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August News from Active Gourmet Holidays

Active Gourmet HolidaysGreetings from Active Gourmet Holidays!

Active Gourmet Holidays focuses on France this month. Vive le France!
"Cooking in the Dordogne" continues to be a client favorite. From the accommodations, to the chef, to the cooking classes - it is truly a winner! And our "Immersion into the Languedocallows you to delve into this wonderful region of France, where food and wine are taken "Journey into Normandy" features our Normandy escape with beautiful accommodations, gracious hosts and a myriad of things to do in this special region of France. 

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Aug 2012 News Cooking Dordogne
Cooking in the Dordogne 
Dordogne, France - 5 or 7 nights
Available May to November  - Monday to Monday
Join us in Southwest France for a five or seven night total immersion in the French lifestyle. Pick-up a straw basket and each morning you will visit a different traditional market with your hostess and chef who will teach you how to select the best produce. In France gastronomy and life pair with market visits which are a a vital event held on the main square of the town. 

Aug 2016 News Immersion LanguedocImmersion into the Languedoc
Languedoc, France - 6 nights
Available April to November - Sunday to Saturday 
Join a native Languedocienne on a culinary journey in this little known corner of southern France, nestled between the Camargue region to the east and the French Catalonian Pyrenees to the southwest. Your hostess was part of the original group who started the Food Network and was a producer of a restaurant program and some other related series. You will discover this singular historic region rich in traditions, art, architecture and culture and meet some remarkable personalities and spirited characters, from local chefs and winemakers to artists and artisans, all of whom are passionate about their craft and their land.

June AGH news 2015 Journey into NormandyJourney into Normandy

Normandy, France- 6 nights  
Available May to September - Friday to Thursday

Visit Normandy, an untamed land with warm-hearted people. You will enjoy a unique experience as you get to know the French way of life, cuisine, and the breathtaking gardens in this region of incredible beauty. The house where you will stay is at the heart of your visit and has been photographed for various international interior design magazines. Each room has its unique personality and tells a different story, with diverse objects from all around the world. In itself, the house is an invitation to go on a journey, located in the center of the village, and you will have all the time you need to make the most of it during your holiday.

  Read more: Journey into Normandy

  Client Testimonial 
Aug News 2016 Client Remark     
  " We had the best experience with  Active Gourmet Holidays . We were guided to choose the excursion that best met our needs. We ended up in the perfect place.  This was one of the most enjoyable vacations I've ever taken. The place is breathtaking. We learned a lot and the surroundings are so beautiful."
Claudia W., Mexico City, Mexico
(" Cooking in the Dordogne"  Program
For the pastry :

Mix 250g (1 cup) plain flour, 50g (1/4 cup) caster sugar in bowl. Add 1 full egg, pinch of salt, and 125g (9 TBS) butter which you have melted in saucepan and cooled slightly , mix with a fork until dough holds together. With dusted fingers flatten the dough into a disk and press into a buttered 24 cm / 8 inch tart tin. Chill the pastry for half an hour .

For the almond cream (Frangipane):

Mix the following ingredients until very smooth :
50g (3 1/2 TBS) butter at room temperature, 50g icing sugar, 50g ground almonds, 1 full egg, 1 heaping tsps cornstarch, 1 Tbsp amaretto liqueur.
Aug 2016 News - Recipe Dordogne 

Preheat oven at 180 C / 375F 

Spread evenly almond cream into prepared tart shell. Carefully arrange apricot quarters over the cream in concentric circles working towards the centre. Sprinkle on 2 Tbsp extra sugar. Bake in centre of oven for 45 / 50 mns.

Serve at room temperature with ice cream, crème fraiche.



Contact Information
Active Gourmet Holidays
Jo-Ann Gaidosz
Phone: 1.203.732.0771
Fax: 1.203.732.5125
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
Skype: active.gourmet.holidays  


"Dear Jo-Ann - We just had the most amazing week. It was everything we could have hoped for and more. We are already planning a "make your own pasta party" at our house to introduce friends to the very unique flavours we tried and made! Jo-Ann, the others who came through Active Gourmet - Ed, Cathy and Kelly were all very complimentary about the service they had received from you, as were we. I was hugely impressed with your immediate attention to every detail and I will certainly recommend friends to your website if they are considering similar trips to ours." - Joneen and Ray S., Auckland, New Zealand

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