France’s food scene is no secret. For decades, foodies have been travelling from far and wide to sample our country’s bounty of traditionally prepared dishes. Here in the south, we’re exceptionally lucky, as our wonderful climate facilitates the very finest ingredients. Throughout the year the sun warms our fertile soils and the salt of the Mediterranean floats inland on the fresh sea breeze, ripening our fruits and vegetables to the richest hues, plumping our olives to perfection and conditioning our salt marsh grass to feed our prized Camargue lamb. Whilst our dishes aren’t necessarily known for their subtlety, they are some of France’s richest of colour and flavour.
Our Cote d’Azur speciality dishes are overwhelmingly characterised by the beautiful bundle of herbs that grow in abundance across the Mediterranean, better known as herbes de Provence. Marjoram, rosemary, thyme, and oregano add flavour to unctuous ratatouilles, once dismissed as the food of peasants but now well-loved across the world, and moules marinière bursting with freshest catch from the port of Marseille.
You’ll find herbes de Provence are abundant in Riviera cuisine and available at markets across France, alongside great bunches of lavender, French loaves and wheels of cheese. You’ll also find olives, capers, garlic, Dijon mustard, fresh eggs and juicy lemons … all the ingredients you need to make our famous tapenade and rich aioli.
Aioli, now well known internationally as a tasty sandwich spread or a dip for fries, originated here in the south of France and remains a French staple today. It is used as a sauce to complement many of our regional dishes, and also denotes a dish of boiled vegetables, poached fish and hard-boiled eggs, brought together by the signature homemade sauce. Tapenade is another of our table essentials. The spread, concocted of our famous Mediterranean olives, capers, anchovies and olive oil, is often enjoyed on grilled bread as an entrée or snack.
As a Parc du Cap resident, you can head to the market and stock up on all the delicacies you desire. Your apartment kitchen has been expertly designed to accommodate your every culinary exploit. Whether you are preparing a summery salade nicoise or baking an olive fougasse – bon appétit!
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