Tuesday, 8 July 2014


These photos were mainly taken after lunch. I am most snap-happy after a couple of glasses of wine - I am sure that David Bailey worked in a similar way.

The meals before the photos:

Artisan ice-cream with the most delicious selection of flavours. I had salted caramel but MrM was more adventurous and tried honey with wild thyme.

A rustic galette in a creperie hidden down a cobbled side-street. We were the last customers to arrive and sat near the kitchen so we saw the great armfuls of plates hurrying past through the narrow doorway, down the steps, across the road.
Lamb that fell away from the bone as you touched it with your knife and melted into a rich thyme flavoured jus, a perfectly dressed salad and a velvety crème brulee with a frail, crisp sugar crust in an old fashioned bar on market day filled with local familes.

Tartine pissaladiere in a smart café - a smoky concoction of olives, anchovies and peppers on grilled artisan bread.
Tiny vegetables in bubbles of tempura batter and a dish of homemade mayonnaise on a terrace under a clock tower.

Watching the sun set through a frame of vine leaves, thinking about the fish soup I had just eaten. Dense broth laden with flakes of fish, small toasts with creamy anchovy paste glowing on the surface.
A return to Au Fil du Temps in Pernes les Fontaines. The couple who were there when we last visited have moved on but there is another young couple working hard, learning their trade in this charming restaurant. We ate outside next to the fountain, savouring the grilled fish and exquisite raspberry tart.


  1. I've told you I've never been to France, right?

    This is really tempting.

  2. AnonymousJuly 08, 2014

    France is surely the most blessed country in the world don't you think? It has everything. Time to visit again I think.

  3. I'm booked in to go back to France this summer. I cannot wait, that food sounds divine.

  4. AnonymousJuly 08, 2014

    Why can we never find such things when we are in France?!

  5. Categorizing your pictures by colour is clever, I think. And all of them are so charming.

    Also, my goodness, such delicious food. I just had lunch, but now I'm hungry again.

    Slán go fóill,

  6. AnonymousJuly 08, 2014

    The loveliest collection yet!

  7. you do know it is cruel to tell us about food and not show pictures........

  8. Oh my, that is some delicious food. I'm so hungry right now (trying to fit into a dress by Saturday), I could eat ALL of it. CJ xx

  9. Gosh, my mouth is watering and I've only just eaten.


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