Fresh Market White Asparagus Gratin @Cocoa&Lavender
David Scott AllenProvencal RecipesSide DishTaste: Food & Drink

White Asparagus Gratin a Seasonal Recipe to Celebrate Spring

During spring months in Provence, it is common to find fresh white and green asparagus in local markets, and the perfect excuse to make a white asparagus gratin. In Germany, this particular season has a name: Spargelzeit. This phrase really just means “asparagus time”, but it sounds so poetic in German. …

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Le Colombier Traditional Provencal cake Agathe Forest Ready to Eat
Cakes & CookiesDessertGuest PostProvencal RecipesTaste: Food & Drink

Le Colombier the Traditional Provencal Cake of Pentecost

Ce Gâteau de Pentecôte, très sucré est donc fait pour être partagé entre le plus de personnes possibles. Il est délicieux servi avec des fruits de saison bien juteux: fraises ou groseilles.
(This traditional cake is very sweet and meant to be shared among as many people as possible. It is delicious served with juicy seasonal fruits such as strawberries or red currants.)

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Pot au Feu Casserole Cook'n with Class
BeefCook'n with ClassMain CourseProvencal RecipesTaste: Food & Drink

Pot au Feu is a Classic Provencal Recipe

Pot au Feu is a French recipe that you should have in your repertoire. A bit like a pot roast you need a large casserole a selection of meat, a few root vegetables and an afternoon.

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White Chocolate Mousse Strawberry Sauce Dessert
David Scott AllenDessertProvencal RecipesTaste: Food & Drink

A Special Dessert White Chocolate Mousse with Strawberry Sauce

Bunny opened my eyes to books, art, travel and slightly exotic (for me, at the time) flavours. Sadly, I had to say goodbye to this beautiful friend in December as a tribute I created this sweet dessert an elegant White Chocolate Mousse in her honour.

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Goat Cheese Chèvre Mushroom Tartlets 
AppetizerDavid Scott AllenProvencal RecipesTaste: Food & Drink

These Chèvre and Mushroom Tartlets are a Crowd Pleaser

The base for these Chèvre and Mushroom Tartlets is versatile. Recently, I decided to experiment with the filling as the crust could not be easier to make. Using the same ingredients for the dough, I created a savoury filling using fresh goat cheese, Parmigiano-Reggiano and mushrooms. Serve these tasty bites with a chilled rosé or white wine, and this might just become your go-to appetizer recipe!

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Seared Sea Scallops Cauliflower Purée
Ashley TinkerFish & SeafoodMain CourseProvencal RecipesTaste: Food & Drink

Seared Sea Scallops and Cauliflower Purée a Recipe

Completing a DIY home renovation in Provence is not necessarily for every couple. Ashley and Robin made their house transformation look easy. Now, with some time on their hands, they can enjoy their kitchen and entertain friends. This recipe for seared sea scallops on a cauliflower purée could be served …

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Provencal Fish Soup Recipe
Ashley TinkerFish & SeafoodMain CourseProvencal RecipesTaste: Food & Drink

Make Provencal Fish Soup From Scratch It’s Worth it

Deciding to make dinner for a large group takes courage. Deciding to create a menu based around a tradition Provencal fish soup, and making the whole thing from scratch is just a little bit crazy, but the results are delicious. Chefs in France take their trade seriously, so it is not surprising that a Marseille -based group decided that this iconic dish required some specific ingredients and serving methodology, hence the Bouillabaisse Charter. A real Marseille bouillabaisse

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Smoky Cinnamon Salmon Mushroom Lentils
David Scott AllenFish & SeafoodMain CourseProvencal RecipesTaste: Food & Drink

Mid-Week Meal in Minutes Smoky Cinnamon Salmon with Mushroom Lentils

This recipe for Smoky Cinnamon Salmon with Mushroom Lentils is a mid-week “go-to” favourite for many reasons, but the first is it can be made in under 30-minutes. The second reason is one of my favourite spices is Spanish smoked paprika, known in Spain as pimentón. Although you can use regular paprika or Espelette pepper (Piment d’Espelette) from the Pays Basque in France,

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Clafoutis aux Cerises Recipe Ginger Nutmeg
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottDessertFlans, Puddings & OtherProvencal RecipesTaste: Food & Drink

Life is a Bowl of Cherries a Recipe for Clafoutis from Provence

A clafoutis with eggs and seasonal cherries is a very easy recipe to make. You leave the cherry pits in the fruit, otherwise they will change the colour of the desert.

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salt and pepper calamari
AppetizerDavid Scott AllenProvencal RecipesTaste: Food & Drink

Salt and Pepper Calamari a Spicy Appetizer

Sometimes a sampling of little bites makes for a  more interesting evening than a single main course. The Spanish have this perfected with their culinary tradition of tapas and pintxos. We decided quite a while a go to celebrate the New Year (on Paris time) and to do so by tasting our way around the world, in small bites. This year was no different. The seafood themed plates started with skewered shrimp and ended with Salt and Pepper Calamari.

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