When he was here last week our son gave us a copy of Ottolenghi the Cookbook, full of the kind of food we love. Today for lunch Lo Jardinièr made his interpretation of one of the recipes in it – a salad of griddled asparagus and courgette, with rocket from the garden, some of our pickled orange peppers, and goats’ cheese from Mas Rolland. It made a perfect colourful lunch for a spring day.
Out in the vineyards the vines are now growing proper leaves and the beginnings of flower buds – this year’s wine is well under way.
There’s one garriguette strawberry turning red in the garden – I hope we can eat it before the birds get to it!
And the cistus bushes are beginning to flower. The flowers look like crumpled tissue paper and last only a day – I think I got to this one a bit late, but there’ll be many more.