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Published on June 23rd, 2013 | by Ann Rickard

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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About the Author

is a Noosa (Australia) local and author of six successful books, all humorous travel narratives. In 2005 Ann won the prestigious ASTW’s Australian Travel Writer of the Year and in 2007 she won the ASTW Travel Book of the Year. Ann takes a culinary tour to the South of France in June every year . Ann writes travel, dining and columns for the Sunshine Coast Daily and is the Life editor of the Noosa News. Ann also maintains a well read and popular blog site. Ann’s travels have seen her explore cuisines all over the world.



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