baguette

Legends, Laws, and Lengthy Loaves

History of the Baguette What could be more traditionally French than the baguette, that long slender loaf of bread that has become an instantly recognised symbol of France? At any hour of the day, on the streets of any village, town, or city, you are likely to see the French strolling along with one of…

Bread Delivery: Les Porteuses de pain

If you like bread, then when you’re in France you probably stop by the boulangerie, or bakery, every day to buy a baguette, croissant, or one of the other tempting treats that you will find inside. But if you were a bourgeois, or wealthy, family in the nineteenth or early twentieth century you wouldn’t need…

hand w one truffle

Truffle Hunting in Provence

  Our wedding anniversary was approaching and when Jeff asked what I wanted, I didn’t hesitate, “I want to go truffle hunting!” Looking a bit puzzled, but always the good sport, he said, “Ok…that could be interesting…but what exactly is a truffle and how do you hunt one?” “Well,” I explained (because I had read…

buche de noel, yule log cake

Thirteen Desserts? That’s my kind of Meal!

Christmas time in Provence and the south of France is full of traditions and, as with most good traditions, food is usually involved. Miniature wheat fields Preparations for the Christmas holiday meals begin on the 4th of December, St. Barbara’s day, with the planting of wheat (in the kitchen, that is). Wheat germ is placed…