The fun of eating in.

Holidays in France are a great experience. A new culture and great food and wine. But it can become expensive. We use our apartment a lot, so have made sure there is plenty of cooking equipment for all of your needs. Especially after a busy day out, you may not feel like changing and going out to find a restaurant. Grab a few things from the village butcher or supermarket before you settle in for the evening and try one of the local specialities. There’s couple of recipes in our book next to the microwave you can try, or add one of your own. Oreilles d’Ane is a popular local dish with cheese and spinach. (Recipe below).

If you don’t feel like cooking yourself, there’s also the option of ready prepared meals.  the butcher usually has a daily special. Maybe you could just grab some bread, cheese and wine for a lovely simple supper. You can enjoy it on the terrace in summer or in the cosy warmth of the apartment during the winter. No need to brave the cold nights.

Oreille d'Ane

Oreille D’Ane (for 4 people) 

400g Spinach leaves. Wash in water and wilt in a covered pan. Drain thoroughly and squeeze out water before chopping finely.

Pancake batter :-(if you’re feeling really lazy buy some lasagne sheets instead. If they are dried ones, soak in water for a couple of miinutes to soften.)

240g flour, pinch salt,  2 eggs, 1tbsp oil, 500ml fresh milk.

Make into a batter and leave to stand for half an hour. Make into 6-8 thin pancakes in a frying pan. (you may have too much batter, in which case, cover the jug and leave in the fridge for breakfast pancakes-just add a little sugar and lemon).

Sauce.

40g flour, 40g butter, 400ml fresh milk, 1 egg yolk. 

Melt butter in a saucepan over a medium high heat, add the flour and mix together until it looks like a honeycomb. Stir in the milk off the heat a little at a time and bring to the boil to form a smooth sauce.  Simmer gently, stirring regularly for 5 minutes to cook the flour. Season with salt and pepper and some freshly grated nutmeg. Take off the heat and add the egg yolk. Leave to cool for 5-10 minutes.

Add half of the Spinach to the white sauce, add some sauce to each pancake, and roll up. Cut each pancake into 4 pieces and put into the bottom of a buttered baking dish.

Spoon  the remaining spinach and sauce , 100g creme fraiche, 100g grated gruyere cheese and 2 tbsps fresh breadcrumbs over the top of the pancakes.  YOu can omit the breadcrumbs if you wish, but I think it gives it a nice crunch.

Bake in the oven for 25 minutes at 210c. Leave to stand for 5-10 minutes before serving with fresh crusty bread and some thick sliced mountain ham.

 

 

 

What’s on this Summer in Serre Chevalier?

Things to do in Summer

 

Although we are famous for skiing in winter, there’s a lot of things happening in the valley over the summer months too.

Check them out. Walking, climbing, via ferrata, cycling, mountain bikes and many more.  Don’t forget the white water sports on the River Guisane and Durance either.

The lifts begin opening from 30th June until the 2nd September. See the Tourist Office for more details on dates and opening times.

Less strenuous pursuits are available. Walk in the flower-filled meadows to rustic restaurants in 17th century villages, visit the walled Vauban town of Briancon and visit the Medieval festival or Bastille day re-enactments.

Bars and Restaurants

If these have whetted your appetite, please contact us for current availability at Chalet Chamoissiere during July.

 

 

Summer in Serre Chevalier

There’s so much to do in Serre Chevalier in Summer. Where do I start? Do you want the thrills of white-water rafting, the joy of walking amongst wild flowers, sheep and mountain goats? Or you could climb a crag, swim in a lake or just relax in the thermal baths of Le Monetier-les-Bains.  Why not cycle the mythical cols of the Tour de France, or even just watch the race, which goes through the village in July? Then chill on the terrace of Chamoissiere with a glass of wine and watch the sun go down behind the Col du Lauteret before heading out to one of our lovely local restaurants. Book now on our website with code Summer17 for a 10% discount on all breaks of 7 nights or more until the end of August. Chamoissiere Things to do in Summer

Chamoissiere and the Tour de France 2017.

It was announced yesterday that the Hautes-Alpes is right back on the cycling map and will feature in 3 stages of the Tour de France 2017. There will be a great atmosphere in Serre Chevalier with Stage 17 finishing in Serre Chevalier on July 19th, and stage 18 starting from Briancon on July 20th with a tough finish at the top of the Col d’Izoard.

Tour de France 17th July.

Finally Embrun will see the start of Stage 19. It will be here that the Yellow Jersey will be confirmed. Why not come and join in the party? We’re just a short walk from the main road to watch the end stages of the race on 18th, or head along the village paths to Villenevue and witness the finish itself. Maybe you would like to emulate the cyclists? The amateur Tour stage the Etape, will be starting from Briancon on Sunday July 16th.

 

We’ve a beautiful apartment at the bottom of the Col du Lauteret just waiting for you. Double bedroom, sunny terrace, and  a walk or cycle ride to watch the racing. Get in touch for more details, and see our availability page at http://www.chamoissiere.co.uk/availability for prices and current vacancies.

 

10 things our guests have said about Chalet Chamoissiere

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  1. This was the best ski trip I have had in ages. Fantastically well equipped and managed apt. Amazing communal facilities and great location. Had to dig the car out – so shovel was v. handy! Loved it. thanks….
  2. Extremely comfortable for the two of us, with everything we needed, convenient for the lifts and wonderful extras like the pool and haman.
  3. What a fabulous, cosy, well equipped, secure, luxurious, perfectly-located holiday apartment. Spa facilities superb too! Thank you and we’ll be back!
  4. I cant fault anything, the location was superb for the ski lifts.The apartment was the best that we have stayed in on a ski holiday.
  5. The smallest thing had been thought of from all the kitchen equipment to the herbs and fresh coffee in the fridge.
  6. The ingenious layout and high level of equipment makes this place more than adequate for a family of four.We have always been very warmly greeted and have always found the apartment to be spotlessly clean and well maintained.
  7. Our endearing and enduring memory of staying at La Chamoissiere was the incredible 360 degree view of the mountains we had just walked as we relaxed in the pool.
  8. We have just returned from a fabulous trip. The conditions were excellent, and the apartment surpassed expectations. It was only a stones throw from the slopes, so we were able to come home for a leisurely lunch each day.
  9. A fantastic apartment, spacious and very well equipped. Lots of storage space and a wonderful pool and sauna. Well sited for the lifts in Monetier, which is a delightful village
  10. We were thrilled to be able to swim outside under the stars, surrounded by mountains. Snow conditions excellent. We can’t wait to go back. Many thanks for everything.

March Munchings

Some thoughts from our March trip. 

We head out  after breakfast into the sunny but cold morning, and stop for a coffee at the Halte de Pré Chabert, the self-service bar and restaurant at the bottom of the slopes, while we wait for a friend to join us. The ‘Plat du Jour’ has already been posted on the blackboard, today it is Blanquette de Veau, which seems to be very popular everywhere this winter.  I think we have eaten it twice this holiday already, so we will save lunch there for another day. After taking the Bachas chairlift to the Monetier mid-station, we warm up with a couple of runs on Cibouit, then head up the Yret chairlift, and down the Cucumelle. We head towards Fréjus village, and stop for a hot chocolate at the Chalet Pi Mai.

 

Joining some friends who are staying in Chantemerle, we decide to ski in the Monetier sector, so we head up the fast 6 man Vallons chairlift and back to our home pistes. We stay high for a while, some of us enjoying the beautifully groomed slopes, and others heading off the side into the off-piste. Rumbling stomachs tell us it must be lunchtime. We are in Monetier, so it has to be Chez Dam’s at the Chalet de Peyra Juana, with it’s woodburning stove and shared tables. There is a sunny terrace for warmer days.

There is always a friendly welcome, and a few olives and slices of saucisse with your aperitif, Food here is simple but plentiful, with large salads, meat and cheese platters and pasta dishes making up the majority of the menu. The real star of the show is the Plat du Jour, and  today, a huge plate of Boeuf Bourgignon or Wild Boar stew finds its way out of the kitchen to take away those hunger pangs. No room for dessert today, but apple crumble, tarte myrtille and a hot chocolate cake are among the regulars on offer. If you’re lucky a digestif will find its way to the table with the coffee. 

More skiing on the lower pistes of Monetier this afternoon, and despite the amazing snow, the slopes are quiet and we have them almost to ourselves.  With the sun beginning to disappear behind the mountains, apres beers are back at the Halte, and we put our friends on the ski bus back to Chantemerle. Dinner tonight will be bread and cheese,  I’m still full from lunchtime.

Travelling to Chamoissiere with pets- Pet Passports.

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We’ve been visiting Chamoissiere with our own dogs for over 10 years. Travelling in Europe is not as difficult as it may seem.

First of all, they need a pet passport. This can be arranged with your vet. As all dogs must now be microchipped by law, that is the easiest part, and the first step in the process. Next, make an appointment with your vet for a rabies vaccine. This lasts for 3 years in the UK. Your vet will check and record the microchip details, then vaccinate your dog. Once the vaccination has been done, and the pet passport completed, you must wait three weeks before travelling. There is no longer any requirement for blood tests for travel in Europe.
Finally, before returning to the UK, you must take your dog to the vets where you are staying to have a tapeworm treatment (this isn’t necessary for cats).
This has to be done between 24 and 120 hours (1-5 days) before your return crossing/train to the UK.
Vet will again check the microchip, see that it matches the one in the passport, and record the date and time of the treatment in the pet passport.
This will be checked before you board your ferry or Eurotunnel, so make sure it is completed correctly before you leave the vets.
More details and information can be found on the DEFRA website.