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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.
Barley Risotto

Barley Risotto

Barley Risotto Serves 4 I love to make this meal over the winter months, a generous serving in front of the fire, it’s a true winter warmer and everyone loves the flavours. Ingredients 220g pearl barley, rinsed 40g unsalted butter 4 tbsp olive oil 6 garlic cloves,...

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Roasted vegetable filo triangles

Roasted vegetable filo triangles

Roasted vegetable filo triangles Seves 4 These are such a great way to get rid of left overs in your fridge, you can change up the fillings depending on what you have at hand. Ingredients 1 pkt filo pastry 220g feta cheese handful fresh dill 1 lemon zest 1 sweet...

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Christmas love in the French Alps

Christmas love in the French Alps

Christmas is the perfect moment to enjoy love and laughter with family and friends, to immerse yourself in the magic of the French Alps, and to relax at the beautifully & tastefully renovated “Chalet Savoie Faire”. A time to enjoy roaring log fires, delicious food...

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Celeriac, beet and white bean burgers

Celeriac, beet and white bean burgers

  Celeriac, beet and white bean burgers Serves 6 Ingredients 75g celeriac, grated 50g red or yellow raw beetroot, grated 200g dry white beans, soaked overnight, cooked and mashed 100g organic red rice, cooked 40g fresh breadcrumbs 1 egg 50g courgette, grated on...

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Cycling in Savoie 2020

Cycling in Savoie 2020

Chalet Savoie Faire provides a cycling experience for all levels. The French Alps are an idyllic backdrop for honing your skills or taking it at an easy pace with the supportive power of an e-bike. Whatever your level of challenge, the Alps are perfectly suited to...

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Promotion – Half day cookery classes in August

Promotion – Half day cookery classes in August

For the first time I'm adding in a special half day PROMO cookery treat for those of you who are close enough, have the time and would like to enjoy some fun times in a beautiful kitchen with a crazy Aussie. The classes are for everyone who enjoys cooking, the recipes...

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Roasted turmeric & ginger granola

Roasted turmeric & ginger granola

Roasted turmeric & ginger granola Seves 8 Ingredients 2 cups rolled oats 2 tablespoons coconut oil 1/2 cup honey 1 teaspoon vanilla powder, or extract 1 teaspoon ground ginger 2 teaspoons turmeric 2 teaspoons cinnamon 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds 1/3 cup sunflower seeds...

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Phase 9 – The Barn renovations

Phase 9 – The Barn renovations

Spring has arrived and so has a new stage of the build - we have a septic tank, hooray. No longer a pipe that runs into a field and if you are wondering, NO we never did use the toilet. The kitchen is also installed along with a water tank and new electrical box. The...

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Sticky cauliflower rice with mixed nuts

Sticky cauliflower rice with mixed nuts

Sticky cauliflower rice with mixed nuts   Serves 6 Ingredients 1 cauliflower 2 red onions, finely sliced 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped 1 tsp ginger zest 1 tbsp yellow mustard seeds 150g mixed unsalted nuts 6 radishes, finely chopped 1 bunch fresh herbs ,...

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Sweet potato, cheddar & chive scones

Sweet potato, cheddar & chive scones

Sweet potato, cheddar and chive scones makes 14 Ingredients 450g spelt flour 1 tsp himalayan salt 6 tsp baking powder 100g unsalted butter 200g sweet potato, grated 100g mature cheddar cheese, grated 1 bunch chives, chopped roughly 120ml cold almond milk (or normal if...

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Phase 8 – The barn renovations

Phase 8 – The barn renovations

Quite a lot of progress since the 10th of February, Hugh hasn't stopped, starting at 8.00 am, a quick lunch at 2.00 and then back he goes until 6.00pm (lucky the wife knows the right type of energy food to feed him -  can't have him stopping or feeling tired). He's...

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Mixed seed crackers

Mixed seed crackers

Mixed seed crackers   Ingredients 1/2 cup black or golden sesame seeds 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds 1/2 cup flaxseeds 1/2 cup sunflower seeds 1/4 cup Quinoa flour or Buckwheat 1 cup water salt and pepper Method Preheat oven to 180C. Combine all the seeds in a bowl and...

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