Published on June 23rd, 2013 | by Ann Rickard0
Provence – Food and Markets
Food is perhaps the most important factor in a trip to Provence – well, it is to us.
The market stalls are laden with a mind boggling range of cheeses, fat green olives glisten in baskets, the foie gras (controversial product everywhere in the world but France) is bought by enthusiastic shoppers. As for the pastries, bread and cakes…it’s impossible not to salivate just standing in line at the patisserie. You haven’t tasted a chocolate croissant until you’ve had one in France.
I love a Croque Monsieur, a simple ham and cheese sandwich but covered with a béchamel sauce and topped with yet more cheese. Bake these beauties in the oven and enjoy them with a simple salad for an easy lunch. If you’re up for more, pop a fried egg on top and you have a Croque Madam. It’s French fast food.
Lunch at Terroirs restaurant in the market square in Uzes is an annual highlight for us. We eat snails, artichokes and pissaladier and watch the market wind down after a frantic morning. The stall holders have an efficient system of packing. Down come their umbrellas, into crates goes any leftover produce, the stall is dismantled in moments and packed into small vans, and they’re off. Within an hour it is as though the busy market was never there and the leafy square with its elegant fountain is tranquil once more.
Our evening dinners start around 8 each night in the lovely soft twilight. We finish our dessert – usually something creamy involving chocolate and cherries – around midnight with full bellies.
Up for more tomorrow?