A Meal in Provence

I have just returned from a fantastic trip to France. After accepting a generous invitation to join some friends at their home in Provence, I was unprepared for the staggering beauty that the countryside offers; lavender fields, vineyards, truffle trees and medieval villages set on green hills. The abundance of ingredients offered at the local open air markets made planning dinner a delight.

Provence

I would like to share one such dinner with you. The most simple ingredients were transformed by fire, a gratin dish and a beautiful view. I will let the photos speak for themselves.

Lamb Chops with Rosemary

An open fire made with gathered firewood was all this lamb needed.

Preparing to Grill

Two beautiful potatoes, sliced thinly, and arranged in a gratin dish with chopped tomato, olive oil and herbes de Provence. Okay – I put a little butter on them – it is France! Bake at 375 degrees until golden and cooked through. (Test with a fork).

Potatoes Ready to Bake

A cucumber salad with fresh tarragon added a bright and cooling component to the meal – sprinkle with olive oil and white wine vinegar.

Cucumber Salad with Fresh Tarragon

And the meal is ready! Bon Appetit!

A Meal in Provence

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