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“Laughter is brightest in the place where food is”

"If you really want to make a friend, go to someone's house and eat with them… the people who give you their food give you their heart."

(Cesar Chavez, Latino American civil rights activist)

Here at Blue Noun, English classes will begin again next week - granting us a couple more days to bask in the aftermath of an amazing festive season.

We are honoured to have had so many fabulous guests to celebrate with. It was our first Christmas in our new premises - and quite simply a delight to have such an amazing space to share - and a top quality, professional kitchen to cook in.

It turns out that our premises are perfect for having a party!

Over the week we invited a series of different guests to join us and language learners Axel and Katarzyna (Germany/France) for a full week of meals celebrating Christmas, friendships, great food and wine. By day, Axel, Katarzyna and I explored the beautiful region of Perth and Kinross - occasionally knuckling down to a bit of work, but to be honest, mostly drinking coffee, chatting and munching our way through an enormous selection of regional, seasonal treats (and the goat cheese Katarzyna brought from Paris).

My personal food highlight were the pears poached in red wine, thyme, cinnamon, which made the room smell of Christmas - and tasted divine, but over the week we cooked up pineapple fritters, porridge, profiteroles, veggie moussaka, asparagus and parmesan soufflé, German-style red cabbage, parsnip and apple soup, cheesy leek pie, roast potatoes, baked potatoes, salads, nut loaf, ratatouille, vegan coronation tofu, cakes and biscuits - and we celebrated New Year with homemade mushroom pakora and a veg/paneer curry - and of course, a whisky or two!

“The gentle art of gastronomy is a friendly one. It hurdles the language barrier, makes friends among civilized people, and warms the heart.

Samuel Chamberlain

It was wonderful sharing not just the eating, but the art of cooking with our guests: not that we're experts! But it's a wonderfully informal way of putting everyday language skills into practice while breaking down any teacher/student awkwardness: there is so much to learn about our own culture and our guest's culture by sharing both food and food preparation together. Personally, learning recipes from around the world is one of my favourite things about travelling: it's the souvenir I always take home.

“You don’t have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces — just good food from fresh ingredients.”

Julia Child

We know that Christmas is a time people would like to spend with their family, but often they can't. We are happy that at Blue Noun we extended our little family unit to welcome friends and students for a series of meals, sharing food, wine, stories and a whole lot of laughter.

If you joined us, thank you so much for the pleasure of your company: it was a truly special week.

Want to join us for our next meal - you don't need to wait a year: contact us and let us know - we'll be finding excuses to celebrate throughout the whole year!

Laughter is brightest in the place where food is.”

Irish Proverb

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