A Wedding In Burgundy

A Wedding In Burgundy

On August 6th we had the honour of hosting Lauren and Adam Richardson’s for their wedding at The Hungry Cyclist Lodge.  Arriving from all over the world, seventy of the bride and grooms family and friends, came to Auxey-Duresses to celebrate Adam and Lauren’s special day in the heart of Burgundy wine country. 

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A Garden In Burgundy - Summer 2016

A Garden In Burgundy - Summer 2016

"Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness, Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun; Conspiring with him how to load and bless With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eves run; To bend with apples the moss’d cottage-trees, And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core; To swell the gourd, and plump the hazel shells With a sweet kernel; to set budding more, And still more, later flowers for the bees, Until they think warm days will never cease, For Summer has o’er-brimm’d their clammy cells."

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Saucisse de Morteau and Butter Bean Casserole

Saucisse de Morteau and Butter Bean Casserole

In our cellar a few lonely root vegetables lurk, and after months in the dark they are starting to soften a little and need eating.  Butter beans and other pulses are always in stock as well, and these hearty beans always soak up plenty of flavour and add some well needed protein for the muscles after a days cycling or digging in the garden. 

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Braised Beef Cheeks and Dijon Mustard Mash

Braised Beef Cheeks and Dijon Mustard Mash

A regular favourite here at The Hungry Cyclist Lodge is slow braised beef cheeks. Easy to prepare and unimaginably unctuous, they are full of flavour and the slow braise fills the house with glorious smells, perfect when returning from a days cycling and wine tasting in Burgundy. Paired with a creamy mash, flavoured with local Dijon mustard, this is a dish perfectly suited for autumn nights. 

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Oeufs En Meurette in Cream & Chardonnay Sauce

Oeufs En Meurette in Cream & Chardonnay Sauce

Oeufs en Meurette is a Burgundian classic. A soft-poached egg swimming in a rich red wine sauce, it's a warming and hearty dish, perfect for autumn days. However as a hot summer has come to an end I have found that the same principle work of serving a poached egg in a creamy white wine sauce flavoured with herbs from the garden

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The Hungry Cyclist Lodge on Instagram

The Hungry Cyclist Lodge on Instagram

A creative way to journal those daily snap-shots, if you want an inside view of a stay at the Hungry Cyclist Lodge or a what cycling holiday in Burgundy looks like, have a look and follow The Hungry Cyclist Instagram feed. Full of photos of food, wine, landscapes and the occasional brocante find, it's a beutiful way to keep in touch.

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Spring In The Vines of Burgundy

Spring In The Vines of Burgundy

April is exciting in Burgundy. The muted greys and browns of winter steadily make way for the electric greens of spring and as if over night the landscape of the Cote D'Or changes colour. The wiry silhouettes of trees transform into an soft mass of verdant foliage and dormant spring flowers burst from the ground.

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Accommodation For The Burgundy Wine Harvest

Accommodation For The Burgundy Wine Harvest

Witnessing the wine harvest is a must for any real wine lover. Here at The Hungry Cyclist Lodge we won't force you into the fields to pick any grapes, but book accommodation for the Burgundy grape harvest with us with us, and whether you're watching the pickers from our terrace, or of walking in the vines, we guarantee you'll experience the true nature of this important annual event first hand. 

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Winter In A Burgundy Garden - Photography

Winter In A Burgundy Garden - Photography

Hardy plants, branches, watering cans, forgotten garden tools. Nothing is sparred from the sharp crystals of frost that cling to everything. The clear night sky makes way to the bluish hue of morning. A few hungry birds chatter in the bitter cold and heavy blanket of white cold is revealed.  

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