The food in Provence, France, is naturally tasty and flavorsome. It resembles more closely to the Italian cooking than the Parisian one. It’s simple, fruity, refreshing, and has to be savored with a glass of rosé. A full list of the many typical delicious speciality dishes in Provence would be too long; however, here are a few of my favorites. Bon appétit!
1. La Tapenade
All our summer apéros in Provence starts with tapenade and fresh bread. It’s an olive dip made of black or green olives, capers, anchovies, garlic and olive oil. This is the first thing you should try while strolling in the market. De-li-cious.
2. Le Tian Provençal
A Tian is made with the same ingredients than the famous ratatouille, but it a simplified and better-looking version. It’s an artful arrangement of vegetable slices, which is baked like a gratin. It’s tomatoes, onions, eggplants, zucchini, peppers, garlic and typical Herbes de Provence (aromatic herbs). An excellent addition to many Provençal meals. And easy to do, on top of that.
One of my favorites! It’s basically nothing more than a garlic dip. The garlic is crushed with a mortar and pestle, while slowly adding the olive oil which makes this typical sauce. Except that the aïoli Provençal is the center piece of a dish with eggs, fish and a mound of veggies, from potatoes, carrots, cauliflower to cucumber. All of which are eaten dunked in aïoli.
4. La Bouillabaisse
The Bouillabaisse is the signature dish of Marseille. We usually eat on the Vieux Port (the harbor), with the sea wind and the sunlight of the Mediterranean coast. For local people, its appeal lies as much in the flavors as in the ceremonial of serving and eating it. First the broth, then the fish flesh, and copious quantities of croutons with their specialty, la rouille (a spicy saffron garnish), throughout. It’s cooked in a rockfish stock with onions, tomatoes, garlic, saffron and herbs.
5. Le Nougat
For the sweet tooth, here’s something you should bring as a souvenir for your colleague back home, after your trip in Provence! Nougat is a confectionery made with sugar and honey, roasted almonds, egg whites and sometimes pistachios. You can also try the nougatine, which is also called nougat noir, and doesn’t contain eggs. We usually eat that with coffee.
About The Author: Marie Pottiez
Originally from Provence (France), Marie lived in Belgium, New Zealand, then Indonesia, to settle down in Hong Kong in 2014. Curious of everything, she has an unquenchable thirst for discovery and sharing. She spends as much time as possible traveling throughout Asia, discovering new pieces of paradise all year long.
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