Archive for July, 2012

Culinary Travel

A golden wine triangle – The best Red, White and Rosé in the Southern Rhone

A golden wine triangle – The best Red, White and Rosé in the Southern Rhone

When I first visited Provence, I had no idea the Rhone appelation stretched down so far south. I had assumed that the Cotes de Provence region would hold my midday quaffers at local restaurants and I would be subject to miles upon miles of flabby whites and lolly-water rosés at […]

July 31, 2012 ×

Recipes

Caramel and Chestnut pie

Caramel and Chestnut pie

I’m still in France, and finding it increasingly hard to stay gluten and dairy free in support of my children. But the way I figure it, it’s only the kids who are supposed to be on that diet, so I’m allowed to fall off the wagon for a month. I […]

July 28, 2012 ×

Culinary Travel

Tours défectueux and Tourist Traps

Tours défectueux and Tourist Traps

I’ve just introduced my eldest son to the brilliance of John Cleese. Some people are proud of their children for their academic achievements, their physical prowess, or even their beauty, but important to me in conjunction to this, is that my kids ‘get’ my sense of humor. And he does […]

July 25, 2012 ×

Culinary Travel

Fatty Liver

Fatty Liver

This morning, the collection included a Muscadet, a Picpoul and a Chablis from our oyster wine-match experiment. Then, of course there was the Tavel – a palate cleanser before the main, then the rest of the whites with it. I think the “Vallon” from Mas de la Dame probably got […]

July 19, 2012 ×

dairy free, gluten free, Recipes

Cherry Frangipane

Cherry Frangipane

A trip to a provincial market is always inspiring, but the recent one I took to Tarascon, in the Bouche du Rhone departement was an eyeful of the grandest degree. I came home with a bundle of goodies, not the least, but the cheapest, being a half kilo of deep […]

July 17, 2012 ×

Culinary Travel

Saint Remy – the market, the yellow house and green zebras

Saint Remy – the market, the yellow house and green zebras

Saint Remy de Provence is famous for being the place where Vincent Van Gogh tried to regain sanity. Unfortunately, it seems it did not work (He shot himself a year later, it’s thought). It’s a cacophony of a village, confused and overrun. Tiny, colourful and quaint, and full of loud […]

July 16, 2012 ×

Culinary Travel

Tarascon – the Maman of markets

Tarascon – the Maman of markets

Each market in France seems to have its own personality. It’s odd, because often, I see the same vendors in different market squares on different days, and yet they slide into each market puzzle seamlessly. The markets are faces of a partially solved Rubik’s cube, the vendors its coloured squares. […]

July 13, 2012 ×

Beautiful places and spaces

On taste, or goût.

On taste, or goût.

“So French.” It’s a compliment. For just about any other nation, it would probably be accompanied by a roll of the eyes and a groan – “So Australian.”, “So British”, “So American.” But the French have somehow put a stamp on their style, bonding it to the country’s name with […]

July 11, 2012 ×

Beautiful places and spaces

Je suis bête

Je suis bête

Je suis bête. Mais, c’est bien. It’s my first morning in France for a few years. Yesterday, my arrival played as a comedy of errors, and unfortunately some errors of little comedy, but today will be easier. I know it sounds tritely droll, but a little baguette and beurre, speckled […]

July 9, 2012 ×