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The Dordogne Valley & My Comeback

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28 Oct The Dordogne Valley & My Comeback

I know it’s been too long since I’ve last blogged and I’m both ashamed and sorry. I’ve also been told off by several people, so I hope this one makes up for my absence.

The last few months have been extremely busy and believe it or not, I spent all my time writing (not for my blog, obviously!) To escape the stress, I sought refuge in the kitchen, but never long enough to come up with a post.

So now that I’ve submitted all the work for my master’s program, I can officially get back to blogging and most importantly to food.

Last January, I impatiently waited for Aran Goyoaga from Cannelle et Vanille to post the dates for her 2012 workshop. I was lucky enough to get a spot in one of the most coveted food styling and photography workshops out there.

So, as a graduation gift to myself, I joined Aran and nine other wonderful women in the Dordogne Valley in Southwest France for an unforgettable week that consisted of cooking, styling, photographing and eating.

The workshop took place in a tiny village called Beynac, which in my opinion is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been to. Famous for its foie gras, or the place where the movie Chocolat was filmed, Beynac is full of cobblestone pathways, medieval castles and cute restaurants with food that’s just perfect for a getaway in the French countryside.

Every day of this wonderfully planned trip was filled with long walks in the lush French countryside, *very* long visits to the market, immaculately styled (and delicious) picnics by the Dordogne River, trips to a walnut grove, ice cream tastings (I tried poppy, daffodil and violet and they were creamy, flowery and delicious), baking sessions and unforgettable meals.

In a nutshell, I spent a week with wonderful company, beautiful surroundings and great food that connected me with people who have become treasured friends.

 

26 Comments
  • Tracey
    Posted at 23:14h, 28 October Reply

    Oh Leen, I love your photos!!! You’re just like me in the fact that you keep it short and simple in the way of describing it. I happen to just have started my post today and sweating over how to describe my trip. It was such a pleasure getting to know you and look forward to having a visit with you soon!! Just love those pics!

    • Leen
      Posted at 08:26h, 29 October Reply

      I can’t wait to see your post Trace! We definitely have to organize a reunion soon x

  • Melissa
    Posted at 02:11h, 29 October Reply

    Beautiful photos. Isn’t Aran just the greatest? I love the workshop I took with her in the summer!

    • Leen
      Posted at 08:26h, 29 October Reply

      Thank you Melissa! Aran is wonderful, so happy to have had the opportunity to meet her and learn from her.

  • Juliana
    Posted at 08:13h, 29 October Reply

    What beautiful photos and memories! Miss you.

    • Leen
      Posted at 08:27h, 29 October Reply

      Me too Juliana! x

  • Stephanie
    Posted at 09:11h, 29 October Reply

    Leen, your images are so beautiful! This was truly the perfect gift for all of your hard work at Oxford. I’m so glad you made it!

    • Leen
      Posted at 09:56h, 29 October Reply

      Thank you Stephanie! This trip would not have been possible without you. Thank you for making it so memorable.

  • Hanan
    Posted at 09:35h, 29 October Reply

    Beautiful pictures Leeno! miss your blogs.. keep them coming ! massive hug. Pride!

    • Leen
      Posted at 09:57h, 29 October Reply

      Thank you Hanoon x

  • Ala
    Posted at 19:47h, 29 October Reply

    Cool Pics Leen! what did you shoot them with ?

    • Leen
      Posted at 19:49h, 29 October Reply

      Thanks! Nikon D3000 and the 18-55mm lens

  • Alia
    Posted at 19:55h, 29 October Reply

    Beautiful work Leen!
    very inspiring..good luck and wish you all the success!

    • Leen
      Posted at 20:19h, 29 October Reply

      Thank you Alia!

  • Tanya HH
    Posted at 22:26h, 29 October Reply

    Breathless…and appetized! The pics exude serenity without even being part of them. Leeno, you’ve something special that’s getting even “specialer”.
    xx

    • Leen
      Posted at 23:45h, 29 October Reply

      Bugs! Thanks xxx

  • Leen of Cookeaseblog.com
    Posted at 10:30h, 30 October Reply

    Wow is all I can say!!! Breath-taking pictures that make your mouth water and a beautiful description to go with it! Congratulations on your masters and please keep blogging! Definitely one to follow!!!

  • Waleed
    Posted at 14:14h, 30 October Reply

    what a beautiful way to start off the week. thank you for a wonderful post.

    • Leen
      Posted at 11:30h, 02 November Reply

      Thank you Waleed x

  • Sarah
    Posted at 00:10h, 31 October Reply

    I just can’t stop looking at this post. I love it!!!

    • Leen
      Posted at 11:31h, 02 November Reply

      Thank you Sarah! You know what’s coming next :)

  • Maha D
    Posted at 10:21h, 02 November Reply

    Fantastic work! World class … I love it xxxso proud of you

    • Leen
      Posted at 11:32h, 02 November Reply

      Thanks Maha! I hope we get to make beautiful things together.

  • Sara
    Posted at 11:45h, 26 November Reply

    In love with each piece…I want to jump into each picture and bite into my screen :)

  • LaMereCulinaire
    Posted at 23:05h, 15 December Reply

    WOW!!
    I’m jealous!
    But still very happy for you!

    Love the photographs and it must have been a great experience!

  • Karin@yumandmore
    Posted at 17:00h, 09 January Reply

    Stunningly beautiful results!!!
    Simply gorgeous.

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