Morzine ski trip II: the food

by Jeanne on May 13, 2009

in Travel - France

I posted last week about our Morzine ski trip and what we got up to on the ski slopes and in our lovely chalet.  I promised you that I would devote another post to the food – and here it is!

We had booked a catered chalet so we knew that we could expect catering.  What we did not expect was to get Chris & Beccy, the Best Chalet Hosts in France.   If I had been able to personally request chalet hosts for our party, I could not have done better than these two:  they adored cooking!  On the first night, we knew from the Inside Edge website that we could expect canapés and a pre-dinner drink.  What we did not expect was that this would be a nightly occurrence, and that the meals that followed would be carefully planned, meticulously executed and beautifully plated.  Each night just seemed to get better and better. 

Before I treat you to a run-down of our fab meals, I also have to tell you that every morning while we were having our breakfast, super-organised Beccy would be busy baking so that when we came down from the slopes at about 4pm, there would be fresh cakes or biscuits with our tea or coffee.  Just look at a few of the treats that awaited us:


But the main event each day truly was dinner.  Take a look at what was on the menu:


Trout mousse and cucumber canapés
Winter vegetable soup
Beef Stroganoff with wild rice
Pears poached in red wine with homemade vanilla ice cream




Goats cheese, spinach and pine nut phyllo parcels
Leek and Roquefort individual quiches
Chicken breasts stuffed with Mozzarella & wrapped in bacon with a tomato salsa
Chocolate mousse in hand-made chocolate cups




Goats cheese & Prosciutto crostini drizzled with honey
Smoked mackerel paté
Confit de canard with stewed blueberries
Baguette bread and butter pudding




Blinis with creme fraiche & caviar
Phyllo pastry cups with creamy mushrooms
Stuffed pork with roasted root vegetables
Platter of local cheeses with port & fresh apple




Coronation chicken vol-au-vents
of melon featuring a melon fan, melon sorbet and melon balls in port
Fish and chips a la Chris & Beccy
Creme brulée with raspberry sorbet and an apple crisp




Boursin and cherry tomato crostini
Calamari, prawn and chorizo salad with sweet chilli sauce
Lamb shank tagine on couscous
Coconut sorbet with candied pineapple



So can you see why I kept saying over and over again:  "I'm never going home!" 

The cooking provided a feast not only for the tastebuds but also for the eyes, and much as we didn't begrudge them their weekly night off, we felt pretty hard done by on Wednesday night when we had to venture out to town and check out the Morzine dining options.  More on that in my third and final Morzine post.  Stay tuned…

And if you haven't yet, please check out my latest column on Food24 where I delve into my childhood food memories for a good helping of nostalgia.

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{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

Natalian May 14, 2009 at 8:35 am

Now that is what I call a holiday! The food looked simply divine and the menu was so varied! Fabulous – I would also never want to go home!


Herschelian May 14, 2009 at 8:44 am

Wow – I’ve put on weight just reading the menus and looking at your (as ever) gorgeous pix. If you hadn’t been burning the calories by skiing you’d have all come back a size larger!


blooKat May 14, 2009 at 10:30 am

Thursday seems a little retro!
“Coronation chicken vol-au-vents” – that must pre-date even your WTSIM… round-up!


WendyT May 14, 2009 at 12:05 pm

Gosh, that all looks divine!!! Certainly would get my vote for best Chalet Hosts!!!


Joan Nova May 14, 2009 at 12:48 pm

Looks like “Food Heaven”. It’s a wonder anyone made from the table to the slopes.


Antonia May 14, 2009 at 12:55 pm

Now this is my kind of skiing trip – how fantastic to find chalet hosts who are such great cooks. How brilliant to be able to look forward to such beautiful food after a day on the slopes – the presentation is stunning!


grace May 14, 2009 at 3:40 pm

good heavens, jeanne. i’ve stumbled upon food porn central! the moral of this post is that i would’ve never gone skiing–i would’ve just camped out in or near the kitchen the whole time. awesome.


Manggy May 15, 2009 at 5:02 am

Omigosh Jeanne, everything looks so good! I’m beginning to wonder how you even brought yourself to leave! :)


Cookin' Canuck May 15, 2009 at 5:56 am

Wow! What an amazing spread! That is my kind of holiday!


african vanielje May 15, 2009 at 10:17 am

And here I thought you actually went to ski. Just how much use did your birthday present get?


Pille May 15, 2009 at 11:30 am

Ok, the food does look rather yummy :) I like the sound of many dishes, and the fish & chips look cool!!!


nina May 15, 2009 at 12:17 pm

That’s it I’ off to make our booking!!!!


Ash May 15, 2009 at 2:02 pm

Good grief! I want to go there too. Want to join us for Christmas? :)


courtney May 17, 2009 at 8:01 pm

Wow, how nice not to have to cook, but be in competant hands. Well worth the trip!


Paula Maack May 20, 2009 at 9:22 am

Jeanne, what a epic display!!
The photos are gorgeous and the food looks fantastic!
When you go skiing Cook Sister style, you really meant it. Wow!
And, I thought I booked a great itineraries, but I must bow to you on this one. You have raised the bar, sister. Well done!!!
~ Paula


johanna May 20, 2009 at 7:02 pm

god, i know why you like this so much… shame they’re not continuing as chalet hosts next year, i would have booked straight away!
good heavens, i don’t think i’d have skied at all that week ;-)


Florence May 26, 2009 at 9:27 pm

I’m not much for skiing, but I can really get behind that food!


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