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January News from Active Gourmet Holidays

 Active Gourmet HolidaysHappy New Year from Active Gourmet Holidays!

Make 2016 your year to take that dream culinary and cooking vacation. Choose from over 100 delicious tours to Italy, France, Spain, Greece, Portugal, Peru and Morocco. Happy New Year! 

"Sevilla and Beyond" offers a 2 or 5 night option for experiencing this tasty area. And Abruzzo may not be the first Italy tourist destination but it is gaining popularity, but still maintaining its charm. Consider our "Charming Abruzzo" tour. Greece is a top travel destination and gastronomical speaking, a major foodie destination. Check our our "Cretan Delights". 

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Jan 2016 News Cretan DelightsCretan Delights 
Crete, Greece - 6 nights
Available April to October - Sunday to Saturday
Cretan cuisine is amongst the healthiest diet in the world. Through this six night cooking vacation you will hone your skills in the kitchen through hands on cooking lessons, learning seafood, casserole, meat, veggie dishes and more. Stay in a 150 year old lovingly restored Cretan stonehouse which is surrounded by breathtaking views, an unspoiled landscape of rolling hills, olive groves and vineyard valleys, located only 15 minutes from Heraklion City and 20 minutes from the airport.

Jan 2016 Sevilla and BeyondSevilla and Beyond
Seville, Spain - 2 or 5 nights
Available year round  
The city of Seville is renowned for its fascinating history and wealth of beautiful buildings, but most of all for its fine culinary traditions which are strongly influenced by its Moorish past. We offer you two options: a short two night break which wiill immerse you in the colors, flavors and textures of Andalusian cuisine or a five night tour, which will help you discover the astonishing array of places to eat and drink in this wonderful region as the two night tour, but taking you beyond Seville, into Aracena, Jerez, Cadiz, Grazalema and Arcos. Both options feature a hands-on cooking class with a professional chef.

Jan 2016 News Charming AbruzzoCharming Abruzzo
Abruzzo, Italy - 6 nights  
Available June, July, September - Sunday to Saturday

Southern Italy is one of the most beautiful areas of Italy. During this six night culinary and exploration tour you will get to known this incredible region through its cuisine, its people, its landscapes and its traditions. During the week you will have the unique opportunity to visit the local trabocchi "fishing houses" located on the Adriatic Sea. You will meet a native fisherman and his family and enjoy a delicious meal with them. Although a moutainious region, you will have the chance to discover the mountains and ocean, returning home with memories that last a lifetime..

"We had an absolutely amazing time during our cooking holiday. The hosts, the location, the food and the whole experience was a dream come true. I have prepared some of the dishes since coming back home and they always remind me of our fantastic trip and more."
Danielle and Ashley P., Ontario, Canada
Jan 2016 News - Client Remark  
"Carol was the perfect hostess and guide. The accommodations were beautiful. Not only is the interior full of family French antiques and heirlooms but the outer gardens are breath-taking. She took us to markets, wineries, and site seeing in St. Emilion. The knowledge she has of the area is quite astounding making her an excellent tour guide. She knows so many people in the St. Quentin de Baron/Bordeaux area she was even able to set up a boules evening for us with the local Moulonaise Boules club. The club was so friendly, creating a reception for us of food and wine, that we've invited them to come to our island to play this fall. It was our 40th anniversary trip and Carol made it the best vacation we've ever taken.
Anna O., Fernandina Beach, Florida
Our entire group had a fabulous time. From the hosts, to the chef, to the accommodations, we could not have been more satisfied. I would do it all over again, in a heartbeat. A truly memorable trip was had by all!
Andrea C., Fargo, North Dakota

("French Cookery ClassesProgram

Ingredients (1 portion)
  • 150g (5 oz.) piece of cod fillet
  • 300g (10 oz.) mussels
  • 35g (3.5 tbsp) butter
  • 75ml white wine
  • 1 tbsp chopped chives
  • 1 tbsp tomato concasse (see method)
  • lemon juice to taste

Jan 2016 News - Recipe - French Cookery Classes 

1. Place cod on buttered tray, brush butter over the top of the fillet and season with salt & pepper. Cover with tin foil or parchment paper. Pre-heat oven to 180°C/350°F

2. Prep mussels by first making sure they are all alive (closed or willing to close when tapped on bench), then removing beards and wash them.

3. Heat a large saucepan (that has a lid) until very hot, add the mussels followed by the white wine. Put lid on and shake pan over the heat until all the mussels have opened. Remove from heat, take the mussels out of the shells and set aside.

4. Strain the juice from the mussels and reduce in a small saucepan to half the amount. Whisk in butter and a little lemon juice, when ready to serve add tomato concasse, (tomatoes that have been peeled, deseeded and cut into 5ml square pieces) chives and finally the mussels.

5. To cook the cod place in hot oven until the fish is just cooked and you can just prise the flakes of fish apart. Place in large bowl, spoon sauce over & around it and garnish with fresh herbs.

Serving Suggestions
Main course dish, crushed new potatoes or fresh new potatoes would go very well with it.

Advanced Preparation
Needs to be prepared to order to retain the fresh flavours.



Contact Information
Active Gourmet Holidays
Jo-Ann Gaidosz
Phone: 1.203.732.0771
Fax: 1.203.732.5125
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Skype: active.gourmet.holidays 


Hi Jo-Ann - We wanted to let you know that we had an AMAZING time at the cooking school. My mother and I could not have had a better time. Paola and Simonetta were such wonderful hosts and teachers. We were treated like family. The house and property were beautiful. The hands-on cooking classes were so much fun...we learned so many great recipes that I cannot wait to test on my friends back home. I will definitely be recommending this experience to all of my friends and colleagues. Thank you so much for all of your help in setting up this once-in-a-lifetime dream vacation. It is something neither one of us will ever forget!


Best, Erin S. and Flor V.,
New York, New York

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