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.
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.
An open fire made with gathered firewood was all this lamb needed.
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).
A cucumber salad with fresh tarragon added a bright and cooling component to the meal – sprinkle with olive oil and white wine vinegar.
And the meal is ready! Bon Appetit!
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