about an hour over a low heat until thickened and a wooden spoon leaves a trail when pulled through the bottom of the pan. Remove the star anise. 

when the chutney is ready spoon carefully into cleaned and sterilised jars, seal and store in a cool, dark place. This chutney is ready to eat immediately. Store in the fridge when opened.






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Monday, 24 July 2017

chocolate, courgette and coconut cake

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chocolate, courgette and coconut cake


My chocolate, courgette and coconut cake is a great way to use up any courgettes you may have if you are in the midst of the seasonal courgette glut. However even if you are not I would highly recommend this recipe. The finished cake is moist and chocolatey, with texture and flavour from the coconut and packed with healthy courgettes too. A new favourite cake recipe here at De Tout Coeur Limousin.

I have tried a few other courgette cake recipes and they can be a bit stodgy and heavy. The desiccated coconut acts as a sponge to the excess moisture, which definitely solves the problem in a very tasty way.

This is a really simple recipe to make too – no lengthy creaming of butter and sugar, just a mixing of the wet and dry ingredients, and into the oven.

This courgette cake is already a new favourite here at De Tout Coeur Limousin, and a cake I will definitely be making a few more of for our guests,

This cake is delicious without an icing/frosting – but feel free to add one if you would like or to make it a bit more fancy for a special occasion. My coconut chocolate ganache icing would work really well, as would a simple chocolate mascarpone icing.

The dark chocolate and coconut also lends itself well to a bit of spice. The next time I try out this bake I will be adding a handful of chopped stem ginger too.

I hope you enjoy, do let me know how you get on if you try out my recipe. As always, any favourite courgettes glut recipes are always welcome.

recipe by: Ema at De Tout Coeur Limousin 
preparation time: less than 30 minutes
cooking time: 50-60 minutes

ingredients
2 cups coarsely grated courgettes
1 cup desiccated coconut
2 cups caster sugar
1 3/4 cup plain flour
3/4 cup cocoa powder
2 eggs
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup plain yogurt
2 tsp bicarbonate of soda/baking soda
zest and juice of 1 orange
1 tsp grated nutmeg
1 tsp salt

optional extras:
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped stem ginger

method: 

preheat the oven to gas 4/180C. Grease/line a 13 inch round cake tin.

add the grated courgettes, desiccated coconut, yogurt, sugar, zest and juice of orange, eggs and oil to a bowl and mix well. Leave to stand for about 15 minutes to allow the desiccated coconut to absorb some of the liquid.

in a separate bowl sieve in the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, salt and nutmeg before pouring in the liquid courgettes and coconut mixture. Add the chocolate chips/stem ginger if using. Stir well and pour into the prepared baking tin.

while the cake is baking make the coconut, chocolate ganache icing. Heat the coconut milk until just before boiling point. Take off the heat and break in the chocolate. Stir until melted in and glossy, then stir in the rum (if using) followed by the desiccated coconut. Leave to cool completely before using.

the cake is ready when an inserted skewer comes out clean.

leave to cool for a few minutes in the tin before turning out and leaving to cool completely on a wire rack. 




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