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Saturday, 9 November 2013

A glimpse of Cheltenham, Michel Roux's potato pie and a Sud Ouest Vin de France

 Pittville School, Cheltenham  – taken with the wrong 
white balance but produces quite a dramatic result

Staying with friends in Cheltenham, which is our first ever visit to the town. Dinner last night included a wonderfully good potato pie using a recipe from Michel Roux  – see below. With the cheese we enjoyed a very good, delicately honeyed sweet Vin de France, which had good refreshing acidity in the finish from Claudine Labenne – Jean de Montréjeau in Armagnac (see below).     

Cheltenham evening skies – looking towards the Pump Room


 Michel Roux's pototo pie 

Michel Roux's potato pie recipe 

Le Velay – an excellent cows' milk cheese
from GAEC des Prunelles Chabalier
43420 Saint-Etienne-du-Vigan

 Label for a fine, delicately sweet Vin de France 
from Claudine Labenne – Jean de Montréjeau,

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