Monday, May 25, 2015

Culinary Snapshots from Provence

What a busy month of May this has been! In May the tourist season starts to really pick up in Vaison la Romaine. This is the month when friends who know when Provence is at its best start to appear on your doorstep. There are birthdays to be celebrated, tomatoes to be planted, it is the month of asparagus which we now eat about every other day and I even cooked the first twelve jars of cherry jam yesterday! My cooking classes had to be prepared, new recipes were tested and cooked by my lovely guests. So in between our private lunches or dinners tend to be fast and improvised. Have a look at what we ate lately:

 Beef capaccio with lemon vinaigrette, shaved parmesan and a little side salad

Tomato-Mozzarella revisited - I let the cherry tomatoes wilt with a little lug of olive oil over moderate heat, deglazed them with a splash of balsamico. Served lukewarm with baguette on the side.

Round zucchini stuffed with onion, garlic, sausage meat and some grated cheese, served in a very light tomato sauce

A wonderful dinner at my blogger friend Michel and Shirley Augsburger's beautiful Sablet house who served us

the best ever leek Risotto with steamed cod on a delicious fava bean puree

These two cuties visited Cuisine de Provence


  1. Oh my, you made me swoon this morning...

  2. Barbara, was für wundervolle Dinge ihr so genießt, da werde ich richtig neidisch. Dein Beef Carpaccio mit der Zitronen-Vinaigrette sieht wunderbar lecker aus - und alle anderen Gerichte natürlich auch.Tolles Essen, schöne Fotos und gute Freunde - was will man mehr?!
    Liebe Grüße,

    1. Na, wer hier auf wen neidisch sein sollte sei mal dahin gestellt - ich jedenfalls krieg jedesmal "Pfützchen auf die Zunge", wie mein Mann das so nett sagt, wenn ich Deine wunderschönen Beiträge lese, liebe Andrea!

  3. Looks like you've had a delicious (and busy) month!

  4. All so very beautiful and inviting dear Barbara, enjoy this wonderful spot and all the best with your wonderful cookery classes, how I wished to join you!!:) Ozlem x