At last we have a cloudless sky today, for the first time for over a month, and with a dry north wind and bright light we have the weather we expect during late autumn and winter in the Midi. I feel as though I’m home again after a long stay somewhere very dark.
The market looked very lively in the sunlight and with people coming out after days indoors (because no one here likes going out in the rain). I was too busy buying meat, fish and garlic and chatting to friends to remember to take photos there but some of the ingredients I bought went into my lunch:
Lo Jardinièr wanted a mackerel and I wanted prawns, so we each bought our own choice. I made a small collection of tapas – my lazy, less hot version of gambas al pil pil, made with a chopped chorizo pepper which is spicy rather than hot and lots of garlic (Chica Andaluza has a more authentic version), some of the last green peppers of assorted varieties, that we’ve harvested at the very end of the season so they’re very small, fried in olive oil, and some slices of chorizo made not in Spain but in Lacaune where our market charcutier comes from. And, of course, some crusty paillasse bread to mop up all the olive oily juices. I did share the peppers and chorizo with Lo Jardinièr and he said his fried mackerel was excellent too. It was a great way to celebrate the sunshine!
Sounds like lovely day and a perfect lunch! Thanks for the mention – I love your version and I´d have shared my chorizo too 🙂
Love the picture of the laundry in the window – envious:wish I’d done it. You talk about food in the way that I love – fantastic and so simple.
I love your photos *and* your food ideas… treats for the eyes, soul, and stomach! Thanks… and keep ’em coming!
That looks delicious and quick! And I love the dish your shrimp are in — is it local?
Most of these terracotta dishes are made in Spain but they’re widely on sale here in markets. I love them because you can cook in them, they look nice and they give an extra flavour to the food.
Yet another reason to return! I’ve seen plain terracotta ones here, but never any with that lovely blue glaze.