We are in search of an oven dish. You'd think this was easy--but oddly it isn't; or at least we haven't found what we're looking for. Of course we could probably buy what we want in one of the hypérmarchés but that's no fun.
What we're after is an oval or square dish for au gratin recipes. Typically the type of dish you'd use to make baked chicory[Belgian andives] rolled in ham with a bechamel sauce; or baked asparagus. The problem is anything we've seen is either too large or too small. We already have dishes for 4 to 6; we want a dish for 2.
We'd had no joy at the brocante in Ferriere Larcon earlier this month. Today we were planning to try the brocante at Le Grand Pressigny. The drive from Charnizay is one of our favorites. It meanders along the Aigronne, the trout stream which feeds into the Claise at Le Grand Pressigny.
|people watching from the café|
When we approached Le Grand Pressigny, all seemed suspiciously quiet. Given the one-way traffic system we wondered if the brocante was set up near the chateau/musuem. It wasn't. We spotted a small sign simply saying the brocante was cancelled. So what to do?
In France there is always another brocante... Niall remembered seeing flyers for one in Ligueil, which wasn't far away.
We know Ligueil quite well. In the 1990's when we first came on holiday to the Loire area we stayed in a gite about 3 kms outside the town. Some of it hasn't changed a bit, like the ancient--and still used-- gentleman's walk-in pissoir built outside against the back wall of the church. However, the square in front of the church has had a very nice make-over.
|poppies on the way home|
We had an amble round and kept an eye open for the elusive oven dish, but didn't spot what we were after. So we grabbed a table outside one of the cafés to the side of the church and settled down for some people watching and a coffee before heading home for lunch.