Tag Archives: Provence

Bouillabaisse, the Rolls-Royce of Seafood

I’ve been asked to write the best Provencal recipe for a good friend. There are quite a few that come to mind but I’ll settle on this one: so Provence’s most illustrious dish, our fabled Bouillabaisse, will be revealed in … Continue reading

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Christmas in Provence: History and Recipes!

In Provence our Christmas season begins on 4th December, the day of St. Barbe (yes, we do have a Saint named Barbe, nothing to do with a beard though), with the ritual sowing of wheat and lentils on shallowdishes to … Continue reading

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Rosemary, the Mistress of Herbs

On a perfectly sunny winter afternoon there I was riding my bicycle, engrossed in impure thoughts and going downhill at great speed. Suddenly around the corner, fate, in the person of Father Marchand who was also riding his bicycle on … Continue reading

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Thyme is on my Side

We all have our favorite herbs. Personally I could not imagine a world without Thyme. Being a son of Provence, one of my earliest childhood memory is running through scented hills covered in wild thyme (something to avoid in spring … Continue reading

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Nostalgic Foods, Part 1

Marcel Proust whose “Remembrance of Things Past” (Volume 1: Swann’s Way: Within a Budding Grove,) hinted at how the smell of a freshly baked cake called madeleine can evoke a particular moment of childhood, a distant past, in short, nostalgia. … Continue reading

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