Lemon tart

Dessert on the Finesse menu was my modern take on lemon tart, an intense free standing lemon cream like you find in a lemon tart, a gluten free almond biscuit to represent the pastry case, an isomalt sugar glass to replace the glazed top on a traditional lemon tart, lemon fluid gel, fresh raspberries, dehydrated…

White chocolate mousse

A new dessert on the Finesse menu is a white chocolate mousse scented with Darjeeling tea, cinnamon, star anise & vanilla. It is served on a bed of chocolate soil, fresh orange segments, orange scented chocolate ganache made with 66% mexique chocolate, orange sorbet made with fresh orange juice & mint sprigs. The chocolate mousse…

Scallops & Romanesque Broccoli

After many scallop & cauliflower dishes aboard the barges, a variation from the brassica family is scallops with Romanesque broccoli served as a starter aboard the Finesse. Also known as Roman cauliflower, chartreuse in colour it creates a very very smooth pure a little nutty in flavour, it pairs with the same things as cauliflower,…

Foie Gras

At the end of the week on Friday on the Finesse we have a last evening gala dinner, this week the starter was a pressed foie gras & raspberry terrine served with fresh raspberries, raspberry purée & pea shoots. A whole lobe of foie gras is bought to room temperature & then gently deveined, then…

Chocolate delice

A dessert from last nights dinner aboard the Finesse, dark chocolate delice, made with 70% chocolate, served on chocolate soil with fres strawberries, dried strawberry crisps, strawberry & red pepper sorbet, lemon cress.

The Finesse

The Finesse moored in Saint-Jean-de-Losne, our starting point one week & finish the following week. Although in these pictures she looks deceptively small at 38 metres long she is 8 meters longer than her sister boat the Enchante which cruises the Canal du Midi.

First lunch of the season

Our maiden cruise aboard the Finesse & we have just served our first lunch of the season, a beautiful warm day in burgundy, so for the starter we served a tomato salad of green zebree, marmande & crimee noir tomato, oven dried cherry tomato, mozzarella cheese, avocado, salad onion, basil & dressed with basil oil….