Snow in Aups!

We woke up  yesterday to a snowy scene at Le Diamant Noir.  We have had snow here before but not much. However it continued to snow all day, reminiscent of a past life in the north of the UK !  … Read More

Compliments of the Season

Wishing all our guests- both old and new a very Happy Christmas from the South of France With our Very Best Wishes to you all for the year ahead Having had a very busy season we are now enjouing some … Read More

“I was Lost in France—–“- Haut Var

It was a beautiful February day- clear and warm.  Having enjoyed a beautiful lunch outdoors, on the terrace of a restaurant in Lorgues, with some work colleagues, I went home. As Colin had been at home all day,  I suggested … Read More

La Bourride- Provençal fish soup/stew

La Bourride is a Mediterranean fish stew- not to be confused with bouillabaise.  given the abundence of fish along the Mediterranean coast of Provence,  it is not surprising that there are many traditional fish recipes . The definition of bourride … Read More

Brouillade de truffes

Aups in the Var area of Provence, France hosts a weekly truffle market in season ( November to February). Aups has the third largest black truffle market in France At the height of the truffle season, the brouillade aux truffes … Read More

Brouillade de truffes

Aups in the Var area of Provence, France hosts a weekly truffle market in season ( November to February). Aups has the third largest black truffle market in France At the height of the truffle season, the brouillade aux truffes … Read More

Thoughts of Provence

Just to whet the appetite!- Come and see for yourself! Endless blue skies, scenery captured in light that has inspired writers and painters for generations, abundant,fresh produce transformed into tasty treats, rosé  by the gallon,villages that time forgot, street cafés … Read More

La Galette des Rois- Epiphany in Provence

The Christmas and New Year festivities over for another year- well not quite- we must not forget the feast of the Epiphany. This annual festivity takes place on the 6th January and celebrated the arrival of the “Three Wise Men” … Read More

Fromage du brebis

We are privileged to have small local producers on our doorstep, producing high quality cheeses for the local markets One such producer of excellent organic sheep’s cheese is at Sillans La Cascade LE JAS DU VIGNAL 83690 SILLANS-LA-CASCADE http://www.visitvar.fr/en/fiche.aspx?idPrestationTif=16907 The … Read More