Category Archives: Chef delights

EASTER ACTIVITIES

eggs- hunt EASTER

EASTER ENTERTAINMENT

Offer your children a memorable Egg hunt.

The Easter Bunny, the Easter Fairy and our Magician will guide the kids to find the hidden eggs in the Château gardens.

Have an amusing moment in the company of these friendly characters.

 

eggspainting EASTER

ART & CRAFT

Easter eggs decorating : Give your own touch to the Easter eggs and reveal the painter inside you. Then it’s time for an egg battle.

Make your own egg basket : Assisted by an artisan, learn how to make a traditional hand-woven basket. An interactive class which will delight the children and the parents.

 

chocolate class

CHOCOLATE WORKSHOP WITH OUR CHEF 

A 2-hour workshop during which the whole family will learn the best technics to cook the big classics of chocolate from the traditional French mousse to the chocolate cake, including the famous macarons.

A RECIPE FROM OUR CHEF – Pumpkin cream soup, ginger mousse

©Shiran Carmel

 To celebrate Thanksgiving, our Chef had fun turning pumpkin into cream soup.

 

In your shopping basket

For the pumpkin cream soup

500 g (1 lb) of pumpkin

One white onion

1.5 litre (1.2 quarts) of water or chicken stock

300 ml (10 fl. oz) of whipping cream

Salt

For the ginger mousse

200 ml (7 fl. oz) of milk

20 ml (4 teaspoons) of grape seed oil

10 g (0.3 oz) of ginger

Salt.

 

PUMPKIN CREAM SOUP 

Mince the onion.

Sweat it with a little salt, but do not let it brown.

Dice the pumpkin and add it to the onion.

Add water or stock until the liquid reaches twice the height of the vegetables. Reduce the liquid by half, add the cream and bring to a simmer.

Remove from the heat and blend with a stick blender. Season to taste.

 

GINGER MOUSSE 

Grind the ginger. Bring the milk, ground ginger and a little salt to a boil and brew for 30 minutes.

Strain, then slowly add the oil to the milk, whisking constantly until emulsified .

Pour the pumpkin cream into a bowl and place the ginger mousse on top.

 

Chef’s tips 

1.  You can easily substitute nutmeg for the ginger.

2.  This delicious appetizer can be served hot or cold.

3.  Serve the soup in a transparent bowl or shot glass in order to showcase its colour.

A RECIPE FROM OUR CHEF : SUMMER COCKTAIL

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PINK LYCHEE – LIME – TONKA BEANS

Our Chef unveils his cocktail summer, a refreshing and rather surprising creation.

To enjoy among friends during your stay at Château Bouffémont.

 

In your basket…

The recipe can be scaled as needed.

One to two cartons of strawberries

White sugar to taste

One lime

A few lychees

A handful of tonka beans*

*This fruit comes from the Brazilian teak or cumaru, a tree mainly found in Venezuela, Brazil and Guyana.

 

Preparation method

Blend all the strawberries and sugar to yield a somewhat thick coulis. Set aside.

Cut the lychees in small pieces and blend. Set aside.

Zest half a lime.

 

Presentation

Pour a layer of strawberry coulis, making sure you completely cover the bottom and sides of the glass.

Do the same with a layer of lychee coulis.

Add a little lime zest.

Sprinkle tonka bean on top.

Garnish the glass with a slice of lime… your cocktail is now ready to be enjoyed…


Chef’s tips

1. A martini glass is perfect for this cocktail

2. You can substitute honey or agave syrup for the sugar if you want a milder taste

3. You can enhance the colour of the lychee coulis with natural colourants

4. The strawberry coulis will rise to the top over time so serve the cocktail as soon as it’s ready

Feel free to shake things up by trying other ingredient combinations that inspire you.

BARBECUE


Preparing barbecue

 

August is upon us.

As hues of orange and violet fill the evening sky, the warm glow of sunset bathes this majestic setting. And as you inhale the scent of freshly cut grass, there sits Chateau Bouffemont– rising majestically from the luscious grounds.

Wisps and pillars of smoke rise and twirl high into the sky as aromas of sizzling meat and sweet-smelling grilled vegetables consume the air. The gleaming barbecue filled with mouth-watering meats and fish. The wind makes the smoke rise slightly higher and you watch as it then slowly disperses into the balmy evening air. The neatly dressed tables illuminated by soft candlelight. An enchanting aura surrounds the scene.

Laughter and chatter fill the space as you sit down with your friends and loved ones to enjoy a delicious barbecue feast. Sumptuous food prepared specially for you by our esteemed chef – washed down by a selection of the finest wines.

And, as you sip on a glass of chilled rose, you feel a soft light breeze brushing against your skin. The colors of sunset now long given way to a sky adorned with glittering stars. A magical moment that takes you back to childhood memories of delightful summer nights long forgotten but somehow here realized again. Suddenly, you feel nostalgic…

 

 

 

BUCOLIC PICNIC

PICNIC-soleil

 

With lunch approaching, there is no better way to make the most of the summer months and to soak up the glorious French countryside than relaxing outside with friends and family while enjoying the delectable delights of one of Château Bouffémont’s gourmet picnic hampers.

A hamper which is brimming with lavish treats and unique touches prepared by Château Bouffémont’s wildly creative Chef.

Upon opening the elegant picnic basket, you are treated to a delicious lunch tailor made to suit your tastes using fresh and seasonal produce. Attention to detail is paramount with the Château’s hampers and only the finest gourmet picnic items are included in the delightfully presented baskets.

Explore the leafy grounds of the Château and find the perfect spot to spread our your cosy picnic blanket and gourmet hamper. The ravishing gardens provide a truly spectacular setting in which to relish the sensational food whilst soaking up the heat of the summer months.

Toast the occasion perhaps with a chilled glass of champagne forming part of the hamper and create memorable moments this summer with your family and friends. A gourmet picnic lunch provides the perfect indulgence for those lazy summer days.

If you are looking for a more secluded experience and a piece of rural tranquility, then a food-focused, picnic excursion to the nearby Montmorency Forest might be of interest.

A place of pure serenity, where you, your friends and family can relax and enjoy the splendour of the surrounding nature and calm.