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Sep 14, 2022Liked by Valerie Vago-Laurer

Wow! What a dilemma, Valerie! Cooking meals for twelve that you clearly want to do well, but have a holiday at the same time. Tricky stuff but it's clear that you have found the right balance. Local, seasonal and 'simple', with a few well-judged shortcuts. Perfect!

I especially like the addition of that lemon verbena syrup to your tart and that you allow your inner heretic to play with the classics.

Oddly enough, considering the size of the region, we have spent quite a bit of time in that area - staying just outside nearby Perros-Guirec. Good times and happy memories of markets, beaches and pink rocks!

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Ha! What are the odds. Yes, we’re farther inland but due south from Perros Guirec so the bits of coast we usually go to extend from Tregastel to Locquirec. It’s such a beautiful region — pink rocks, and turquoise water!

Thanks for the kind comment. I can confirm that the verbena syrup is an incredible touch! Match made in heaven.

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Sep 15, 2022Liked by Valerie Vago-Laurer

Mmm. Yes. I picked up on the tart but to be perfectly honest, it all looks delicious. That tomato tart*! Yum!

We did travel further around, towards Brest, before going further south on one occasion, and wondered if you have come across the cider near Guimaëc? The cidre, vinegar and eau de vie was particularly good, and we even managed to make it home with an entire case of cidre intact!

It is some time since we were there so their offerings may have changed but it makes a great alternative for a pot of mussels.

*Not that I am at all obsessed by tarts. ;o)

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What are the odds, we go the beach in Guimaëc all the time and we do know the cider place! I haven't tried the vinegar but the pommeau is very good!

* Can't think of a better obsession than an obsession with tartes ;))

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Sep 12, 2022Liked by Valerie Vago-Laurer

How wonderful. We’re known as Les Anglaises in our little part of Brittany (despite my husband constantly explaining he’s Irish, not English.) I love your stories of cooking in Brittany, and I agree finding new things (such as the mussels) is always fascinating. Thank you

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Thank you very much, Jude! I so enjoy seeing your photos and impressions of Brittany too. The coast west of Roscoff is very lovely! Happy autumn here in England, until the next trip…!

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