The Markets of Provence

Tuesday morning in Vaison, Sunday at L’Isle sur La Sorgue, the farmer’s market every evening at Vallerons — each day in Provence is a market day where you can buy anything from tapenade and olives, to fresh fruits and vegetables, to roast chickens, ribs and quail.  It was hard to resist buying too much.

Fortunately our rented house had a well equipped kitchen and with so many good ingredients available, it was easy to put together great meals.  In fact, we all agreed that our home cooked or assembled meals were the best we ate.  Every evening, we drank an apero poolside and watched the sunset.

One day we invited some friends who happened to be in the same area over for lunch.  We started with local air dried mountain ham with melon.  

Then we had roast pork, green bean salad with vinaigrette, Provencal potato salad with olives, thyme and red onion, and a multi-colored tomato salad.  Followed by a course of some local cheeses with cherry conserve.


 The local bakery supplied an apricot cream tart.

I read a lot, took long walks in the countryside, and visited some pretty medieval towns.  I came home feeling restored  and inspired.  Two days later and back in New York, we had an earthquake and Saturday brought Hurricane Irene, but so far, nothing has dimmed the glow of my summer vacation.





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    • Michele Scicolone