Craterellus cornucopioides

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Craterellus cornucopioides

Also called the Black Trumpet, these mushrooms are known in France as Trompette des Morts which literally means the Trumpet of the Dead.  It’s not a very appetizing name but it is the most delectable mushroom. This season the markets of Provence offer a wide selection of mushrooms. We have had regular rainfall this autumn which makes for a good mushroom harvest.

Say Cheese

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Say Cheese

May 16, 2010 is the day the village of Banon (Luberon) will be honoring it's delicious goat cheese aptly named Banon.  Made from non-pasteurized whole goat cheese, a Banon has the peculiarity of being delicately wrapped in chestnut leaves before being individually packaged with raffia.

Gourmet Grannies

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Gourmet Grannies

Jean-Baptiste Reboul is to Provençal cuisine what Julia Child is to French cooking. Every French person has heard of him the same way every American interested in French food knows about Julia Child.

Not just another cook book

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Not just another cook book

Michelin star chef Eric Sapet, La Petite Maison de Cucuron, will be launching his new cook book "Mes Cours de Cuisine" at the FNAC Valentine in Marseilles on May 8, 2010 at 3:30 pm. It’s not just a book signing – it’s a full on cooking demo.

Sushi or not to be

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Sushi or not to be

A proposed ban on industrial fishing for blue fin tuna has French, Italian and Spanish fisherman in an uproar. In France the industry concerns over 200 boats and 1000 fisherman most of them based in the city of Sète west of Marseilles.

Under Pressure

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Under Pressure

Olivier Baussan, the founder of the ultra successful L'Occitane line and the man behind Olivier & Co, has a new venture these days.  Having sold off his two previous companies he has come up with yet another great idea which continues to promote Provence.

13 desserts

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13 desserts

On December 24th just after the celebration of midnight mass 13 desserts which symbolise Christ and the 12 apostles are served.  In Provence there is no traditional cake or pie at this time of year.  Instead they prepare a gathering of what used to be exotic fruit and nuts that came to the seaport city of Marseilles from other Mediterranean ports.

Provence Prestige

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Provence Prestige

The 16th Annual fair opens its doors in Arles from November 26-30th, 2009 from 10 am - 8 pm daily. Discover antiques, pottery, santons, wines and find foods from local producers like goat cheese, honey, cured meats, olive oil, Camargue rice and salt. Have a look at the website to spot which of the 150 exhibitors you don’t want to miss. www.provenceprestige.com

Pumpkin Possibilities

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Pumpkin Possibilities

Each year several villages in Provence honour the pumpkin and other gourds. There’s nothing quite like a medieval village decorated with autumnal arrangements to celebrate the season.  In France they call the Pumpkin Festival  “La Fête de la Courge”. It promises to be a great family outing and a perfect picture opportunity.