A few years ago, the celebrated
Rick Stein, visited southwest France to film the
cookery series, "A French Odyssey".
The series followed Rick on a journey down Le Canal des
deux Mers from Bordeaux to the Mediterranean and
has been broadcast by the BBC repeatedly since it's first
showing and is the most popular series Rick has produced. The book
based on the series is available on Rick Stein's own website or from all good booksellers.
On arrival in the
area at Le Mas d'Agenais, Pete (your host) was invited
aboard Rick's 100 year old barge, La Rosa and,
over coffee, introduced Rick and David Pritchard, the
series' producer, to some of the secrets of
Amongst these were Vétou Pompele, who at the time was the chef at your
local bar and restaurant "La Halte Nautique", Kate Hill, the
locally based, American cookery writer, and the local vineyards of Cocumont
As a result, Kate
can be seen in episodes 2 & 4 of the series whilst Vétou,
Halte Nautique", the vineyards
(and Pete!) can be seen in episode 3. Vétou's recipe for 'magret de canard in red wine sauce' can
be found on page 120 of Rick's book "A French Odyssey".
More important, once during each
group's holiday here, Vétou has agreed to prepare and
cook the very same meal that she cooked
for Rick Stein and which he later featured in his book. In
an interview in the Sunday Times Rick replica watches rolex later said that Vétou's meal was, "the best I ate alongside the canal during
the whole trip"
Oh, and the reason Rick Stein chose to visit our area in the
first place? Well, why not come down to "Les Peupliers" and find out for yourself?
Even if you don't want to partake of our special "Rick Stein
Night" option, if you like great
food and wine, getting out and about in the
region and, sampling the cooking is an absolute must!