Normandy Chicken

Normandy is one of the great gastronomic regions of France. So when a dish is prepared à la normande what exactly does that mean? Any combination of fresh cream, cider and calvados (or apples), and cheese. I try to keep a Normandy theme to the menus at Basse Copette, and one of the most popular dishes is Normandy chicken. It is a wholesome meal – just the meal that is called for after a long day walking the Normandy countryside. I am often asked for the recipe, so here it is (without photographs for the moment I am afraid). Continue reading

A new Museum in Giverny

Musée des Impressionnismes

Musée des Impressionnismes

Following the closure of the American Art Museum in Giverny in 2008 a new museum was quick to take its place. On 1 May 2009, the Musée des Impressionnismes was opened. The museum is principally interested in the history of Impressionism, its followers, the role of Giverny and the Seine Valley in this great artistic tradition. It promises to be an influential museum of Impressionist Art, and its opening exhibition (1 May – 15 August 2009) will include some celebrated paintings of Monet’s from le Musée d’Orsay and le Musée Marmottan Monet. Basse Copette is about an hour and a half from Giverny, and a well-placed base from which to visit many of the other landmarks in Upper Normandy that are closely associated with the Impressionist movement, including Rouen, Le Havre and the well-known white, chalky cliffs of the Upper Normandy coastline. Continue reading