Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Sing from the Heart singing holiday 30 July - 6 August 2016

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Mike, Peter and Julia
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Eve and Peter 
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Jane and Peter 
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your hosts at De Tout Coeur Limousin Ema and Peter 
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Liz, Marie and Peter 
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Kate and Peter
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lunch time in the garden after rehearsal 


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Sing from the Heart singing holidays at De Tout Coeur Limousin, France


Sing from the Heart singing holidays in France at De Tout Coeur Limousin


Our recent Sing from the Heart singing holiday was a wonderful week of facing fears, making new friends, sharing good food and wine and relaxing in the beautiful surroundings of rural Limousin.

It is always a privilege and a pleasure to host our singing holidays here in France. They are open to all abilities and levels of singing experience – the emphasis is on singing from the heart and having fun in a friendly, creative and supportive environment.

We sung a range of group songs including hits by The Beatles, Coldplay, The Waterboys, The Crystals and Pharrell Williams. 

The solo songs that were performed included an eclectic mix from traditional African songs, French chansons and hits by Dusty Springfield, George Ezra, Eddi Reader, Frank and Nancy Sinatra and Jess Glynne to name but a few. 

Although everyone was nervous before they sang their solos the beauty of the song and the singer always shone through. There were several people who had never sung a solo in public before and just faced their fears and did it. Always an inspiring thing to witness and a great achievement that people always remember. 

When we weren't singing there was a chance to explore the local markets, take Eric le chien for walks, enjoy the many cycle trails and or just spend time relaxing in the garden with a good book and a glass of wine.

The final night performance was attended by our local friends and neighbours. Always a well attended event. It warms our heart that our local community supports our concerts here at De Tout Coeur Limousin and they always come laden with various homemade quiches, cakes and other goodies to enjoy and share at the pre-performance buffet. 

We are busy planning and looking forward to our singing holidays next year at De Tout Coeur Limousin. If you would like to know more about our singing holidays and other creative and wellbeing retreats in the heart of rural SW France just get in touch. We look forward to welcoming you soon.

Also don't forget that we host bespoke singing retreats for individuals or small groups at alternative dates throughout the year. Available from a short break to a longer singing holiday week.  

We look forward to singing with you soon. 

Ema & Peter 

De Tout Coeur Limousin



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Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Exploring the Limousin: Le circuit des 2 digues

Exploring the Limousin. A wonderful place to explore on foot and renowned for the many footpaths and trails in the area. With walks suitable for all levels and abilities - from a short stroll along the Lac de Vassiviere to longer walking holidays taking in the lush green Limousin countryside, lakes and mountainous terrain. The Limousin is also a haven for nature lovers and birdwatchers alike with many species making their home in the unspoiled landscape. There will definitely be many opportunities to get the camera out and snap away too. 

A current favourite walking circuit that starts nearby us here at De Tout Coeur Limousin is the circuit des 2 digues (the circuit of 2 barrages). A beautiful 7km route taking in the 2 barrages on the Lac de Vassiviere, then off into the forest through farmland and rural French villages, taking in several puys and viewing points along the way. A lovely way to spend a few hours.
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Exploring the Limousin: Le circuit des 2 digues


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Wednesday, 10 August 2016

pear frangipane tart with black sesame seeds

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pear frangipane tart with black sesame seeds 


Pear frangipane tart with black sesame seeds. The sprinkling of black sesame seeds add a delicious nutty flavour and contrast to the soft and sweet pear frangipane. Perfect at anytime - a decadent breakfast or afternoon pastry with a cup of tea or coffee or serve warm as a dessert with a spoonful of thick creme fraiche or ice cream. It would also be great with apricots or fresh peach slices instead of the pears too. A new favourite here at De Tout Coeur Limousin - and one we will definitely be making again. 

ingredients:

1 puff pastry sheet rolled into 30 cm diameter circle 
2 pears peeled, cored and cut into eight segments lengthwise
50g ground almonds
50g caster sugar
50g plain flour 
50g butter room temperature
1 pinch salt
2 tbsp black sesame seeds
1 tsp rose water or almond essence
2 eggs

method:

preheat the oven to 200C/gas 6/400F

line a 25cm flan dish with the pastry sheet leaving the edges hanging over the edge of the dish

to make the frangipane filling add the butter, flour, ground almonds, sugar, 1 egg, pinch of salt and almond essence/rose water to a large mixing bowl and beat until smooth and well blended

spread the frangipane over the prepared pastry case, place the pear slices evenly on top of the frangipane filling and sprinkle with 1 tbsp of black sesame seeds

fold over the edges of the pastry, beat the remaining egg and brush over the pastry, and sprinkle with the remaining 1 tbsp black sesame seeds before putting in the oven

bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden. Leave to cool for 10-15 minutes before cutting into slices if you are serving immediately. Delicious hot or cold. 



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Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Rosehip & mint lassi

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Rosehip and mint lassi 


A cool & refreshing blended yogurt drink recipe perfect for sunny days. The rosehip and mint add a sweetness and fresh flavour to the tangy yogurt - a delicious combination (and a great way of using the beautiful fresh mint that is in abundance in the garden). Ready in just a few minutes after a quick whizz in the blender. 

We are in the middle of a heat wave here in the Limousin and it's at times like these that we are even more grateful to live near the Lac de Vassiviere, which is great for a quick cool down when the temperatures rise. 

Ironically, as I write the rain has started to fall and I can here the vegetable patch (and Eric le chien) breath a sigh of relief as the water starts to cool them down. It's only a quick shower however and over as soon as it began. Time to get the blender out and make another lassi I think...

My rosehip and mint lassi is great served on its own, as a summer cooler, but goes really well alongside curries and spicy dishes too. 

recipe by Ema at De Tout Coeur Limousin
preparation time: less than 10 minutes 


serves 2


ingredients:
400ml plain natural yogurt
3-4 tbsp rosehip syrup (or alternatively you can use rose syrup/cordial or rosewater to taste)
handful chopped fresh mint
handful ice cubes
dash of milk (to thin if necessary)


method:

add all ingredients to a blender and whizz until well mixed. Thin with a bit of extra milk if necessary. 




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Sunday, 10 July 2016

our week in photos

The Tour de France comes through Eymoutiers


Mark Cavendish wearing the green sprinters jersey 
the peloton coming through Eymoutiers 
Peter Sagan - wearing the yellow jersey
giant chickens! 

Sunny, summer days at De Tout Coeur Limousin


sunshine in the garden
summer days 
Eric le chien and Prawnie the cat enjoying a bit of sun in the garden
sweet williams in flower outside the barn

hay bales in the field next to us -  a favourite summer sight

 homegrown vegetables in the garden at De Tout Coeur Limousin 

the tomatoes enjoying the sunshine
lovely courgette flowers in the garden

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