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A selection of articles on all things Provence

Snow in Provence

It does sometimes snow in Provence – I remember once driving from Aix en Provence to Sanary sur Mer when it started to snow heavily on the motorway, and feeling very relieved to get to my destination!

Soupe au Pistou

This hearty and delicious soup is a provençal favourite and Provence’s answer to minestrone. Serve with crusty baguette and a crisp rosé. Ingredients750g diced green beans750g shelled white beans (if using dried beans soak overnight)750g shelled red beans (if using dried beans soak overnight)2 potatoes, courgettes and leeks – all diced1 stick celery chopped2 peeledContinue reading “Soupe au Pistou”

Tapenade

This tasty dip is perfect on small rounds of lightly toasted French bread or as a tasty dip for carrot and celery batons. Delicious with a crisp Côtes de Provence rosé. Ingredients 1 lemonSmall bunch fresh basil2 cloves garlic2-4 tbsp olive oil250g stoned black olives3 tbsp capers6 anchovy filletsCoarse salt and freshly ground black pepperContinue reading “Tapenade”

Visiting Nice

If you’re considering a holiday on the Côte d’Azur, you may well be thinking of Nice as one of your possible destinations. If so, it’s worth remembering that Nice is a big city (the 5th largest in France), with everything that entails, including traffic. And although the views of the beautiful Baie des Anges areContinue reading “Visiting Nice”

Provençal Balconies

Look up as you’re wandering around any town and village in Provence and you’ll spot pretty wrought iron balconies, often adorned with pots of flowers. Here are a few I’ve snapped on my travels.

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