Our son was staying with us this week and, while it was warm enough to have lunch in the garden a couple of times, the sea wasn’t warm enough for swimming.
Barbecued lamb and peppers for lunch, but the sea was chilly at Portiragnes-plage.
We’re still picking plenty of aubergines and peppers – the red ones are Kolaska, a delicious spicy variety, the green ones are Marconi and Corno di Toro which I don’t think will ripen now as it’s too late in the year. They’re very tasty when they’re green, though. The Praying Mantis seemed to be looking for somewhere to lay its eggs.
On Saturday morning, before going back to London, our son wanted to buy jambon to take with him… we saw a few other stalls as well:
denim and sunflowers…
winter hats and scarves….
|olive oil and salt cod…|
|fritters and sea food salads||eggs and charcuterie….|
On our own again after our son went home, we consoled ourselves with a very good lunch:
Aubergine slices with goats’ cheese, garlic and oregano, with honey and balsamic vinegar dressing for our first course, followed by pieces of shoulder of lamb slow-cooked with figs, shallots and white wine, served with rice.
We picked a basketful of quinces to make membrillo (quince paste), as we usually do at this time of year – the recipe is on the Mediterranean cuisine blog. The quinces this year are of much better quality, bigger with fewer bugs in them, so easier to cook.
And a beautiful sunset this evening