Provencal Olive Oil Harvest
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottLocal Food Producers in ProvenceTaste: Food & Drink

Gaining an Understanding of Provencal Olive Oil

Provence Olives and Olive Oil The Provencal climate is ideal for olive trees, grapevines and other drought-resistant crops. Olive trees thought to have originated in Northern Africa grow readily in countries bordering the Mediterranean. The olive branch has long been a symbol of peace and abundance. Cuisine and religion unite …

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Provencal Goat Cheese Olives
Local Food Producers in ProvenceMartine Bertin-PetersonTaste: Food & Drink

Provencal Staples Goat Cheese and Olives

Goat Cheese and Olives The Provencal diet is a Mediterranean one that relies heavily on local produce, seafood, cheese, olives and olive oil. In Provence, locals eat “de saison” focusing on what is in season and fresh at the market. A visitor to the area should certainly try some- if …

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Citrus Salad Orange Fennel Olive Mirabeau_Wine
Mirabeau WinesProvencal RecipesSaladTaste: Food & Drink

Citrus Salad with Orange, Fennel, Olive and Capers

In a climate where fennel grows wild and, olive oil production is big business this tangy salad is a tribute to the landscape. This citrus salad incorporates many ingredients native to the South of France and the Mediterranean Basin. Gemma Wade prepared this salad as a side dish for the Easter lunch menu

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Virgin Olive Harvester olive crop
Explore: Travel in ProvenceGuest Post

Day in the Olive Groves: Virgin Olive-Harvester No More!

Guest Post: Gayle Padgett Smith This article was written by Gayle Padgett Smith the author of Passion for Provence: 22 Keys to La Belle Vie. She shares that she is no longer a virgin to the olivade (olive harvest) St. Remy de Provence.” Here, is our book review on “Passion for Provence” …

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Provence Gourmet Getaway Olives
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottExplore: Travel in Provence

Provence Fall Weekend Gourmet Getaway in the Olives

Take a November Break Sadly, the month of November does not have the relaxed feel of those long mid-July days, or the stress of back-to-school (la rentrée) in September, or the anticipation of the December holidays. So, why not insert a bit of excitement into this dull month and gather …

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Seared Salmon Ragout
David Scott AllenFish & SeafoodMain CourseProvencal RecipesTaste: Food & Drink

Quick and Easy Seared Salmon with Tomato-Shallot Ragoût 

Make this recipe for seared salmon one time, and it will become a “go-to” quick dinnertime meal for two (or more). The tomato, shallot, caper and olive ragoût is a savoury combination that is similar to a puttanesca pasta sauce.

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My Provençal Salade Recipe Chef Anne Challier
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottProvencal RecipesSaladTaste: Food & Drink

My Provençal Salad the Tastes of Eating Local in Provence

This salad plate is a cross between carpaccio and salad. Prepare the tapenade and pesto in advance. Shop for the fresh melon, lettuce leaves and tomatoes at the market in the morning and then plate the ingredients in time for lunch.

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Brine Olives Alpilles
Ashley TinkerLocal Food Producers in ProvenceTaste: Food & Drink

How to Brine your own Olives, Alpilles Style

Contributor blog post by Ashley Tinker: The Olive Culture of Les Alpilles One of the ladies on our street gave Robin this as a gift when he came to the rescue and changed her gas bottle. She even put the olive branch on. It was so delicious I could have drunk …

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Recipe Mediterranean chicken tomatoes olives lemon
Main CourseMirabeau WinesPoultryProvencal RecipesTaste: Food & Drink

Easy Entertaining a Recipe for Mediterranean Chicken with Tomatoes, Olives and Lemon

This gorgeous Mediterranean Chicken recipe was featured in Waitrose Weekend wines the other day, expertly paired by Philip Scholfield with a bottle of Pure.

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Jean Martin Company Boutique Exterior Maussane BOUTIQUE AGENCE CAMELEON
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottFrench Cooking ClassesLocal Food Producers in ProvenceTaste: Food & Drink

Jean Martin Company in the Heart the Olives of Les Baux de Provence

A Long Olive Story It has been almost 100-years since Jean Martin founded his company in the village of Maussane. In 1920, this town on the southern flank of the Alpilles range had a population of just over 1200 people. When M. Martin senior launched his business of preserving and …

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