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Sunday, September 23, 2012

Simple French Cuisine? Roasted Camembert with honey.


France is famous for the wonderful cheeses and Camembert is certainly one of the most famous.

Camembert is certainly a great cheese, just to eat plain with some nice baguette bread, but there is a great recepy we discovered with the help of Blandine and Olivier from Laurenan.

The original name of this simple but very taste dish is Camembert roti avec le miel, that litteraly translates: Camembert roasted in oven with the honey.

Here is the recepy.

Have a Camembert form with its wooden box for each guest.

Cut the Camembert as you see in the picture below, cutting the top of each form off.



Dig in the cheese so to make space for some pieces of apple you have already prepared on a side.




Put the apple's pieces in the cheese you have already prepared in the center of the cheese form.





Then put some good honey on the top of the cheese forms.





Close the Camembert forms with their tops.




Put just a little bit of water on top of the cheese so that the brown sugar you are going to put on top remains easily on the top of the cheese.




Put the sugar on top of the cheese.





Put the Camembert in the oven for then minutes at around 200°C.




Enjoy it with some toasted baguette bread!



This post would has been made thanks to Blandine and Olivier Le Cloirec from Laurenan who prepared a fantastic Camembert roti au miel with local, organic and very tasty ingredients, and (most important) with great passion!  

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Friday, September 21, 2012

Hiking along the old railway line from Loudeac to Laurenan


Brittany has so much to discover and it is a wonderful place for great trekking!

The Grand Randonne 34, along the Coast of Brittany is certainly the most famous walk, but there are many walks less known that it's still be interesting to discover.

Brittany has a lot of beautiful walks to offer away from the beaten track.

Forty kilometers South of St Brieuc and St Malo, an old railway line not more in use has been transformed in a great path ideal for cycling and hiking.

It is called "ligne verde", litteraly translated "green line" and we discovered for you the section from Loudeac to Laurenan, running along the border between the rigion of Cotes d'Armor and Morbihan.

It is a nice section to walk in a day, it is long little more than 25 Km and it is easy to walk.

The town of Loudeac, the starting point of the walk, is quite little, but has a beautiful square with few shops an old church and few medieval buildings.









From South of Loudeac the walk start running along the back gardens of some houses before to cross the highway and then run along the fields. 

The more you walk and the more the panorama become interesting, with broader views towards the fields and the chance to admire the old train stations now available to let if you are travelling in group along the path.







After having passed near the village of Plemet (14 Km from Loudeac and 11 to Laurenan) the panorama changes and soft hills replace the flat fields you have seen before.

You will walk a section in the wood before finally emerge near the little town of Laurenan.




Although very little, the town of Laurenan has a beautiful square where the church and the war memorial are situated.



You can either stop in Laurenan and visit the surrounding countryside or keep going towards Merdrignac 10 km away from Laurenan.   

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Discovering the Cote du Penthievre and the wonderful Cap d'Erquy.



Why to visit the Cote du Penthievre?

Even in a cloudy day the Coast between Pléneuf-Val-André and the Cap d'Erquy looks fantastic.

West than St Malo and Dinard and North than Lamballe one of the most beautiful stretches of the Brittany's Coast welcomes you: the Cote du Penthievre (the Coast of Penthievre).

Beautiful golden sand makes the beaches unique and the panorama scenic and wild.




Why the Cap d'Erquy is so famous?

The Cap d'Equy it is dramatic, wild and isolated even more in a cloudy day at the end of the summer. 

The heather is already in flower decorating with a beautiful violet shade the cliffs.

They say that near Cap d'Erquy, exposed at the wind and at the wild sea, was the village of the comix Galois heros Asterix and Obelix, fighting Caesar and the Roman Empire.

We don't know if that is true or not, but this cliffs are arguably one of the most inspiring in Brittany.

It is a wonderful contrast between the golden of the sand, the light blue of the sea and the violet of the heather.


Even the little sea side resort of Pléneuf-Val-André and Erquy have a special charme at the end of the summer.

The promenade in Pléneuf-Val-André is deserted and no one is walking along the beautiful beach.

In the little harbour the fishermen are waiting better weather to take the sea at Erquy.

From the path the views are wonderful and they are certainly worth the visit.
















What else you can see after having visited the Coast of Penthievre?

You can drive West along the Coast towards Dinard and St Malo or you can visit the wonderful Medieval town of Dinan or move South towards the beautiful town of Lamballe and Montcontour with its beautiful cottages.

A special thanks goes to Patrick Crehin and his wife from Lamballe. Thanks a lot Patrick to make us discover Dinan and the Coast of Penthievre.

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