Back to Provence
Late April is a bit too early but this year I had some pretty nice weather and could enjoy my mum's amazing wisteria , Lilac , iris and lily of the valley .
First trial run with the walker ...we are off to the marche ! My mum is still very skinny but I plan to put some fat on her body this time and do some cooking as always !
These were the cutest pet pigs !
The white wisteria on the "place de la mairie" main square .
I am making Pascal's grand mother's baby goat stew recipe ...a family tradition in the spring . I know my brother in law will appreciate as he too grew up with this .
I gave the recipe in a blog post in Provence a couple of years ago ...you can make this recipe with veal as it has a mild flavor as well . Now it has to simmer for an hour or more before I can finish the sauce with an egg yolk and cream just before to serve ....
My County in the Cote du Rhone area use to be just vine fields and wineries everywhere but the big wine crisis changed the landscape . When the price of French wines dropped drastically a lot of small wine makers saw their income slashed again and again .... a lot of them had to find a way to make ends meet . This one decided to change career . He and his wife removed all the vines and planted grass to feed some cheeps , trained for a year and are now making cheep's milk cheeses and "yogurts" my ultimate favorites. They are called "caille" and they do not use the same starter as a culture . It makes the yogurt very mild with zero acidity and extremely light like a fluffy milk . I could not find it anywhere but in Biarritz near Spain but now I can buy these at the market or at the farm for 0.60E each . Top with some crunchy sugar and a bit of whipping cream !
Le "Chateau de Rochegude" a Relais and Chateaux hotel and restaurant just a few miles from my home town is a great place to stay in Provence , hidden in a quaint little village , quiet and close to everything at the same time . Perfect to explore the northern part of Provence , the Drome Provencale that I love so much . Less tourists and beautiful landscapes !
They are hosting a vintage car gathering today , the occasion for me to see some friends who have come from all over the south .
Today we are celebrating my mum's cousin 100th Birthday ! She is still living in her home with the help of her daughters . I get to see my entire family this time and enjoy some fabulous Choux a la creme !
Mum making my favorites : Vietnamese fried rolls ....nobody makes them better than her ! Eat with lettuce , mint , fish sauce and rice.
Bringing back some very special souvenirs ; 3 vases in raku that my mum made
Now back in San Diego , I get to practice my Ikebana and make some flowers arrangements in those special vases !