Here in France, la rentrée means back to work/back to school. It’s an annual, September ritual and a big moment in the French calendar. Shops sprout a whole bunch of stuff you never knew you needed to help ease the transition out of holiday mode and into the real world again (fancy pencil cases, natty satchels, whole wardrobes of new clothes), city streets are gummed up anew with SUVs bearing kids to school and people to work, the President appears on television spouting promises for the coming term and sporting a fairly convincing tan, and a shoal of newly published books appears on the shelves (aka la rentrée littéraire).
My own rentrée signals a new season of workshops (yesssss!). Below you’ll find the schedule of what’s cooking from September to December. Maybe Sardinian food and wines float your boat? Or you’re up for a bit of fungi-familiarisation? Vegetables are always popular (and Mexico a constantly recurring theme, at least for me), while the last one before the holidays will be a sort of Sue-meets-Julia session. Let me know here if you’d like to sign up for any or all of the above (weekday workshops cost CHF110 or its nearest euro equivalent at the time), and looking forward to seeing you – again or anew – in the coming months.
Thursday 24th September – A Taste of Sardinia, 09:30 – 13:30
Every September our family does a farewell-to-summer week somewhere in Italy. Last year was Sicily, this year it’ll be Sardinia. In this opening salvo we’ll put together a menu of some of the island’s typical foods, accompanied by a taste of delicate Vermentino and/or explosive Cannonau.
Thursday 22nd October – Fungi Feast, 09:30 – 13:30
The idea here is to get familiar with the wild and wonderful mushrooms to be found around these parts and to cook up an all-mushroom menu. As an optional extra (and entirely dependent on the vagaries of the season) we’ll take our baskets into the forest to see what we can find. Let me know when you sign up if you’re a potential forager.
Friday 13th November – Vegetables, grains and pulses,
09:30 – 13:30
Vegetable workshops are always a sellout (shorthand for “sign up for this one fast”). Since so many of our vegetables today – pumpkins, courgettes, tomatoes, avocados, chiles, beans and corn come to mind – came originally from Mexico (and PS because I lived there for 7 years and love, LOVE the food) expect this veggie celebration to have a distinctly Mexican accent.
Thursday 10th December – Sue, Julia & Company, 09:30 – 13:30
I learned to cook through the pages of Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking – as you can see by the state of my JC library. For this last pre-Christmas workshop we’ll revisit some of Julia’s classic French recipes together, with a focus on finger foods and celebration dishes for the holidays.