The cooking of correspondents: Régis Raynal’s lemon cake

All year round, they provide information on the life of their village. Today, they deliver their favorite recipe.

When we ask Régis where he was born, he replies: “Between La Nouvelle and Port-La Nouvelle“.

That is to say ? “In 1951, the mayor was authorized by the prefect to give the town, which was called La Nouvelle, the name of Port-La Nouvelle. But the city council did not validate the change until 53. I was born between the two names“.

After primary schooling in the village and college in Sigean until 5th grade, he attended 4th and 3rd grade classes in Narbonne: “I stopped there. My French and drawing teacher pushed me to study Fine Arts in Perpignan, but all my friends stayed in Narbonne. I read an advertisement on L’Indépendant touting a new hairdressing school. I I took a CAP there that didn’t really help me”.

In 1973, Régis did his military service, then provided replacements and seasons at the Post Office, as a sorting clerk and postman. In 1977, he became a local correspondent for La Dépêche in Port-La Nouvelle, Sigean and Leucate, for 2 years: “It allowed me to discover film photography. I used a Canon and I had a lab at home”.

In the meantime, Régis sees a young girl in a Solex one day passing by in his street. Without hesitation, he gets on his moped and follows her. It’s Hélène, a Parisian recently settled in the village. Love at first sight and a few years later, he marries her. When the first of their three boys was born, he had to find a more stable job and entered the town hall: “ At first, I picked up the trash, then, after internal exams and competitions, I finished my career as head of technical services where the activity was, at the time, very varied and interesting.

But the life of Régis is above all marked by music. “I had my first guitar in 1967 and played in my first group in 68 in Lézignan (the Doris). I then started a rock group (Évasion). We almost played at Golf-Drouot, after winning a competition, but the bassist left us at the last moment. After the army, I played with another group (Céléphaïs) alternative rock compositions”.

In 1981, Régis returned to painting: “I painted in oil for 10 years, then in acrylic, thanks to Piet Moget, creator of the Lieu d’art contemporain de Sigean, who kindly granted me time”.

Régis has been a correspondent for the Independent and the Midi Libre since February 2021 when Louis Raynaud asked him to assist him.

Any young grandfather of a granddaughter, he will offer a lemon cake that she will no doubt soon like.

(PORT-LA-NOUVELLE) The kitchen of the correspondents: The recipe

Ingredients: 200 g flour, 150 g sugar, 100 g butter, 1/2 sachet of yeast, a lemon, 4 eggs.

Preheat the oven to 180 °. Combine flour, sugar and yeast. Make a well for the eggs. Mix everything well. Pour in the melted butter, then the grated zest and lemon juice. Remix.

Brush a cake tin with butter or oil and sprinkle with flour. Pour the mixture into the mold and put in the oven for 40 minutes. Unmould quickly.

Recipe

Ingredients: 200 g flour, 150 g sugar, 100 g butter, 1/2 sachet of yeast, a lemon, 4 eggs. Preheat the oven to 180°. Combine flour, sugar and yeast. Make a well for the eggs. Mix everything well. Pour in the melted butter, then the grated zest and lemon juice. Remix. Brush a cake tin with butter or oil and sprinkle with flour. Pour the preparation into the mold and put in the oven for 40 minutes Unmold quickly.

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