Cotignac Views Provencal Countryside Benefits Rural Village Provence
Expat Living and Real EstateGuest PostLiving in Provence

Top 5 Benefits of Living in a Rural Village in Provence

This guest post is by Susana Iwase Hanson, the founder of Provence Living Cotignac.  Susana is multi-talented and tri-lingual. She lives with her family in the Var in the beautiful, rural village of Cotignac (read more about her interesting backstory here). But after living on many continents, big city living …

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Saffron Panna Cotta Recipe
DessertFlans, PuddingsMaison Mirabeau WinesProvencal Recipes

Easy Saffron Panna Cotta Recipe

This panna cotta recipe is made with local saffron, light and refreshing the perfect dessert to enjoy at the end of any meal. Panna cotta (cooked cream) is a dessert with Italian origins.

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Valentine's Day Provencal Dinner Menu
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Valentine’s Day Menu from Provence

Inspired by the flavours of Provence, Jeany Cronk of Mirabeau Wine curated a 3-course Valentine’s Day Menu to celebrate the romantic evening. This February 14th celebrate life and happiness with your sweetheart, your family or your best friends and enjoy Jeany’s festive menu! Imagine spending Valentine’s Day in Provence, snuggled up by the fire, …

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Restaurants Haut-Var
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Provence Living Top Picks for Restaurants in the Haut-Var

Sadly, restaurant meals do not always live up to our expectations for service, food quality, price and ambiance. We asked Susana Iwase Hanson the founder of Provence Living Cotignac for her top picks for restaurants in the Haut-Var. Why Visit Haut-Var The Haut-Var is filled with striking scenery, hilltop villages and …

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Quince Puff Pastry Tarts Roasted Pecans @MirabeauWine
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Fall Dessert Quince Puff Pastry Tarts with Roasted Pecans and Vanilla Sauce

Quince are not a pretty fruit. Far from perfectly shaped they resemble an oversized, rock-hard pear. However, once peeled and stewed with sugar, like apples for a compote, quince are versatile. You can make a quince paste, which is delicious with cheese or follow this recipe for Quince Puff Pastry Tarts …

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Visiting Var Kids Summer Kids in the Var
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Visiting the Var with kids this Summer? My top 10 things to do

Guest Post: by Susana Iwase Hanson of Provence Living Cotignac the website and online community for sharing information about Cotignac and its nearby villages. Discover how this accomplished lady and her family ended up in the beautiful town of Cotignac. It’s summertime in Provence and are her suggestions for ten (10) things …

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Coconut Saffron Shrimp Curry
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Elegant Saffron Shrimp Curry with Coconut Our New Comfort Food

This curry is full of flavour but mild when it comes to heat. Once you start cooking, you can have the savoury saffron shrimp on the table in under 30-minutes.

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Apricot Pistachio Tarte Tartin Mirabeau Wine
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A Twist on a Classic Recipe Apricot Pistachio Tarte Tartin

Recently, the team at Mirabeau Wine was joined by a Hamilton-based Canadian chef Jake Laderoute, for some fun culinary experiences in Cotignac. A tarte tatin is a classic French dessert, that one might shy away from making because it looks complicated. It’s not. Here, is what Jake and Jeany had to …

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Herbes de Provence Crusted Lamb Lollipops @MirabeauWine
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A Spring Recipe for Herbes de Provence Crusted Lamb Lollipops

This recipe for herbes de Provence crusted lamb lollipops almost defines the classic flavours of Spring – local lamb, fresh herbs and market vegetables. I call this garrigue-crusted lamb as the topping is made with fresh herbs that you typically find in the hills of Provence. Start the preparation with the oven-roasted tomatoes as that takes a while. During that time prepare the lamb and fresh spring vegetables of your choice.

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Provence Living Cotignac view from below
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottExpat Living and Real EstateLiving in Provence

Provence Living Founder Shares the Resources you need for Life in the South of France

From the bright lights of one of the world’s biggest cities to a rural village in the South of France, Susana Iwase Hanson has plenty of experience with relocations. Tri-lingual (English, French and Japanese) and armed with diplomas in linguistics, and international business and marketing, she launched Provence Living in …

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