Wednesday, 21 September 2011
Food For The Soul
Readers, get your paniers! Mornings like this call for some serious retail therapy. When its wet and grey, when an unexpected school run forces a very unpleasant contretemps with a rude and surly man in a van, when you've already drunk your daily quota of tea and feel like your never going to feel warm and dry again, a touch of shopping is just what's required.
No, we're not talking ordinary trundle round the supermarket, trolley, purse and reward card at the ready -
we're talking a gentle stroll through the Provencal streets that are so hot that you're grateful of all the dappled shade you can find. Reader, on a day like this, can you imagine that?
Against the sunbleached ochre walls of shuttered buildings underneath an azure sky, let's take some time choosing our meals today...
no need to hurry, time is on our side and there's always tomorrow as there's a market every day here in Aix.
A kilo of this and a kilo of that, a bunch of basil, multi coloured tomatoes,
baby aubergines, zingy zesty fresh mint.
How about some olives?
Even the peppercorns are colourful today...
Some crockery to brighten the kitchen table.
Sunflowers against Provencal tablecloths, carrier bags echoing their golden hue.
The summer sunshine increases as the morning progresses so we shall wander slowly, breath in the scents and sounds and savour the delights.
A gentle nod to Autumn as we discover the stalls of mushrooms, fresh and dried.
Nothing pressing to do, just wander and taste ... some goats cheese and figs for lunch perhaps?
Ratatouille and salad for supper maybe?
Definitely an ice cream on the way home...
But don't worry, we can do it all again tomorrow (and believe me reader we did! A morning didn't pass without a trip to the market) - now wouldn't that be nice ....