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Summer lifestyle @ La Baye des Anges

Summer lifestyle @ La Baye des Anges

Very often, it starts with a Petanque. All are welcome, and our Japanese friends are most excited to learn a new game Pind pong under the wisteria is another big draw But of course, it all ends around the pool.. This was a lucky evening: chef Sylvain Robert, from l’Aromate in Marseille, cooked for us…

July in the kitchen garden

July in the kitchen garden

We have now hit the “Corne d’abondance” point, to which it impossible to keep up eating daily what the garden produces, especially tomatoes so I am experimenting with the age old conserve making, here with the tomato coulis, ubiquitous in Provencal cuisine Tomatoes, oignons and Swiss Chard   Melons Courgette flowers Green beans    Straight…

L’Aromate @ la Baye des Anges

L’Aromate @ la Baye des Anges

Sylvain Robert, L’Aromat’s chef and his wife Virginie cater for our summer fiesta this year, the brief is to cook from our kitchen garden’s production: tomatoes, courgettes, courgettes flowers, aubergines; spring onions, and a variety of herbs… the result is awesome and wiped out within minutes! Sylvain Robert is Maitre Cuisinier de France, you can…

From soil to pot…

From soil to pot…

Since the whole point of a kitchen garden is to have create delicious meals, here is our take on how to use it.. Our very first courgette, how exciting! So tender that it can be eaten raw, and makes a delicious salad with your choice of herb and a drizzle of olive oil The overgrown…

June in the kitchen garden

June in the kitchen garden

The garden has now turned into a jungle!! The tomatoes are climbing up, the courgettes and melons spreading way out of their garden bed Strawberries keep coming out! On the lower left corner of the picture, a leave of Comfrey that I use as organic fertiliser, plants do seem to like it a lot 🙂…

May in the kitchen garden

May in the kitchen garden

Because food is quite high in our priorities, especially tasty food, we are monitoring our brand new kitchen garden weekly, and although (or rather because) we only use comfrey as fertiliser, it’s growing like weed: the aromatic square is pretty much filled up by herbs, the courgettes have become immense and already spreading out into…

April in the kitchen garden

April in the kitchen garden

This being the first year, we are watching the kitchen garden closely, in particular the strawberries that are literally turning red before our eyes, very exciting!! We also added quite a few lavender planters on the steps, thereby creating a mini lavender field to attract auxiliary insects, which along with mixed plantation is the base…

Searching for truffles

Searching for truffles

With winter comes truffle season! Truffles grow under specific kind of oak trees and under very precise conditions of humidity and ground composition. Traditionally, the pigs would be used to find the precious mushroom. We don’t have the famed pigs, but a friend took her gentleman-dog to our place to give it a try, and…

Provencal cooking classes

Provencal cooking classes

In Vaison, we are blessed with fabulous markets and grocery stores: cooking and long meals with friends and family are one the best way to enjoy the Provencal way of life. If you would like to learn more about local cuisine, Gisele is your best bet. Her cooking classes make everything look so easy. You…

Chateau-la-Nerthe

Chateau-la-Nerthe

Chateau-la-Nerthe is a must, not only for the discerning oenophile, but also as a sight worth seeing. If the Chateau is XVIIIe century neoclassic, part of it’s cellars date back to medieval times.        

Vaison-la-Romaine’s Market

Vaison-la-Romaine’s Market

Tuesday is the day. Market is a very big deal here, and the big Tuesday market (there is a smaller one on Saturday and an even smaller one on Thursday evenings) is renowned since Roman times. There are of course fruits a vegetables, but also plants, house hold items, clothes it’s an open air supermarket, but…

Summer

Summer

With summer, comes the lavendin in full bloom in our little field, the cropped is processed into little flowers, and fills up little pouches that will spread they aromas the closets, chasing away unwanted bugs..   Summer is also synonym of lazy summer afternoons, long meals..     .. and fireworks! Our view point puts us…

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