Last Sunday was la Journée du Patrimoine, heritage day, when historic buildings are open to the public. The church tower in the village was open and Lo Jardinièr climbed to the top and took photos of the roofs, a wonderful jumble of terracotta tiles and satellite dishes.
In the garden we harvested half of our saffron crop – there were two crocus flowers open, which we picked because last year we found that they only lasted a day, and two buds which have since opened and which we’ve picked.
We’re still picking tomatoes, aubergines and a lot of peppers. I stuffed some of the green peppers, mostly Corno di Toro and Marconi, with rice, raisins, pine nuts, garlic and oregano, then baked them in the oven for about half an hour. I’ve put some in the freezer, the others we ate straight away with a spicy tomato sauce made with piment d’Espelette.
And salad leaves again ….
After a summer of tomato and cucumber salads, delicious though they are, it’s a treat to start picking lettuce leaves again for green salads. It’s too hot and dry here for lettuces in the summer – they all go to seed by the end of June, by St John’s day, 24 June, everyone says, and it’s true. We plant seedlings again in September, some we’ve bought and some which other gardeners have given us, and they should keep growing through most of the winter.
An autumn market
After his summer break when he takes his stall to the more lucrative tourist market at Cap d’Agde, the vegetable stallholder was back in the market this morning (in the shade to keep the produce cool, so difficult to photograph, making it all seem much more lively. We only bought garlic, because we’ve already used the garlic we grew this summer. It will soon be time to plant some more and we usually plant garlic from this stall.