PART A – ALSACE
PART B – Bordeaux
Photos of Provence and recipe links and ideas below:
From Montelimar in the Rhone Valley to the Mediterranean shores of the Cote d'Azur, this province is France's sunniest, most varied and enchanting. Cities: Aix-en-Provence with its main street, Cours Mirabeau shaded by an arcade of plane trees, Avignon once the seat of the papacy and Arles famous for ampitheater and the fact that Van Gogh painted a lot there!!!! Provence is lushly colorful and has lured other artists such as Cezanne, Renoir, Gauguin, Matisse, Picasso and Braque, etc. Paintings below:
Except for occasional nerve-fraying blasts of the mistral winds, Provence is a luxuriant Eden of pear, peach and fig orchards, olive groves and truck farms producing eggplants, zucchini, peppers and onions which, along with olive oil and garlic, make up the region's best known dish ratatouille (this author's favorite to make and serve with garlic bread and Parmesan-Romano).
Other foods: fish specialties, tender lamb flavored with thyme and lavendar.
Flowers and perfume: Gardens of roses, mimosa and carnations provide the raw material for the perfume essences, distilled in Grasse and the bouquets that are sold in street markets! (and yes those are artichokes with their flowers!!)
NOW LET'S GET TO THE FOOD TODAY!!! Recipes are current day
found on Internet
Two links below:
What are Herbes de Provence? A combination of the following herbs:
You can buy the herbes de provence (middle photo) from Williams-Sonoma but I have also found it at the grocery store or specialty store AND of course on AMAZON.
OR if you want to make your own here is Emeril's recipe:
Tian of Zucchini and Rice
Strawberry Parfait with Candied Roses and Violets
(no photos of this exact dish with the candied flowers)
Just throw a few edible violets on top!!
MORE PHOTOS and VIDEOS OF PROVENCE BELOW!!!