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Wild about Saffron in Provence

The number of local farmers producing saffron in Provence is increasing – it used to be widely grown in the south of France, but phylloxera wiped it out early in the last century – so it is good to see that it is being produced once more. Harvesting is an incredibly fiddly job for the safranieres, and it has to be done on the morning the crocuses flower.

Continue reading here for Lynne’s post on saffron and two producers near Aix-en-Provence in Trets and Gardanne.

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Cooking with Saffron – Recipes from Provence

Mussels Saffron and Leek Soup by Cook’n with Class

Saffron Chicken with Potato and Courgette Bake by Mirabeau Wine

Fennel and Langoustine Ragoût with Saffron by David at Cocoa & Lavender

Cauliflower Saffron Soup  by David at Cocoa & Lavender

Seared Scallops, Tarragon Beurre Blanc, Saffron Carrots
Seared scallops in a citrus sauce on top of cooked carrot ribbons. It is a delicious combination and pairs perfectly with Clos Beylesse (2020), A Côtes de Provence rosé.
Check out this recipe
Seared Scallops Citrus Sauce
Chicken Roasted with Saffron, Rosemary, and Lemon
Really, nothing could be easier to make than a roast chicken. There is very little preparation required, and plenty of time to make your sides while the chicken is roasting. Plus, the bonus is your kitchen will smell delicious.
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Comfort Food Roast Chicken with lemon rosemary saffron Sunday Suppers
Saffron Chicken with Potato and Courgette Bake
Like many popular sheet-pan recipes this one is simple and tasty. Your guests will love it.
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Saffron Chicken Potato Courgette Bake Mirabeau Wine

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Aixcentric was set up by Lynne Alderson three years ago as a channel to send out info on events taking place around Aix as well as news, relevant books, the latest films, new shops and of course where to eat locally. Why?

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"It came about out of frustration with the lack of communication in the town. Posters would suddenly go up about an event that week. No prewarning. I had difficulty too in finding information from many of the tourist offices. Things are slowly getting better and there is sometimes information in English. Hopefully by keeping an eagle eye on the local press and talking with contacts in town, I can publicize fun things that people would otherwise miss. It's a ragbag of info that I come across on my travels. I've published nearly 600 posts now and have lots of followers so hopefully, it is fulfilling its role of helping people, residents and visitors alike, get the most of their time in Aix."

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