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Foraging for herbs for the kitchen

It can be difficult to find fresh herbs for sale in the supermarket and even the markets. In the south of France, flavourings in the regional cuisine is defined by the herbs that grow wild and free in the fields and wild lands: thyme, rosemary, savoury, bay, even lavender. So Read more →

The dining room of le Ciel d'Or restaurant, Mirepoix, France

Mirepoix in Mirepoix

I’ve frequently enjoyed soups and sauces made from mirepoix stock, but this was the first time I’d had the actual mixture of chopped celery, carrots and onion that is called mirepoix explicitly showcased on my plate. Gaston and I were enjoying the Friday fixed lunch at le Ciel d’Or, the Read more →

A Joël Robuchon encounter

As Gaston and Mimi are unlikely to be in a city that is home to a Joël Robuchon restaurant with enough cash in their bank account to splurge on a meal planned, if not actually cooked, by the many-starred Robuchon, they recently resorted to the pauper’s experience of the Gault Read more →

“Who comes to France to make soup?”

“Who comes to France to make soup?” asks Gaston. “What more French thing to do than to boil up a carcass with some mirepoix to make potage?” Mimi responds. Making soup is part of our Monday ritual at Montplaisir. First, visit the Monday morning Mirepoix market and purchase produce for the Read more →

Blanquette de Limoux

Sauce for the sauced

In the midst of pre-supper aperitifs, she turns and pours half of a glass of blanquette of Limoux into a tumbler on the table. “We must keep some for the gravy,” she whispers conspiratorially, in response to his raised eyebrows. He giggles. **** An hour later, when he is preparing Read more →