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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.

Winter fried rice

Pumpkin, chestnut and spinach fried rice Serves 6 Ingredients 200g basmati rice 100g wild organic black rice 2 tbs olive oil 800g butternut pumpkin, peeled, cut into thin wedges 200g cooked, peeled chestnuts, chopped roughly 4 garlic cloves, chopped finely 100g baby...

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Ten tips to be more effective in the kitchen

10 Useful Tips and Tricks to be More Efficient in the Kitchen Let’s face it, we’re all busy. It appears that being busy is the ‘plague’ of the 21st century. So, it’s no wonder that many of us are constantly looking for ways to speed up various tasks – including...

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Crystallised ginger & pecan tart

This ginger tart is an elegant take on the regular slab cut. This twist on the classic recipe makes for a beautiful and quirky version. Serve with whipped cream to cut the tang of the ginger. Crystallised ginger and pecan tart Serves 12 Base 150g unsalted butter 1 tbs...

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Plenty of Winter action at CSF

We don't try and compete with the big boys in resort, we try to stay unique and true to mountain life. We understand that skiing is fun but not for everyone, so at Chalet Savoie Faire we have a variety of activities throughout the winter months to suit the whole...

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The Barn – phase 3

In the previous posts l didn't mention the barn / loft area around the back of the property. It's a huge space that we are converting for my car, Hugh's motorbike and my treasures that l keep buying from all the antique markets. It can also double as a party room,...

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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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