Make Perfect Salade Niçoise
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Make the Perfect Salade Niçoise

A debate is raging over what constitutes a “correct” salade Niçoise. To the purists, the rules are clear: no vinegar, no lettuce, no fresh tuna, and no boiled vegetables, like potatoes or green beans. If you add any of these, you will be labelled as a heretic and sent to …

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Grilled Anchovies Two Ways
Fish & SeafoodFrançois de MélogueMain CourseProvencal RecipesTaste: Food & Drink

Grilled Anchovies Two Ways from the South of France

Eating anchovies is one of life’s guiltless pleasures. I say guiltless because they are affordable, good for you, and very sustainable.  But best of all they simply taste great and are quick to prepare. All that is required is a hot grill, a drizzle of olive oil, and a bright …

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Seared Tuna Sorrel Provencal style
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Seared Tuna with Sorrel Provencal Style

In the Pacific Northwest, where fresh seafood is abundant, I am generally frustrated with the fish selection in our grocery stores. However, on one shopping trip, I stumbled across a package of flash-frozen ahi tuna steaks. Remembering a Provencal preparation called ‘Thon à l’Oseille,’ or seared tuna with sorrel, I …

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Provencal Chickpea Soup
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Provencal Chickpea Soup Satisfying for Everyone

Also known as Fourmade, is at its very core a hearty soup made by impoverished people to provide an inexpensive and healthy filling meal. This soup surprisingly rich and luxurious tasting. Once you make the basic recipe try embellishing with leeks, chickpeas, grated Parmesan, cooked rice or even croutons fried in olive oil.

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Fall Dinner Party Menu from Provence
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Try this Fall Dinner Party Menu with Provencal Flavours

Autumn in Provence Fall is a beautiful season in the South of France, but regardless of where you live, the season’s arrival signals shorter days. The lingering summer light becomes more radiant, casting an ethereal golden hue across our dinner table. You can enjoy the residual effects of Provencal summer …

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Apple-Creme-Brûlée-Tart French Desserts
DessertFrançois de MéloguePies & TartsProvencal RecipesTaste: Food & Drink

Apple Creme Brûlée Tart a French Dessert for the Soul

Recently, I posted a picture of an Apple Creme Brûlée tart, or what essentially could be called the love child of a creme brulee and an apple tart.

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How to Stuff Zucchini Blossoms
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How to Stuff Zucchini Blossoms My Way

I am sharing one of my favourite recipes: stuffed with goat cheese, oven-dried tomatoes, and tapenade. The possibilities are limitless. Pour yourself a glass of rose and let’s get cooking.

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Lamd Mechoui North African Recipe
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Lamb Mechoui a North African Recipe

Provencal cuisine is a tapestry of culinary influences from all over the Mediterranean, including North Africa. One dish that is perfect for al fresco festive occasions is lamb mechoui (or méchoui) slow-roasted on a spit. For those unfamiliar with mechoui, it is a festive lamb dish from North Africa. It’s usually made from …

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Homemade French Lemon Tart Desserts
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Homemade French Lemon Tart to Beat the Blues

This spring when were house-bound due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it would have been easy to feel down. But, that’s not the way we roll in our home, we start baking and cooking to lift the spirits. When life gives you lemons you might make lemonade. I will always make a …

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French Cooking for Beginners
Books on ProvenceFrançois de MélogueInspire: Art & Culture

How to Write a French Cookbook

A Writer’s Dream I will never forget the morning I received an email from an established cookbook publisher and immediately deleted it, convinced it was a scam. They wrote asking me to write a beginner French cookbook for sale and promotion nationwide. I quickly scanned the email, deleted it, and …

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