Guest: Jane Webster
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I chatted to Jane Webster, in a wonderfully warm and honest conversation about her story, taking her young family across the world from Australia to live in France, to build a life and renovate a dilapidated château.
Jane talks of the events leading to their decision to shift to a dual continent life in a very personal way. We also hear how the family made friends with the locals when they first arrived, and adjusted to their new world. Jane has a wonderful way of painting a picture for us FrancoFilers to hold in our minds of the way her life unfolds in France, from the early morning sunrises, the pottering in her potager, the splendid daily farmers’ markets and the beautiful French people who enrich her life.
Jane currently runs the château food and wine experience The French Table as well as a Château Life Residency.
I thoroughly enjoyed chatting to lovely Jane and dreaming of France for a while. Hear about the ways we can all become immersed with her at Château Bosgouet in this episode of Loulabelle’s FrancoFiles. It’s the French food needed for a FrancoFiler’s soul.
(Click the hyperlinks for independent reviews and online purchasing)
Château Bosgouet details
The French table at Chateau Bosgouet including the Chateau Life Residency.
A guide to French farmers markets as discussed in our chat.
Jane’s Social Media & contact
Jane’s farmers’ market Insta post – as quoted in this LFF Ep 7 “It’s not just shopping in France… it’s an event, it’s theatre… it’s that thing that feeds the soul…”
Jane’s Cheese Sables recipe (as found in her book At My French Table)
200g plain (all-purpose flour)
200g grated cheese (either all cheddar or half cheddar and half Parmesan)
200g unsalted butter
Large pinch of salt
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Squeeze of lemon juice
Place all ingredients into a food processor and pulse together to form a dough. Divide dough in half, then roll into 2 long sausage shapes. Wrap in plastic film and chill in the refrigerator for 1 hour.
Preheat oven to 200C (400F).
On a lightly floured surface, cut dough into 2cm-thick rounds. Place on a baking tray lined with baking paper. Bake for 15 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.
Serve as an aperitif with champagne!
(Sables with herbs can be found in Jane’s second book French Ties)
Link to Edith Piaf life story
Instagram posts with all the pics xx