Summer Menu 2022 Lead Photo
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French Summer Menu Try A Taste of le Sud with Friends

Our 2022 summer menu comes from Emma Kershaw, who lives in the South of France near the Spanish border. Start the evening with a savoury octopus pie from Sète, followed by a chilled soup, then the Catalan variation of fish stew and a sweet fruit finish. In June 2016, several …

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Tomato Gazpacho Soup Recipe
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Perfect for Summer Chilled Tomato Gazpacho Soup Recipe

Since 2010, the Kershaw family, Emma, her husband Chris and their son Louis have lived in the Languedoc-Roussillon. The family settled in the Corbières wine region, one of the largest AOCs in this part of France. Passionate about gastronomy and terroir they chose the foothills of the Pyrenees to establish …

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Make Tielle Sétoise Octopus and Tomato Pies
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How to Make Tielle Sétoise Fisherman’s Octopus and Tomato Pies

This recipe for Tielle Sétoise (fisherman’s hand pie) is from the kitchen at La Maison du Rire, a Food and Wine School in Corbières, France. Author, wine instructor and gourmet cook, Emma Kershaw has lived in the region with her family since 2010. You can make these pies as bite-sized …

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Apples Cherries Classic Clafoutis Pink Lady Apple and Cherry Clafoutis
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Apples and Cherries a Twist on Classic Clafoutis

Clafoutis is a summer classic in France. It’s such an easy dessert to make, and only requires whatever fruit you have on hand and basic ingredients most people have in their fridge and cupboards. Apple and cherry is such a delicious combination, sweet but with just the right amount of …

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Zarzula Catalan Fish Stew
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Zarzuela Fish Stew is the Catalan Version of Bouillabaisse

Similar to Marseille’s bouillabaisse, Zarzuela from Catalan is hard to pin into a category it’s either a hearty soup or a stew with a tasty broth. And with both soup/stews, there are endless different recipes. The following recipe for Zarzuela Fish Stew comes from Emma Kershaw’s Taste of le Sud …

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Sourdough Toasts with Melted Cheese, Figs and Grapes
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Sourdough Toasts with Melted Cheese, Figs and Grapes

Sourdough Toasts with Melted Cheese, Figs and Grapes are an easy-to-make appetizer, starter or a main course with a crunchy green side salad.  Our La Réserve, Maison Mirabeau’s first cuvée from Domaine Mirabeau, is a lovely food-friendly rosé. Due to its rich and creamy character, it will pair very nicely …

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Warm Goat Cheese Salad with Pears
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Warm Goat Cheese Salad with Baby Greens

When the weather is warm (hot), I love to serve a big plate of fresh greens lightly dressed with extra virgin olive oil and vinegar or lemon juice, topped with slices of grilled chicken cutlets and fresh farmers market tomatoes. I marinate the chicken in the same salad dressing ingredients …

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Traditional Negroni Cocktail
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Traditional Negroni Cocktail Made for the French Riviera

Maison Mirabeau has taken some liberty with the traditional Negroni it’s a classic cocktail, with a rosé twist! With equal parts of our Dry Gin, Lillet Rosé and Campari, it is the perfect aperitif cocktail. Cheers! The secret of a great Negroni is in the ice. More Cocktail Ideas from …

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Easy Summer Dessert Strawberry Soup Soupe de Fraises
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Easy Summer Dessert Strawberry Soup – Soupe de fraises

As part of the summer 2022 menu, Emma Kershaw of La Maison du Rire, a food and wine school in Corbières, shared her easy dessert recipe for a strawberry soup (soupe de fraises). This summer dessert comes from her cookbook Taste of Le Sud. The strawberry season starts in March …

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Rouget Ratatouille Provencal Cooking
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Rouget and Ratatouille the Provencal Cooking Rhythm

A couple of years ago, we spent a transformative week in the historic hill town of Cagnes sur Mer, widely considered the ‘Montmartre’ of the South and long favoured by impressionistic painters for its alluring beauty. Within five (5) days we went from our hurried, busy lives to a more …

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