I am what feels like a long way from An Grianan this week, with my friend Paula who is starting new and exciting food and wine trips in Provence. I am here to help her get it set up whilst also enjoying the added benefit of staying on a beautiful vineyard! We are based not far from the town of Orange in a gite on the organic vineyard of Le Clos de Caveau in Vacqueyras. The view from the grounds of the house is stunning- as far as the eye can see there are vineyards and gently undulating hills as far as Les Alpilles. Last night, we enjoyed an aperitif sitting under an olive tree, watching the sun go down over this incredible vista- ahh, heaven!
Yesterday was a busy day, starting with an early morning trip to the fantastic market of Vaison-la-Romaine. We hit the road early and enjoyed our breakfast in a typical French café, people watching whilst sipping on rich coffee and nibbling on freshly baked croissants and bread. Once fuelled, we hit the stalls with gusto, heading straight for the main food area. The market winds around the narrow streets of Vaison-la-Romaine with lots of interesting (and some not so interesting!) goods for sale. We bought some sumac, a spice that I will use to rub onto lamb or chicken kebabs and maybe add to hummus from a fantastic stall pictured above. We then bought some truffle (we haven’t decided what to make with it yet!) and some beautifully salty black olives cured with Herbes de Provence- Yummy with those aperitifs under the tree!
Having bought some beautiful tomatoes and fresh fruit, we hit the fabulous linen and quilt stalls where I indulged my love of table runners and quilted throws :0) Enjoy the pictures of the market, I will be back with more tomorrow.
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