French Apéro is a the perfect opportunity to sample Mediterranean cuisineGood Mediterranean food from Provence based on vegetables and olive oil never fails to impress but what guests really love is the ritual of l’apéritif in Provence; light snacks in an outdoor atmosphere, social moments before dinner. The aperitif or apéro is a relaxing time for sitting, enjoying and chitchatting especially after a day at the beach or visiting the sights –a magic moment in Provence.
What do they like to taste?My favorite finger foods are served as dips or with toast; all healthy, hearty and following the Mediterranean food plan:
Caviar de Tomates SéchéesYes, there are many recipes to this exotic sounding spread but my own version is quite simple - a mix of sundried tomatoes, grilled red peppers, garlic, olive oil with a hint of lemon always goes down well.
TapenadeThe olive and caper spread, a Provencal speciality is one of the easiest aperitifs to put together and serve.
Fluffy AccrasCodfish accras are a Caribbean speciality, one that I discovered while living in the French island Martinique. Crisp on the outside, cooked to perfection on the inside, this satisfying spicy snack is one of the most popular aperitifs in my house.
And to drink?Everyone likes chilled rosé; crisp, dry and refreshing, nothing beats rosé wine from Provence to set the scene.
Discovering the vineyards in ProvenceThey like the taste but so few know about the Côte de Provence, the largest appellation of the Provence wine region. But most visitors to Provence are curious; they want to learn about terroir, winemaking and how to read the label on a bottle of wine. There’s no better way to discover the business of rosé wine than talking to the winemakers themselves and tasting the wine from Provence, France’s oldest wine region. And we are lucky, we have a plethora of vineyards to choose from.
Like good hosts, we flutter around our guests, prepare lists, become anxious because we want them to have a good time. We don’t offer them perfection in Provence, we don’t promise fluffy towels and white sheets but what we like more than anything is to share our knowledge of traditional , it’s the simple things that make the difference. And it works.