Friday, June 20, 2014

Just what the doctor ordered

Guests at Cuisine de Provence often ask me "so what kind of food do you cook for just everyday?" They would probably be somewhat disappointed, as I am so not an organized daily cook - I don't really plan our meals but sort of look around the kitchen, the pantry - or, if I am really good - into the freezer early enough to allow for defrosting time.
Which didn't happen today. I woke up with a real bad toothache and what was really disheartening about this was that our wonderful dentist had recently retired. Don't you find it is one of the hardest things ever to find a dentist you really trust? I had no choice but to bite the bullet so to speak, went to his successor, begged the receptionist to be allowed to see the doctor and got away with antibiotics and painkillers and six (yes, six) bottles of mouthwash - French doctors don't do small prescriptions. But I really think I found a new dentist we will be happy with. Phew!
By then it was lunchtime with nothing planned for so another improvision needed. I had cherry tomatoes, miniature red and yellow peppers, a big bunch of flat leaf parsley and garlic. A big splash of olive oil went into a pan, the cherry tomatoes and chopped up peppers followed and I let everything wilt over medium heat. A clove of garlic, finely minced, a glass of tomato sauce and a few capers and pasta from the pantry - lunch was ready. Perfect food for a still somewhat fragile tooth - just what the doctor ordered.


  1. Well this looks fabulous, but I am sorry it took a toothache to inspire it!

  2. Good ingredients = a good meal.

    Very sympathetic about your dental issues. My dentist had to correct some work a previous dentist did and it was not pretty. Glad you found someone you feel confident about.


  3. Hi Barbara,

    I find it difficult to find any kind of medical professional I can trust. I still long for the doctor that took care of us when we were children. He made house calls!!!

    So sorry to hear about that tooth. I do hope you are on the mend. You also chose the perfect dish to make it feel better. Loads of good stuff and lots of vitamins. I think readers would be surprised at some of the meals I prepare. I happen to think yours looks delicious! Thank you so much for sharing...

  4. Sorry about the toothache but lunch looks absolutely delicious. Totally summer and Provence. Nothing could be better.

  5. It's making my mouth water!! Ditto sorry to hear about your tooth - going to the dentist is such a dire experience, isn't it? Geçmiş olsun!
    PS You never told me how you got on with Nathalie...

  6. Looks absolutely delicious! I think simple meals are the best. Simply throw together what you have, and it will all turn out!! :-)

    I hate going to the dentist too, and last year, even saw my old dentist in Istanbul during one of my vacations. I still need to find one here in Warsaw.

  7. Oh, and what a nosh, my kinda food :) hope you enjoyed it and your tooth is better, that pain is no fun :( x

  8. What a fantastic looking meal, despite of your toothache.
    The secret is definitely in the fresh, colorful ingredients.
    Hope you are much better by now!

  9. One thing about being my age....the doctors and dentists are all younger! Glad you found a dentist you're happy with.
    Perfect lunch for a toothache!