My new trip has started, a food and culinary holiday in Provence for small groups.
The trip started yesterday with a welcome drink and a gourmet dinner.
Today we went to an educational farm. We started by picking up veggies, fruits and herb in the organic garden. The do have many varieties of tomatoes, some that you don’t find at the supermarket anymore: red tomatoes, pineapple tomatoes, orange tomatoes, green tomatoes, 10 finger of Naples tomatoes, yellow tomatoes, etc…I don’t even remember all of them.
Cathy, the farmer, gave us many samples to taste or to smell but Kyle (with the black hat below) just ate everything: strawberries, figues, tomatoes, chocolate mint, stevia, lemon verbena, grapes, etc…
Below is our group: from L to R, Lani, Jutta, Kathy, Kyle, Cathy (the farmer) and Christine.
After our harvest, under a pleasant sun, we went to the kitchen to start our ratatouille, a typical provencal dish. For hygiene reasons, we needed to wear hats. We looked like women in “the little house in the prairie”:
Time to get started: washing, peeling, cutting, dicing,…
Jutta was the clever one!!!! In terms of cutting more, she took over the lead and replaced the chef, stirring. She said that she saved the meal because the ratatouille started to burn but by stirring away she avoided a catastrophe!!!!
Kathy has been “voted out of the island” or should I say “out of the kitchen” on day 1 because of her lack of talent slicing the tomatoes. Kyle, Lani and Kathy were slicing the different colored tomatoes to make a pretty salad. Lani stated quite vigorously that Kathy had no skills and asked her to remove her sliced tomatoes from the dish. It just didn’t look good!
Kicked out of the kitchen, Kathy decided to use her skills in decorating the table, under Christine’s supervision. Apparently her skills were better used there.
In the afternoon, we went to Chateau Neuf du Pape village, well known for its famous wine of the same name. Kyle loves wine so she bought a lot of it. But we don’t know if she bought it because she liked the wine so much or she liked the sommelier….with his blue eyes and little black fur on his chest!!!
After the wine, chocolate of course: Lani and Kyle were not the last one for the tasting….
Not sure if Kyle bought as much chocolate as wine (I guess the woman doing the chocolate tasting was not as cute as the guy at the winery…) but for sure Christine did:
More adventure tomorrow. Stay tuned!