Chef’s Dinner Menu Provencal Winter Recipes to Impress Your Guests
For several years, Chef Burnell called the Var department home. While in the area, she made it her mission to scout out the most delicious and nutritious ingredients grown in the Var gardens of Provence. Perfect for winter entertaining, Chef Burnell’s dinner menu highlights ingredients from the region (almonds, oysters, citrus, fennel, olive oil, and lamb).
Discover Chef Burnell’s website and a wonderful feast of the senses through food, wine and painting workshops. She’s been certified in Knowledge & Promotion of the Wines of Provence, was a delegate from the Var at Slow Food Terra Madre and has been a private chef for a great many wonderful clients, whether for business events or family meals in famous Châteaux and royal palaces, for dignitaries, celebrities and dedicated foodies alike. She also continues cooking up some oil painting commissions for private clients in France and the USA.
Enjoy her delicious menu.
2024 Menu Provencal Winter Recipes
Winter is a wonderful time in Provence. The region has emptied of crowds, and the pace is more social, allowing one to prepare special meals to share with loved ones. Below, I propose some of my favourite local, seasonal ingredients assembled my way.
An aromatic, sweet, salty, nutty crunch that is good for you! I make loads to keep in a jar or give away.
This recipe for Swaddled Oysters is festive, colourful and inspired by ancient Roman cuisine. I created this cooked oyster recipe for producer par excellence Florent Tarbouriech from the Etang de Thau.
The Main Event
Colder weather in Provence is an excuse for making hearty dishes and serving wines complimenting earthy flavours. Braised Sisteron Lamb with Orange and Fennel has wonderful, warming flavours.
A Sweet Finish
A combination of tangy citrus and irresistible chocolate, these Kumquat Bitter Orange Tartlets will surely be a successful finish to your evening.
Explore our Tastes of Provence section for seasonal recipes and create your menu. Bon appétit!
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More Winter Menus
In some places, winter is a long season. While the calendar indicates a three-month timeframe, it can feel like winter a lot longer than 90 days. In Provence, the winter months are generally pretty dry, but definitely, the mornings are crisp enough to see your breath. Down jackets, gloves and toques are common attire in the early and latter part of the day. However, you might find a sheltered spot when the sun shines and bask in the warm rays. Here are some other menu ideas for the longish winter period.