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January News from Active Gourmet Holidays

 Active Gourmet HolidaysGreetings from Active Gourmet Holidays!

HAPPY NEW YEAR! Make 2015 the year you finally take that culinary journey. Choose from France, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Peru or Morocco. Active Gourmet Holidays has the perfect choice for you! Take a look at some suggestions below.

Our January recipe comes from a very talented chef in Andalusia where you can learn this and more on our Culinary Delights of Andalusia cooking vacation. 


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Jan 2014 News - Costa Brava DiscoveryNEW! Costa Brava Discovery 
Girona Spain - 3 nights

Available year round (excluding August)

DIscover the beauty of the Costa Brava South, its surroundings and astonishing views, the gastronomy and wines, and the magnificence of its historic buildings. With this three night program you will stay at a modern hotel which beautifully melds the old with the new as it was formerly an old monastry from the tenth century. You will have a cooking lesson learning a couple of typical dishes of the area taught to you by the hotel's chef. "Tapas" are also part of the gastronomic culture here and you will be able to taste some of them at different "tapas bars" during your tour of Girona.

Jan 2015 AGH News - Culinary Wine Adventures BurgundyCulinary and Wine Adventures in Hidden Burgundy 
Burgundy, France - 6 nights
Available April to November  - Sunday to Saturday
Experience the delights of hidden Burgundy! You will be introduced to its gastronomic secrets and will join in on hands on culinary and wine adventures with a talented chef whose style of cooking reflects the use of fresh, fragrant, colorful, seasonal food inspired by the markets and local producers. Discover the 1er and Grand Cru Vineyards with a renowned wine expert with exclusive access to some of the most famous Domaine's in the Cote de Nuits and Cote de Beaune. Create delectable dishes, witness the vibrant market of Dijon, learn from the area's traditional baker and dine out at 3* Michelin Restaurant.


Jan 2015 AGH News - Classic TuscanClassic Tuscan Cookery Classes

Tuscany, Italy - 7 nights  
Available April to November

Spend a fabulous week at a remote villa in the gorgeous countryside of Tuscany where rolling hills, ancient vineyards and Etruscan history will fill your senses. Learn to cook in a magnificent kitchen with a native born Tuscan who will teach you this wonderful peasant cuisine using the freshest ingredients available.

 Read more: Classic Tuscan Cookery Classes


 Client Testimonial 


Jan 2014 News - Shannon and Mike Client Remark  "Our trip was amazing!! One of the best trips we've ever had. Bordeaux was stunning, we had perfect weather, the experiences we had were nop notch. The Relais was gorgeous. Arcachon and the Dune of Pilat, so surprisingly breathtaking. I can't decide where my favourite place in France is now! The bikes, the driver, the tours, the whole thing was so well put together.Thank you so much. I can't tell you how many of our friends are green with envy about this trip and I've given them all your contact info for when it's their time!"


Shannon and Mike H., Kamloops, Canada  



Chicken with prunes, cinnamon and honey 


Serves 4 


4 chicken portions 
2 tbsp olive oil
Pinch of saffron thread 
3 ripe plum tomatoes, peeled and chopped
1tbsp clear lavendar honey 
425ml (14 oz.) chicken stock
1 tbsp fresh ginger, grated 
150ml (5 oz.) water
1 tsp sesame seeds, toasted 
50g (1 and 3/4 oz.) raisins
115g (4 oz.) prunes 
1 - 2 stick cinnamon
Salt and pepper

Jan 2015 News - Chicken with Prunes_Culinary Delights



1. Heat the pan hot and add low quality extra virgin olive oil, then brown the chicken on all sides.
2. Add the cinnamon, tomatoes, stock, salt and pepper.
3. Bring to the boil, cover and gently simmer for 45 mins. Remove the lid after 35 mins.
4. Meanwhile, cook the prunes with ginger, honey, raisins, and saffron in water until tender, which should take about 15 mins.
5. Take the chick out and transfer to a warm serving dish and keep warm.
6. Reduce the above juice to 150 ml and add to the prunes. Heat for a further minute.
7. Pour over the chicken and garnish with sesame seeds. Serve immediately.




Contact Information
Active Gourmet Holidays
Jo-Ann Gaidosz
Phone: 1.203.732.0771
Fax: 1.203.734.6903
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Skype: active.gourmet.holidays 


"Dear Jo-Ann - We just had the most amazing week. It was everything we could have hoped for and more. We are already planning a "make your own pasta party" at our house to introduce friends to the very unique flavours we tried and made! Jo-Ann, the others who came through Active Gourmet - Ed, Cathy and Kelly were all very complimentary about the service they had received from you, as were we. I was hugely impressed with your immediate attention to every detail and I will certainly recommend friends to your website if they are considering similar trips to ours." - Joneen and Ray S., Auckland, New Zealand

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