And all of a sudden it's the end of summer - a very eventful summer for us, spending time all over Europe. Wonderful weeks in Val teaching our first students at the YSE Cookery School, then off to several summer assignments that led us to a restaurant in Glasgow, the stunning island of Mykonos in Greece, several joyous weddings in the UK, and to a surf competition in Hossegor on the French Atlantic Coast.
A few years ago, a friend gave me a book to read. "My Berlin Kitchen" by Luisa Weiss. I have travelled with this book in tow for a very long time until I now finally had the chance to read it. I enjoyed Luisa's story about growing up in different countries, and could very much relate to her feeling torn between more than one "home" and having different circles of loved ones that usually never get together. The best part about the book though is the reminder that food can always take you to the home you need most at the time.
So here it is - the first newsletter after the summer holiday season. Which hopefully means a whole lot of wonderful and sunny days for you, and it was a few very busy weeks for us! We had the cookery course in Val d'Isère which was a great success with many lovely memories, we went to work in Greece for three weeks and we catered for a family wedding in Gloucestershire.
This summer's cookery courses have just finished - and off we go to our next assignment! We will work on the beautiful Greek island of Mykonos from Wednesday for the rest of the month. Therefore the Monday Morning Meeting will go "on holiday" for a little while.
While we are here in Val d'Isère, it's impossible not to talk about the magic of this place. You may know it from winter, but summer is a completely different universe - fun-filled, vibrant, bright and colourful. The summer season is very short with only two months of mountain activities. So we might as well make the most of it and talk about it while it lasts!
Our newsletter isn't only about delicious food, interesting ingredients or the diversity of Val d'Isère in summer. We also like to introdcue to you some life stories that are inspired by food, cooking and a passion for life. This week we are introducing Al and Hannah and how a couple of seasons with YSE Ski in Val d'Isère got them started on their very exciting journey.
A little while ago, we asked you to accept our challenge of cooking a Pad Thai. We had a few entries and today are happy to present our winning dishes!
What if I told you that we were going to use gold leaves to decorate our food - you'd probably be wondering, if we're actually wasting your money?! So no - we're not.
We do make saffron risotto though, - and would you ever consider calling us crazy for this? ..............
Do you look at our website and wonder if you actually really NEED a cookery course? After all, you're pretty happy with your cooking and your friends tell you how much they love your food and especially your presentation. But do they mean it or are they just polite? Take part in our bi-weekly competition and find out what others say when we ask you:
CAN YOU COOK?
Most people only know Val d'Isère as a winter sport destination. Now the YSE Cookery School may be your initial reason to book a summer holiday in Val d'Isère, but this newsletter will tell you about the many other activities that will make your stay a lot more exciting than you would expect!