Upmarket / downmarket

Friday in Carmaux is market day, to which local growers bring the freshest seasonal fruit and vegetables (including wild asparagus foraged from the hedgerows) and where regional traders sell tangy cheeses, spicy cured meats and fragrant spices. What’s more, you can see some spectacularly tacky clothing.  You can forget Parisien chic – down here, the women like their coffee […]

What on earth…?

After leaving office life and the world of PR at the start of 2008, I’ve left London for six months to be the chef at a boutique hotel in the tiny hamlet of Raynaudes, set in a beautiful and sleepy corner of southwest France. With the owners, Peter and Orlando, for company (plus a stream […]

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