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

Aups- Yes- it does snow here!

Le Diamant Noir in Winter We too have had scenery from a  “winter wonderland” to accompany the Chrismas festivities !  It does snow occasionally, but it never lasts for long.

Santons of Provence

“Santons” are painted figurines, crafted in Provence, representing characters from all walks of life.  The more elaborate are dressed in provençal fabrics, in traditional dress. The word “santon” is said to be derived from “little saint” and these figurines have … Read More

Anchoïade

This dish is a provençal speciality served at apéro time and goes well with a glass of chilled rosé. Served with crusty bread, or on mini toasts, with cruditiés it is an anchovy based dip, a perfect appetiser or starter … Read More

Aïoli

There is a running argument regarding the origins of aïoli,whether or not it belongs to Spain, Catalonia, Roussillon, the Vaucluse, Carmargue, Côted’Azur or Haute Provence, but it has had a place on the tables of all these areas for generations. … Read More

Truffle Season Aups

On a cold and frosty autumnal morning in November a crowd gathered in the market square in Aups, capital of the Haut Var,  This was no ordinary morning. At 10am, a whistle blew and everyone went into the hall for … Read More

Daube Provencal

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Soupe au Pistou

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