California Spin on French Classics
As winter has now disappeared for a nine-month nap, spring has sprung, the flowers are in bloom and I’m ready to visit the local farmers market to indulge in some fabulous
garden treats. During the past five years here in the States “farm to table” has become a very welcomed trend.
However, in the South of France, cooking has always been inspired by using fresh locally grown ingredients.
The first time I visited France was in June of 2000 and I’m surprised I haven’t become a permanent resident.
The trip wasn’t motivated to see the Eiffle Tower, the Louvre or Champs de Elysee, although I am a HUGE Tour de France fan
My first visit was to the South of France was because of a mutual passion of my companions for Chateauneuf-du-pape wine.
Our arrival town was St. Paul de Vence for a four day stay, not because of the wines just yet, but because it was a charming little village and seemed like a perfect place
for a wedding (another story for another day). I’ll never forget my first meal there, Salade Niçoise, obviously pronounced “Nick,O, Ise” – haha - OMG I cringe to think what was going through that servers mind.
I remember being brought an abundant dish of fresh vegetables, a perfectly boiled egg and a heavenly, yet simple tuna salad.
The saying “you eat with yours eyes first” was truly captured in this very moment.
Maybe it was the charm of this small medieval
village perched up on a hilltop along the French Riviera,, the rich cultural history, the thought that I am sitting in the exact place where artists such a Chagall and Picasso created masterpieces, or the amazing culinary creations, but I can
truly say I fell in love in St. Paul de Vence, ( not with the guy) but with the food and the culture.
One thing is for sure, this love will last a life time!
This month will start off by doing my own version of the Salade Niçoise that I was cheerfully greeted with that first day in France.
I’m excited to visit my farmer’s market today and see what ingredients will be pleasing my plate today.
I’ll also visit Catalina Offshore Products for some locally (and responsible caught) tuna.
I haven’t even had breakfast yet and I already can’t wait for dinner!
I hope you come back to visit this blog as I will be continue my take on French classics and sharing some of my favorite stories and food during the time spent in France.
Ah plew tar!