It’s all gone deathly quiet here the last week, which is consistent with previous years figures. We shall get busy again around Xmas and the new year. The population of our town/village fluctuates between 1400 permanent inhabitants and 10 000 in full season which reflects not only Vernet’s attraction for tourists but the amount of people who have second homes here. Brits, Parisians, and Danes are the most common nationalities having second homes here in the area. Why so many Danes choose this area is a mystery, we didn’t see any in the Dordogne. Dave says it’s because Hans Christian Anderson wrote about Vernet, but I wouldn’t buy a house anywhere on that basis. Still, I digress.
It does mean that business goes from one end of the crazy scale to this end of the deathly quiet scale which brings it’s own challenges for the kitchen. In summer I can’t seem to get enough food in stock, filling our stockroom and our 1200L storeroom fridge to the rafters whereas now, of-course the challenge is how to keep a varied menu on offer without throwing away loads of food. Fortunately we fill up on Saturday nights and Sunday lunches, so I keep minimum stocks during the week and boost up on the weekend.
I also have to be careful with stocks – not to keep too much in the fridge and to prepare less but more often. However it’s a good time to deep clean the kitchen, plan the Christmas menu…there’s always something to keep us busy!