BAGAN ON TOUR WITH FAT BUDDHA YOGA
In May Lucy and I packed up crates of kitchen utensils, spices, powders, potions and crispy fried garlic and set off to Moliets-et-Maa in southwest France. It was time to take the Bagan dining experience to a yoga and surf camp hosted by the brilliant Fat Buddha Yoga. This was not only our first time taking Bagan on tour but also our first experience catering on a retreat so we were super excited albeit slightly nervous. A 5 day cook off in the heart of a forest in a tent at high temperatures was going to be interesting.
Run by DJ, yoga junkie and Nike trainer Jessica Skye, FBY takes a modern approach to the ancient art and science of yoga running pop-up classes in everything from sunny rooftops to nightclub basements around London. The classes are accessible and fun, centered around great beats with tailor made mixes and playlists to suit every class. FBY like Bagan has a focus on creating good vibes, open minds and playing sick beats so working with them felt natural and in tune with our ethos.
After a short flight to Bordeaux followed by a drive we arrived at our camp of hippie chic bell tents. It was nestled in the most beautiful and idyllic forest of tall trees and sandy floors a short walk from the beach, centred around a huge wooden decking built for yoga classes and our supper clubs. Lanterns hung from the trees and twinkled as the night drew in. The boys of Star Surf Camps worked into the night to finish the build whilst myself, Jessica and photographer Stephanie tucked into crusty bread, cheese and wine. It was the calm before the storm.Tomorrow was going to be a busy day and our kitchen was still being built so all we could do for now was relax.
The following day we started early. First on the cards was a MASSIVE shop where we filled 4 trolleys. Later we settled in to our kitchen in the heart of the forest. Feeling connected with nature and slightly out of our comfort zone we pulled out the Bagan folder of schedules and recipes, turned up the tunes...ready, steady cook.
The emphasis on the food was to be healthy, conscious and nutritious. We wanted to provide food that was delicious, nourishing and contained enough energy to support their action packed days of surfing, yoga and beach vibes. However it was important for us produce yoga food with an edge, injecting our Burmese spice and fragrance into the dishes taking them to new heights.. We supplied a two course breakfast, a smoothie and energy ball snack then a two course supper every evening. Here is a selection of some our most favourite dishes.
After nearly a week of living in nature with like minded people away from the hustle and bustle of London, its pollution and relentlessness, I was ready to buy a campervan, leave London and become a hippie. Our days were long and although we left covered in burns, cuts and bruises our hearts left open and full of love, our minds inspired and energised by an ability to finally breath. It’s so easy to get caught up in London life, feeling like you spend your time running. This trip to France made me feel present again, fully connected with myself and the planet.
Thank you Jessica Skye for having us, putting on a yoga retreat that was beautifully created with such attention to detail and full of good vibes. Thank you to the yogi crew for being such lovely guests and all their kind words about our food. Also a huge thank you to Stephanie Sian Smith for amazing photography and for being such a wicked energy to be around, uplifting and funny. It was a strong girl crew. We loved every minute. Can't wait to be back next year.