We started this morning at the town open air market which much to my surprise… Consists of the entire village. I was thinking it was just going to be a strip in village center but literally there are stands down every charming stone street. The vendors come all the way from Lyon, France. There are 500 vendors. Everything from produce, meats, fish, paella, spices, clothes, linens, furniture, plants, jewelry , art and even books and CDs. It was incredible!
Here is Patricia ordering our monkfish and turbot. Monkfish for lunch, turbot fillet for dinner.
We watched as the monkfish was filleted. This is a very tough fish to break down. There are several layers of “skin” that have to be removed. It is worth it… We coated it in Parmesan and polenta and pan fried them for lunch. Delicious with a squeeze of lemon!
Everything was so incredibly fresh. I picked up some of the sugar sweet baby strawberries and a small melon. I cannot wait to have them for breakfast. My fingers were stained red on my way back from the market. I had to sneak some strawberries- I just couldn’t resist 🙂 They taste like candy. Unfortunately, there is no comparison with strawberries from the states.
I learned this : In France, when a fish has an orange tag on it… You can immediately go on-line and see a picture of the fisherman with your fish and where it was caught … And how many hours ago! The freshness and quality- superb!
Back to the farmhouse we went!
On the menu ~ lunch
Monkfish coated in parmesan and polenta with lemon
Stuffed zucchini flowers with goat cheese and herbs
Selection of cheeses with green salad
Lemon verbana sorbet and almond cookie bar
I arrived and got to work on the zucchini flowers… So gorgeous!
How elegant that we wrapped them in a chive bow.
We also had a tomato platter and this was the white wine that was served. Divine.
Patricia really has my style around cooking and food. Everything is relaxed. Jazz music is put on, there is no urgency (unlike restaurants), wine is tasted, and olives are set out to nibble on. Standing around a big beautiful kitchen talking, telling stories with the music humming in the background makes cooking fun! It is an event everyday at Patricia’s. Centered around food, connection and beauty everywhere. I swear the food tastes better because of it 🙂
Back down to the courtyard we went to dine. Lunch is usually from 1-3 everyday.
Heading back to the farmhouse in a bit for a wine and cheese pairing and educational … Then dinner. Tonight we are having turbot with potatoes and asparagus. Yum. Tomorrow we are touring the wineries and having lunch out at a spectacular restaurant in Gigondas.