Provence Cooking In A Rental House, Culinary Vacation in Provence
From you rental house a short hike in the hills around the village will give you the wild rosemary and  thyme to replenish your stash of herbs de Provence, the magic potion that so often elevates the simple cuisine of Provence.

You can enjoy a hike while at the same time gather spices that will enhance your cooking vacation in Provence.  The spices are plentiful in the markets but to forage in the hills will give a special touch to your evening meal of roast, honey-glazed lamb.
From your village you can spend the day gathering fresh vegetables, herbs, wine, and bread for your home-cooked Provence-style meals.
You can bring a jug to the olive oil mill and stock up on first cold press and do the same at the vineyard for some bulk cooking wine. Cote du Rhone is a favorite in Provence south of Avignon.

A drive or bike ride to the many  hiking trails marked on the maps and visible everywhere between the olive groves and vineyards will reveal the wild spices.
Rosemary lines the trails and thyme sprouts from dry outcrops.

Sheep graze in the hills and the local legend has it that the animals in the Provence hills have a diet rich in rosemary, sage, and thyme, herbs that grow wild in the hills and plants that form the basis of Herbs de Provence, the legendary spice combination that is,  the heart of Provencals cooking.
The cuisine of Provence: simplicity and at the same time complexity. How can food taste so good while at the same time be good for you.
Olive oil, according to the locals is the only vegetable oil that comes from the fruit and not from the nut or seed.  In Provence It replaces the use of butter; ubiquitous in the north of France but used sparingly in Provence where grazing animals are few except for sheep.
The oil in Provence is both vegetable and fruit in a miraculously cholesterol-friendly blend of high HDL and low LDL. It compliments simple fare elevated by the ancient rustics to fine art.
If you are renting in Provence look for a full kitchen with a gas stove and an oven.   Finding a rental house in Provence might be the easy part,  finding one with a full kitchen and nearby markets within walking distance and is still off the beaten tourist track might take some research.

Culinary pilgrimages to Provence have created many options for rentals. The book, "A Year In Provence" by Peter Mayle. prompted many British week enders and vacationers looking for warmer climes. to buy distressed places years back.
No frills, low priced flights out of London by Ryan Air has kept the flow steady and now a new book, "Heat" by Bill Bufford, extolling the virtues of Italian cooking and learning to cook in the villages, has kept the demand up while prompting the landlords in Provence to upgrade and offer fully outfitted kitchens along with their rentals for the vacationing hobby cook.
Culinary Vacation in Provence
Provence Cooking
For a Provence roast lamb dinner the sweetener  can come from a local blackberry nectar that the bees have harvested, the lamb from the tiny butcher shop in the village, and the herbs can come from the nearby hills
The butcher might have special Provence lamb raised locally and a less expensive imported cuts.
Stuffed Zucchini topped with tomato
Chicken basted with olive oil and smeared with herbs du Provence
Eygalieres Provence
Provence Cooking In A Rental House on a Culinary Vacation in Provence could Save Money on vacation rental lodging.  From a rental house or Villa rental a short hike in the hills around the village will give you the wild rosemary and  thyme to replenish your stash of herbs de Provence, the magic potion that so often elevates the simple cuisine of Provence.
Provence Cooking In A Rental House on a Culinary Vacation in Provence could Save Money.  
A rental house gives you freedom for cooking Provence recipes, hiking in the hills, and biking through the villages.
Provence Cooking In A Rental House on a Culinary Vacation in Provence could Save Money on lodging and give you freedom for cooking Provence recipes, hiking in the hills, and biking through the villages.
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