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Provencal Menu: Summer Picnic

Summer holidays call for easy recipes and portable meals that work just as well at the beach as on a buffet table. This summer picnic menu is inspired by the endless sunny days and cicada-filled symphonies of Provence.

Enjoy summer dining al fresco with these simple to make, easy to pack and delicious recipes:


Pissaladière (melt in your mouth onion “pizza”) by Cocoa and Lavender

Roasted Eggplant Caviar (a dip for anything) by Provence Gourmet


Fig Walnut and Lardon Quiche (a salty sweet combo) by Mirabeau Wine

Niçoise Salad (with tuna, olives and anchovies) by Venise en Provence


Calfoutis au Cerises (cherries baked in a sweet custard)

pissaladiere #TastesofProvence @CocoaandLavender

Now, we will turn it over to our experts for some guidance on wine pairings for this Provencal picnic menu.

Provencal Menu Summer Picnic #TastesofProvence @PerfProvence


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Carolyne Kauser-Abbott

With her camera and laptop close at hand, Carolyne has traded in her business suits for the world of freelance writing and blogging. Her first airplane ride at six months of age was her introduction to the exciting world of travel.

While in Provence, Carolyne can be found hiking with friends, riding the hills around the Alpilles or tackling Mont Ventoux. Her attachment to the region resonates in Perfectly Provence this digital magazine that she launched in 2014. This website is an opportunity to explore the best of the Mediterranean lifestyle (food & wine, places to stay, expat stories, books on the region, travel tips, real estate tips and more), through our contributors' articles.

Carolyne writes a food and travel blog Ginger and Nutmeg. Carolyne’s freelance articles can be found in Global Living Magazine, Avenue Magazine and City Palate (Published Travel Articles).


  1. July 31, 2016 at 10:17 am — Reply

    What a perfect menu, Carolyne! Thanks for starting with the pissaladière – it is sure to please, especially with a nice glass of rosé. Heading off to check out the other recipes! «Ayez un bon picnic!»

    • August 1, 2016 at 2:07 am — Reply

      Thanks David – The summer picnic would be perfection with a glass (or two) of rosé!

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