Sunday Lunch in Provence a Summer Buffet
Provence is a wonderful place to visit all year, but the summer it’s – OohProvence! The cicadas start chanting as the temperatures rise in late June. When the lavender and sunflowers bloom in July and August, shaded restaurant tables are in high demand.
Summer entertaining should be stress-free and casual. Imagine a gathering of friends in a shaded courtyard shaded while everyone enjoys a leisurely Sunday lunch. With that in mind, Christopher Curtis and Laurent Nurisso, the founders of OohProvence (independent travel with a WOW!), curated this summer menu.
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This no-fuss menu includes a series of small dishes that can be made in advance and served buffet-style. All the recipes use fresh, local Provencal produce found in local markets. The variety of dishes allows for choice, and most importantly, the host(s) can relax as the food is prepared the day before and/or the morning of the party. Make sure to leave room for dessert and serve plenty of chilled rosé.
A savoury tart combining fresh, tasty tomatoes and local goat cheese. This A Table en Provence recipe includes making your own dough, but you can buy a prepared version if you are short on time.
This appetizer requires no cooking, which is perfect for a hot summer day. The preparation time is limited, and the combination of red radish with green olive makes for a lovely tangy “tartare.” Enjoy the mixture on top of fresh bread.
This simple salad recipe combines slightly tart tomatoes with sweet, fresh figs (from your own tree if you are lucky enough). The figs counter-balance the acidity in the late-season tomatoes, and the cheese, although optional, adds some extra, creamy roundness to the flavours.
Have you ever tried grilled octopus? It’s a Mediterranean delicacy, and NOW is the time to be adventurous in the kitchen. This Summer salad recipe with grilled octopus is fresh, delicious, and colourful. The salade composée is a visual treat, as well as a yummy starter for your guests.
Marseille-style fish balls (boulettes) is adapted from the book “Flavors from the French Mediterranean” by Michelin 3-star chef Gérald Passedat. This dish can be prepared in advance and assembled when you serve.
This chicken recipe combines the Mediterranean’s flavours – basil, tomatoes, olive oil and pine nuts- into a versatile main dish. You can serve Poulet Basilic aux Tomates Confites (chicken with caramelized tomatoes) hot or at room temperature. This recipe is simple to prepare, uses fresh ingredients and is great for a picnic – a perfect summer dish.
Take a culinary deviation from the original apple version with this Apricot and Pistachio Tarte Tartin. It is a quick and easy dessert to round off a perfectly Provençal meal. The tangy sweetness of the apricots is a lovely antidote to the richly astringent thyme flavour.
Verbena has a lovely lemony flavour, the flowering plant is pretty enough, but it is the leaves you can use for hot water infusions or flavouring dishes. It’s not hard to make ice cream and even easier with an ice cream maker. This version made with fresh verbena is a lovely tangy summer treat.
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