Archive for August, 2012

Recipes

Gazpacio of red capsicum with prawns

Gazpacio of red capsicum with prawns

It’s hard not to get inspired in Provence. Sometimes I replicate what I eat to the best of my ability, sometimes I ask the chef for the recipe, and others, I take pieces of inspiration from the dish and create something a little more me. This is the first kind, […]

August 29, 2012 ×

Culinary Travel, Destination Guides

The liveliest village in France -Eygalieres, population – 1877

The liveliest village in France -Eygalieres, population – 1877

The Bar du Progress is heaving. There’s not a chair to be found outside. The language is French, only French out here. The locals know what the tourists don’t – coffee first, then shop. The busier it gets, the merrier it gets, and the longer they stay. It’s never too […]

August 29, 2012 ×

Wine O'Clock

Chapoutier Bila Haut Blanc 2009

Chapoutier Bila Haut Blanc 2009

This white is from is a relatively small and high altitude vineyard, from a fairly hot wine growing region by french standards (Côtes du Roussillon). So what you get is a wine with both warm and cool characters – lowish acid combining with a cool honeydew melon fruit. It’s both […]

August 21, 2012 ×

Wine O'Clock

Domaine Cordier Pouilly Fuisse 2010

Domaine Cordier Pouilly Fuisse 2010

For those that don’t know the region, Pouilly Fuisse is a Chardonnay from Burgundy, but it’s just south of the golden strip (Cote d’Or), and in the cheaper, warmer region of Mâconnais. It is however the shining star of the region, and many would say that you’d be better off buying […]

August 19, 2012 ×

Culinary Travel, Destination Guides

Oh my Gordes

Oh my Gordes

Some French villages are real. They have prospered and struggled with the ages and the ebb and flow of humans – the traits of the inhabitants varying as much as the quantity. One century, a byroad brings trade and wealth. The next war and desolation. Children leave for the big […]

August 18, 2012 ×

dairy free, gluten free, Recipes

Provincial Lavender and Honey Cake

Provincial Lavender and Honey Cake

This is a honey and lavender bundt I prepared for my children. They are dairy and gluten intolerant, so I have made accordingly – it would possibly taste better with softened butter to replace the oil, cows’ milk, and a light country wheat flour to replace my gluten free mix. […]

August 11, 2012 ×

Culinary Travel

The Purple Haze of Provence

The Purple Haze of Provence

It’s like solidified ultra-violet rays. Lavender coats the hills of Provence in shades of blue, indigo and violet. Corduroy streaks the hills, pausing at cypress windbreaks, timeworn abbeys and native forest. The plants form a playground for impossibly cute animals – bumblebees as fluffy as persian cats, plump field bunnies […]

August 11, 2012 ×

Wine O'Clock

Cantina di Custoza Pinot Grigio 2011

Cantina di Custoza Pinot Grigio 2011

A little more forward than many other Pinot Grigios on the market. Ripe nose, full of fruit (pears mainly), but also a little chemical/oily smell, which fortunately does not dominate. A little spice on the palate, again, rare for modern Italian Pinot Grigio, and welcome, as far as I am […]

August 5, 2012 ×

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Les voleurs

All I can remember are a pair of tanned legs, dark shorts, white socks and runners leaping out the door. The next image is of two strapping youths leaping the 7-foot fence, one after the other – the latter heaving my laptop over at the first to cover it. Blank […]

August 5, 2012 ×