Culinary Vacation, South of France, Provence Cooking Vacation
Provence Recipes Provence recipes depend on fresh produce and meat, plentiful in Provence, although it takes some searching.
The butcher prepares and sells only meat, the baker specializes in bread and pastries, the grocer stocks only wine, fruit, and vegetables. Foraging in the hills can provide the wild herbs de Provence if the village allows.
Foraging in the countryside will produce some surprises, interesting old ruins in fields of rosemary and rocky outcrops sprouting thyme.
In the south of Provence along the Rhone Delta a trip in the Camargue will bring views of the white horses roaming free. In the Camargue you will find rice and the Camargue sea salt for serving at the table.
Stuffed squash and stuffed tomatoes: In June the markets have ample squash and tomatoes. A combination of beef, wild boar sausage, thyme, oregano and left over French bread is mixed in a grinder after the meet is cooked. The stuffing is inserted in the hollowed out zucchini squash and tomato. The caps are replaced after a sprinkle with grated Parmesan cheese. They go in the oven for about an hour. The caps of tomato darken as the juices intensify and mix with the stuffing
The Camargue is noted for its horses, bulls, and the harvesting of sea salt.
The people evaporate sea water and harvest the salt in a huge operation near the mouth of the Rhone River.
The salt is available throughout Provence.
The Camargue Sea Salt is served at the table so that each diner can use it to their liking.
Stuffed squash and tomatoes served with chicken soup, minced chicken and thyme canapes, sliced fruit with goat cheese, and Cotes Du Rhone
Foraging for herbs along the old canals, some dug by the Romans in the first century make interesting walks. Both sides have flat trails where mules once pulled barges.
Cooking with the Wild Herbs and First Cold Press Olive Oil of Provence produces some Healthy Cooking and low fat dining during a Provence Culinary Vacation
Arles is the gateway city to the Camargue
In the Camargue a flat delta of the Rhone, vast pans of salt become the course Camargue Sea Salt found on every table in Provence
Provence Inspired Recipes: Stuffed Tomatoes and Stuffed Zucchini
Speed limits will be clearly marked and the Rotary will be a welcome site with its directions to various towns. Gassing up is similar to US with credit card and automatic shut-off at modern pumps. Car rental are available in all large cities and at many TGV Train Stations.
Information for those renting a vehicle in Provence
A Culinary Vacation in the South of France is a Provence Cooking Vacation using local fresh produce and Provence herbs.
Provence Cooking requires shopping; the butcher sells only meat, the baker, bread and pastry, the grocer, vegetables, fruit, and wine.
Camargue Sea Salt is served at every table in Provence