Yesterday morning my parents were leaving for a market in a neighbouring town just as I was waking up.
I’m still adjusting to the hours here, and my usual early bird tendencies have yet to kick in.
I groggily told them “Take pictures for me, pick up what looks good, and I’ll make dinner!”
Here is a little slideshow of their market adventure, followed with photos of what I came up with for dinner!
Our sleepy little village
My inspiration: Thyme, leeks and celery root
They also picked up a chicken from a local farmer. While I’m not usually a big meat eater, I love to eat the local, organic meat in the countryside here. Here is my Dad doing the dirty work, since they leave the chickens heads on in France! (Sorry vegetarians and vegans!)
Roast Chicken and Leeks: I basted the chicken in olive oil, white wine and thyme over a bed of leeks and roasted it for around an hour.
I pan fried roasted potatoes from the night before, made a garden salad with lettuce we grow on the terrace, and made celery root puree with the fresh thyme. Celery Root Puree: I cut the celery root into chunks, covered them with water, boiled them until soft, then blended them with a generous amount of butter, salt and thyme.
Et voila, a simple country meal in the South of France!
What are your favourite things to buy at the market?