In Spring of ’09, Mr. RGBistro and I snuck out of the country and had a little rendezvous in the South of France. Maybe it was the thrill of being in a new relationship, or the fact that we were in. the. South. of. France… but regardless, that trip was magical from beginning to end.
In a little town called Jonquerettes (near Avignon), we stayed at a beautiful Bed and Breakfast with gracious hosts Elisabeth and Philippe. Each morning over a breakfast of croissants, yogurt and cereal, Elisabeth sat down with us and gave us suggestions on where to go or what to do with the day.
On one such evening, we were directed to a nearby town called Iles-Sur-La-Sorgue for dinner. After finding the restaurant tucked away off the main road, we were seated in the garden near a bed of roses, fountains and cherubs. Dinner was a prix fixe offering prepared by the chef, and if I recall correctly, we also ordered a bottle of Sancerre.
For three whole hours (and perhaps more), we were whisked away into the world of classic Provençal cuisine. Succinctly put, dinner was outstanding. It was wholesome and hearty without being overdone. And we ate every morsel.
One could only imagine how thrilled we were when we happened across Dorie Greenspan’s new book: Around My French Table. The simple, rustic recipes tucked between full-pages of soft-lit photography took us back to that enchanting trip, and we’ve thoroughly enjoyed recreating those meals when we need to relive our rendezvous.
On page 228 of Around My French Table, Dorie talks about the beauty of a home-cooked duck breast… then goes on to say that it can be done in 20 minutes flat. So this season, we’ve done just that – taking 20 minutes to sear a good duck breast, and subbing for ingredients we have in the RGB garden. At the moment, we’re picking up mandarins, Meyer lemons, and garden thyme that haven’t yet frosted.
For just a moment, we were back in Provence… which can only mean one thing: butterflies.
What meal is taking you back this season?
Nutrition content per serving: 224calories, 0g carbs, 28g protein, 12g fat, 0g fiber
Cost per serving: $9.00- $12.00
Source: Rustic Garden Bistro. Inspired by p. 229 of Around My French Table, by Dorie Greenspan (2010).