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Welcome to the Chalet Savoie Faire blog. Catch up on the latest news, recipes and things to do in and around the Naves Fontaine area. Meet me, Nikki, my husband Hugh and our two pups, Bailey and Milo.

Purely Vegetarian

Over the past few years l've an increased number of guests asking about vegetarian classes, so l've decided to run 3 half days of "Purely Vegetarian"  with a twist. Promising to give you a large selection of menus, fresh ideas, new tastes and an easy impressive way to...

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And the walls came down – phase 2.

  So aside from moving all the treasures that were left for us to the rubbish, Hugh decided to take down the walls at the same time, l mean why not?. The once dark and dingy bedrooms have become open spaces, behind one of the back walls we found a lovely stone...

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Spiced apple & walnut cake

Spiced apple & walnut cake Serves 10 Ingredients 5 large cooking apples 1 cup brown sugar 1 cup plain flour 1 tsp cinnamon 1 tsp nutmeg 1 egg 1/2 cup sunflower oil 1 tsp baking powder 1/3 cup walnuts 1/2 cup sultanas Method 1. Prepare a loaf tin with baking paper....

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“1842” House renovations, phase 1

Document the build from start to finish l hear you all say over and over again , ok, ok, ok, this is the start. This blog will let you see the step by step progress into creating a new space for you all to enjoy one day in the future. It will be slow as we are still...

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Clothing, cooking & antiques in the Alps.

  Many people hate shopping, for those of you who don't know me, l'm certainly not one of them! Over the years many of our guests have asked me to take them shopping because they love what they see at Chalet Savoie Faire and can imagine some of those pieces in...

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Sweet potato & barley salad

A great summer recipe to fill your table with goodness, sweet potato is full of flavour, especially when it's served simply. The combination of roasted sweet potatoes and the chewy crunch of barley works well. I like to eat a bowl of this salad for lunch but it's also...

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Tour de France – Taste le tour

Well it's that time of year yet again, the super fit mad men take to the roads, travelling all over France's beautiful country side. We know there are so many of you in Australia that stay up all night and watch stage by stage, you don't need to be crazy about cycling...

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Peach tart

I had obviously bought too many peaches at the market last week, not sure what it is, the smell, the colour or the look of them - l can never resit from filling  my basket. Once home and they look so gorgeous in a crystal bowl, sitting in the middle of my dining table...

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Savoury tart tatin

Savoury tart tatin Serves 6 - 8 Ingredients 250g cherry tomatoes 500g baby potatoes, with skin 1 red onion, finely sliced fresh Dill 2 tbsp olive oil 150g goats cheese 1 pkt puff pastry 40g sugar 10g butter salt & pepper Method Preheat the oven to 130C. Halve the...

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Beetroot hummus

Beetroot hummus Ingredients 500g beetroot, scrub well before cooking 75ml extra virgin olive oil 1 large onion, peeled and chopped 1 tbsp ground cumin 350g chickpeas, drained 1 tbsp tahini 2 cloves garlic, peeled & crushed 80g greek yoghurt 60ml lemon juice &...

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Almond crumbed Camembert

Almond crumbed Camembert Serves 8 Ingredients 2 Camembert cheeses 1 egg, beaten 4 tbsp plain flour 1/2 cup fresh breadcrumbs 3 tbsp flaked almonds Salt & pepper oil for shallow frying 1 cup home made plumb jam   Method Cut the Camembert into quarters and then...

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An October treat in Savoie

Not many people know how beautiful October in the Alps can be! Simply STUNNING will easily sum it up...Autumn colours, clear light, warm days and nights curled up by the fire with a glass of red. We have decided to kick October off with a special offer to cyclists,...

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