Memories Of Provence

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

La Cadette

I honestly think the older I get, the harder that jetlag thing becomes. Maybe it is simply that each time it becomes a tad bit more significant in emotions and events. I did give myself the weekend off to do the mundane "back from vacation" routine and spend some time with B. and our friends getting re-adjusted.

I also took time to write down some sort of schedule as my work time is pretty much spoken for until this April. I look forward to come here on this page and unwind with more recipes and stories!

La Cadette

In that spirit and to tell you "Thank you" from the bottom of my heart for reading, laughing, frowning and smiling with me, I put together a little basket of French goodies I picked up on my trip to give away today. Head to the end of the post for instructions on how to enter...!

La Cadette

In the meantime, on to the Southern part of my trip back home. I do hope my aunt and uncle won't mind my posting about their gorgeous home and the wonderful meal we had when we stopped there on our way from the Alps to Aix-En-Provence. I am so proud of the work they have done, I can't help share some pictures.

La cadette

I have always thought my aunt Agnes should have been a stylist or an interior decorator and this visit proved it once again. They basically bought a ruin in Provence with 4 walls, a roof and pretty much nothing you could call a home inside. Today, they have turned it into possibly the most peaceful retreat one could think of.

La Cadette

I don't tend to carry my camera to every meal I attend but I knew that lunch at their place would be the perfect opportunity to make you part of an everyday meal for us. French food and cooking is always surprising. A perfect mix of intricate, controlled preparations, detailed methods and a more relaxed, everyday cooking which makes going out a true fete and dining in a celebration of simplicity.

La Cadette

With the myriad of regions, provinces and history in France, it's not uncommon for visitors to go a tad bit crazy over the fantastic food. I know I do everytime I come home but really French cooking is nothing but a strong appreciation for seasonal foods and the cooking methods that bring out the best of it. Simple, fresh, fragrant. And Provence is naturally perfect for that.

La Cadette

I just wrote myself a sticky note to ask my aunt for her confit de carottes recipe. Melt in your mouth slow cooked carrots that held their shape perfectly right up until you'd close your mouth upon them. Then it was an explosion of sweet and savory, garlic flower and thyme.

La Cadette

Aix-En-Provence

We ate and drank and took our time to appreciate the scenery before us. So much so that we made our way to Aix-En-Provence in the later part of the afternoon. The sun falling down over the city was casting a gorgeous golden glow on the house fronts and pebbled streets.

Aix-En-Provence


Aix-En-Provence

Going back there was a treat for all of us. My father went to school at the Institute of Political Studies there and got a bit emotional showing me his first apartment right on the Cours Mirabeau. We spent quite a bit of time in that area retracing steps to stores, restaurants, and other places we used to visit.

Aix-En-Provence


Aix-En-Provence

Things have inevitably changed since we used to live in the area but a few things remain as we remembered. The markets, the plazas, sitting at a cafe listening to an open air classical concert. Fountains, facades, shops...it was good to be back even for such a short stop but we had somewhere more important to be.

Aix-En-Provence

Going back to my old village of Calas-Cabries was amazing in ways I can't explain. In the five minutes I was out of the car, everything came back. The streets, the turns, the walkways, the shortcuts. My first bike fall, my first crush, my first dive...Trees and bushes had taken over the front lawn in my old house and that was just as well. I could almost hear us play in the pampa's grass again and not think about the pool newly installed.

Calas

Time and life change things. I did not expect anything upon returning home. Expectations ruin things most of the time. The old village had not changed however. The church where I did my communions, the central plaza where I did my ballet recitals. All these years spent there becoming the person I am today. I finally started making sense of myself to myself.

Calas

The chapel on the hill where we'd have Scouts meetings. It was good to be home and take a walk under the pine trees and to hear the kids running around at recess. Nothing like a trip home to reset the human clocks right.

Calas

It's good to be home now although I am already planning another couple of trips out West! First is BlogHer Food in San Francisco October 8th and 9th. I am honored to be back as a speaker on a photography panel with my buddy Jen from Use Real Butter as we share the same view about conferences being teaching tools not mere presentations of what is or should be. Sharing is key. We hope to see you there!

Aix-En-Provence

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dorothy said...

I tried to leave a comment and unsure if it worked.
But I said love the trip posts and the giveaway is a treat!

Thao said...

All your stories make me miss France a lot. :/

Elaine said...

Going home is always such a memory invoking trip, one can relive in one's mind over and over again!

Bic Nguyen said...

Love all the photos, makes me want to go to France even more. The basket looks fantastic, would love to win. Glad you had a good time with your family and Happy 100th Birthday to your Grandpere!!

Stacy said...

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this site!!! Your photgraphs are amazing!!! I almost feel like I was there!

Ninu said...

gorgeous. your pictures took me to provence. so so so pretty.

Yolette said...

Thank you for reminding me that the best food comes from the heart. Those of us with food allergies/intolerance appreciate (and love) your work!

Lamia said...

The gifts in this basket would are like a mini vacation!

Grace and Stephen said...

What a deliciously beautiful and generous post! I wonder what dye was used for that blue garlic. Thank you for sharing!

JD said...

Superbes photos & blog très intéressant!

Claire said...

That basket looks fantastic! Thanks so much for bringing back a few pieces of your homeland to share with us. :-)

Carole said...

The treats sound wonderful. Love your blog.

adli said...

wow! goodies!! i like :) right now, i feel like leaving everything here and go travel instead! :)

Oksana said...

Hey Helene!
Your posts are beautiful (and that's not even including the desserts). The France that you presents to us looks AMAZING! I love trying your recipes. Keep them coming!!

Jackie said...

Your pictures are gorgeous! That is such a lovely prize basket, too.

Rich said...

Your photographs and comments on your trip are a joy. Thank you for blogging.

Anonymous said...

Wow, how incredibly generous of you to do this giveaway!!! I just came across your blog today while searching Google for 'tatin' recipes and saw this post - wow!! I'll be a reader from now on, for sure :)

Alana said...

Wow, how incredibly generous of you to do this giveaway!!! I just came across your blog today while searching Google for 'tatin' recipes and saw this post - wow!! I'll be a reader from now on, for sure :)

DJ said...

Wonderful photos. Thank you for sharing your experience and thank you for sharing this giveaway.

Melissa said...

Those figs are perhaps the most beautiful color I have ever seen! I hope very much to win this basket... thanks

Melissa said...

Those figs are perhaps the most beautiful color I have ever seen! I hope very much to win this basket... thanks

cimorene5 said...

I always enjoy your photos, and these of France are amazing. I wish I could live there! Thanks for the great give away!

cimorene5 at gmail dot com

Kohleen said...

Your photos, recipes and experiences inspire me. I'm so glad I stumbled across your blog (while looking for a saffron ice cream recipe)! I've always wanted to visit Europe, and someday I hope to visit France and take in even a snapshot of the beauty that you have shared with us. Thank you!

Emily Marie Painter said...

I'm dying to one day visit Aix-En-Provence, but until then your photos are the best teasers! Thank you for your phenomenal blog!

GrapeSugar said...

We were in France one year ago exactly, and I wish we were back there. Thank you for the wonderful photos (as usual!).
sigh...
:)

Karen Kerr said...

This reminds me of my favorite vacation ever. We spent a week in Provence staying at a lavender and cherry farm in Bonnieux and following the markets based on the book "The Markets of Provence." It was fabulous. We also stopped by Aix on our way home, but alas it was a holiday and the place was deserted! Still beautiful but I'm sure I missed a lot.

Ana said...

That macaron napkin is SO cute!! I think I need it!

Your photos of Provence are a dream!

Avalee said...

Lovely :-)

Fiona said...

votre photos sont tellement joilies! merci pour avoir partage avec nous.

rodnet said...

What an absolute gorgeous series of photos -- reminds me of why I want to live in France (as if I could forget).
Thanks for this!

Karina said...

All of your pictures look amazing. France is beautiful. i hope you had a wonderful trip.

KHG said...

Your posts have been making me miss my time in France. Welcome back!

mhchipmunk said...

your photos are so lovely... i feel transported off to Provence!

sj said...

I have enjoyed your travel entries so much, and this last is the perfect culmination. So touching! Can't wait to hear all about BlogHer.

Liz said...

Your pictures are making me wish I had a second honeymoon. My husband and I went to Paris last year and I miss it. It's such a great city and country.

Robin O'Neill said...

The photos are remarkable. Thank you for the mini-vacation.

Felice said...

Your photos are just beautiful. You really captured the essence of Provence.

Megan said...

Your pictures are gorgeous, as usual, and they are making me want to go to France, more than usual!

Nan@tastingoutloud said...

What a lovely trip. I miss it so much! And, as always, your photos are lovely. I can feel the heat and hear the rising and falling droning of the cicadas!

Vivian said...

I love that European countries tend to have a more seasonal approach to eating...wish it was more like that here in the US!

Thanks for sharing your trip :)

Katrina said...

I sent my husband the links from your trip and told him I was ready to go whenever he was!

Itxaso said...

I discovered your blog not very long ago and I completely love it. I especially like your last posts from your vacation in France, I am from the Basque Country and they remind me of the lovely summers I spent in France with my family.
The giveaway is beautiful too. Thank you.

Librarian Who said...

I too, would love to have months and months to explore France. Your blog is beautiful and inspiring.

Lila said...

Oh, Aix! Tu me manques!

I lived there for six months last spring, kept a blog about it, and miss it dearly--seeing these photos is like being home.

Kathryn said...

Beautiful...my dreams are made of pebble walkways, stone houses and blue shutters, so thank you for the little getaway on my screen! Oh, and thank you for such a tasty giveaway!

steph said...

Would love to win!

Angela said...

Makes me want to visit!

Erin said...

Thanks for sharing your trip with us. Your photos are eloquent -- as they always are!

Vanessa said...

those photos are just stunning... what I would give for a trip to France right about now!!

Laurie said...

I took my first trip to France last year and fell in love! Thanks for the beautiful photos and stories.

Ash said...

Oh that looks delightful! What a wonderful trip!

karen said...

Wish I were going to the San Fran conference! Good luck with the transition home. It's never easy.

Caitlin said...

Your pictures are amazing of both the excellent food and landscapes. I wish I had been there eating and traveling with you!

meecee said...

I love figs, we just planted a tree this year.

Andrea from Toronto said...

delicious basket. thanks for being so generous.

Bridget said...

What a gorgeous set of pictures! Love.

Queen V said...

So georgous, so inspirational, thank you for sharing such beautiful and personal memories. France is such a long way away from Australia so wont be visiting any time soon! But your photo's at least transported me there and gave me some much needed inspiration and renewal of the gift of beauty and talent!
Am new to your site and blogging in general, feel free to visit my little site www.thecupcakeeconomy.blogspot.com

cmcelhannon said...

Lovely photos, and those are the most gorgeous figs I have ever seen!

Queen V said...

Thank you for sharing these amazing photos, they are both inspirational and highly beautiful. As I live in Australia wont be visiting France anytime soon so it was an absolute pleasure and inspiration to view these photos and transport myself there in my mind for a brief moment! Am new to your site and am now addicted to your Macarons! will be visiting again, and hope you may drop over and visit my new little blog site www.thecupcakeeconomy.blogspot.com

Katelynne said...

Everything is so lovely! :) Thanks for the giveaway! France is near the top of my places to go.(Number 3)

Jenifer Smith said...

Lovely pictures, thanks for sharing your trip! Love the goodie basket:)

Zach & Erin Ward said...

I just moved to Paris from Aix en Provence, and your beautiful photos made me miss it so badly! What a magical place...

Alecia said...

Just beautiful. The pictures are breath taking and the basket of goodies looks divine.

alice t. said...

What a lovely post. Soon, I hope, I will be able to take a trip to France too!

Susan Doherty said...

Ooh la la--that macaron towel is too cute not to enter at a try to win. Your pictures capture the peace, calm, and beauty of the Provencale countryside.

christa Defazio said...

So beautiful!!!

Elleadit said...

Seeing your amazing and wonderful pictures brings longing to go to France again. I've never been out of Paris, but I hope that next time I go to France, I can go out and see with my own two eyes the charming places you visited!

Lynn said...

Oh it looks so beautiful there! Thank you for sharing with us!

I'm taking a Macaron class in a few weeks and I'm hoping i can do well at making them so I can dive into your macaron recipes! They are all so delicious sounding.

Behrmo said...

Thanks for sharing such lovely pics from your trip home. I think it is high time I schedule a trip back to Provence!

noorachen said...

Your photos are beautiful! I cannot wait to visit Provence someday!

Flour On My Face said...

Beautiful pictures of a beautiful face.

Anonymous said...

Hi! That basket secretly wants to be shipped all the way to Sweden to light up the dull autumn!

/ANNA

KaraChiwie said...

Wow, those are stunning pictures. You seem to have had great time in Southern France. Luckily for you, the weather was quite nice and warm. It(s always a pleasure to read you. Keep going! But come back soon so we can have more delightful recipes (and you other half need you ahaha)

Knoll said...

Your pictures are beautiful and oh the food. . . the food!!!!!

Mary Jo said...

Your aunt and uncles home is beautiful! I wouldn't want to leave :)

Anonymous said...

Helene, welcome back! Beautiful pictures, thanks for sharing. If you do get that recipe from your aunt, it would be nice if she would let you share it with us.

Lindsey said...

My boyfriend is moving a short two-hour drive from home for a couple of years and he will miss my cooking. I would love to bring some of these fantastic ingredients when I come to visit him and remind him of our travels!

Alice said...

Oh my, your pictures are gorgeous! I love how you talk about going home again and how special that is to you. Thanks

unapparently so said...

What a lovely giveaway! :) Thank you for sharing your experiences and stories!

-Kimberly

Maggie said...

I just clicked your blog's name in a link-list of a different blog. ("Tartlette!" I thought, "yes please!"). I do this occasionally looking for gems.

I had no idea I was about to stumble upon a home with olive trees, nor a village teeming with fantastic little details. These photos are so beautiful that they made my mouth dry. And that fish! Those glass bottles! Those roof-tiles! Oh it fires the imagination.

The opportunity to be sent a basket of goodies on top of everything is honestly making me a little dizzy. I cannot stop the precocious child who lives in my skull saying, "that would be the best birthday present ever -- it's next week, you know!" But I can hush her down, remind her that there are plenty of other comment-writers in the running (over 800 at this point) who all are just as deserving.

So in the spirit of good wishes I will merely stare lovingly at these amazing images, and undoubtedly come back for more. It looks like there's more adventure photos. And oh WOW I cannot wait. I am so excited to have found you.

ginger said...

Your pictures are always amazing, I wish I could come to BlogHer and listen to you and the other panelists!

ginger
mebreadlatte@gmail.com

Nita said...

Wonderful photos! and it sounds like an amazing trip!

Mary Chevalier said...

I love the way the French embrace the imperfections - buildings are not renovated to look perfect, they maintain their character. I have really enjoyed my trip to France via your blog!

rose said...

I believe your photos from France are among your most inspired. Thank you for sharing such beauty and grace.

Emma Grubb said...

I've loved your French adventures....am inspired to go on a French road trip next summer now!

rosemary said...

Wonderful photos...elegant, beautiful, inspiring!!

Margaret said...

I loved looking through your pictures. It made me want to take a trip home to the small town where I grew up too!

Caroline said...

Merci, Helen!

I would so love to go to France! Thank you for the giveaway!

d(dot)fi(dot)gravity(at)gmail(dot)com

Dawn said...

Beautiful!

j o o said...

French food looks so simple and delicious--is it simple to cook/prepare as well? Would you share your aunt's recipe later with your audience? :)

Bonnie said...

Oh how I wish I could travel where you've been! It looks absolutely amazing. I'm wishing huge on that basket...it looks incredible!

Alex M said...

These pictures are absolutely beautiful. Your posts keep up my resolve to study the French language. Thank you so much!

Adri said...

Absolutely one of the most beautiful giveaways you've done! I love your photos of your trip, thank you for sharing, and thanks for making your giveaway international! :)

MissJillian said...

What a dream basket of goodies. I especially love those macaron decorated napkins! So cute!

Rachelle said...

I love France and can't wait to visit Provence. The figs look amazing. How did you prep them? Just plain with some mozzarella? Mouthwatering ...

Adi said...

So beautiful! Thanks for picking up this care-package!

adiluria [at] yahoo [dot] com

Sari @ Cook Your Dream said...

Welcome back home Helen! Beautiful post. I've only been twice to France, but I fell in love instantly! I'm so glad you had a lovely time with your family. Your aunt and uncle's home looks gorgeous! I can imagine living in such place!
Your photos are beautiful and bring back so many memories from my holiday in France last year. Thank you for sharing your photos with us!

material girl said...

I'm so excited!! I'm going to France (and Europe!) for the first time in my life next year and I can't wait! Seeing your journey is making me even more thrilled to be going!

abricol said...

Helen, thank you for your warm memories and wonderful pictures from Provence (have been there last October and am pleased to see familiar places).
I am learning food photography through your blog as well. Your pictures are very inspiring to me!
I would love to visit one of the conferences where you share your knowledge, but I'm a bit too far away. Well, I believe nothing is impossible :-)

P.S. the giveaway is lovely indeed!

blah blah blah said...

You take amazing pictures! Provence just made it onto my "Places to Go After I Turn 18" list! The giveaways looks scrumptious by the way!

Erica Lyn said...

Those photographs are incredible :) So beautiful!

Candice said...

The photos are beautiful. I can't wait until the day I make it to Provence!

edina said...

Beautiful post and thank you for the chance to win such a lovely giveaway!

Edina

edina_tien@yahoo.com

Rochelle G. said...

What a place to grow up! I hope to see the south of France in person someday. Until then, I'll look at your photos and dream!

Gisele Krippner said...

Helene, thanks for bringing back memories of my silver anniversary trip this past June to France, including Provence! My husband and I even had treats from La Cure Gourmande. I have French-Canadian background (Maine) and I so loved being in France and eating the food. Can't wait to go back.

Teresa said...

Simply breathtaking photos. I hope to go to Provence one day. Thank you for giving me more inspiration to do so!

RobinSchwab said...

I spent a month in Aix a couple summers ago and I love your pictures.

Wanda Lopez said...

Beautiful place it is indeed. I have been dreaming of visiting that magical place. So full of life! Great to know someone that posts recipes and moments of joy displayed in lovely pictures. Great blog you have here, love it!

sweetalmond said...

OMG!! I want that basket! what a beautiful country!!

Jessica B said...

Love the photos - it is always fun to see a special place through someone elses eyes. Thanks for sharing. The basket of goodies looks delightful!

Brynn said...

I love France. I just went to Paris and Normandy last summer.. I wish I could have gone to the south. Your pictures are beautiful and I will be waiting for that slow roasted carrots recipe!

Dana said...

What gorgeous, gorgeous pictures! Now I'm ready to visit France again.

brittany said...

Beautiful photos! I have always wanted to go to France :)

Terry Bellah said...

I have become a cook at the Ritz Carleton and food lover because of my time in France.I love and miss the country, and most of all I miss the food.I had enough time living there to truly know the french and their way of life.I love your site because it always teaches something new and heart felt and takes me back to France in a small way.Bon Appetit

Terry Bellah

Mary said...

Your pictures and writing are stunning - you inspire me to go back to Florence where all my aunts and cousins are waiting for me!

D said...

Very pretty pics and thanks for this post - it brought back memories of my honeymoon. Keep posting!!!

Brooke said...

Oh goodness, what a treat! I lived briefly in Lille (not my favorite French city, but what an experience!), and since being back in the States, I'm dying to get my hands on some real French goodies again. If only you could have brought back a fresh baguette...c'est superbe!

P.S. Thank you, thank you, thank you for the gluten-free puff pastry recipe. Mine didn't work out as well as yours did, but I'm going to give it a second shot. :)

Christina said...

Gorgeous photos of your town! I'd like to visit France next time we travel to Europe... hopefully next fall!

Naomi said...

What a wonderful post and the pictures are stunning. You've also put together an amazing giveaway!

LSS said...

Going home again is such a unique, complicated feeling isn't it? So nice of you to bring back some goodies for us!

Stephane said...

Your words and your photos are evocative, and a source of immense delight. Merci, Helene!

Jenny said...

I wish I grew up in France! From the US but will be in France in one month. Can't wait!!!

gillian said...

What an astoundingly lovely post, Helen. You always have great posts, but I am imagining your childhood home with the help of these achingly beautiful pictures!
Southern France is, and always will be, one of the most gloriously rich (and yet so simple and genuine) places in the universe, no? I believe so.

Claire said...

What a lovely bundle of treasures! My sister leaves for France next week... I'll send her this post to get her juices flowing!

MaureenB said...

H- Your food pictures are just lovely! I hope you share the mouth watering carrot recipe!

Laura said...

It looks absolutely beautiful there! And what wonderful goodies you brought back!

mrsshukra said...

Your post and photos brought back wonderful long-ago memories of France! Mahalo!

delilah0180(at)yahoo(dot)com

sillygirl said...

How wonderful to spend that time in Provence - I had a few days - better than none!

Liz said...

What a lovely post. Gorgeous pictures, and such beautiful memories of your hometown!

marla@familyfreshcooking.com said...

Helen, thanks so much for sharing your adventures in France with us. The photos are a beautiful escape to a land you should be very pleased to call home. Your enthusiasm and pride is captivating and invigorating. The photos are beautiful. The meal you shared with your family looks amazing! The full grilled fish is my kind of deal. Those figs are gorgeous.
Amazing & thoughtful giveaway. I am looking forward to seeing you & hearing you speak at BlogHer :) xo

Abby said...

Thanks so much for this giveaway! I absolutely love your pictures - like a mini-getaway!

Melissa said...

Your pictures are absolutely beautiful! And that basket looks divine!

Lilly said...

This basket looks amazing (almost as wonderful as all of your pictures and the food you make!)

Laura said...

Beautiful pictures! I love France and reading your post made my heart hurt a little because I wish I was there!

Jessica said...

I want to go to France so bad. I've never been outside of the U.S and France is one of my big "have to go"'s. I just want to go and try food!

Cinthia said...

Beautiful pics. Would love the chance to win!
cinthia

ChichaJo said...

Such gorgeous photos...thanks for sharing a bit of your holiday, and your home, with us! It's so true that home really makes us realize so much about ourselves :)

That is one fabulous basket of goodies...here's hoping I am lucky!!!

MMBB said...

Ooh what fancy sugar cubes :)

Astrid said...

Giveaway basket looks amazing! I hope to win :)

Leslie said...

Magical!!! I have always wanted to visit France!

Lexi said...

Your trip looks amazing. Those photographs are fantastic, what a great trip you must've had.

Cathy @ lolfoodie said...

Ahh, gorgeous photos, as always. You make me want to visit France someday!

Jeffrey said...

i love revisiting old childhood places. i always tend to get overly emotional, but i don't mind because it reminds me that the memories are still there to share.
also thanks for sharing your stories. i feel like i'm at the dinner table with my fork-full of confit de carottes. bon appetit

Ayu said...

Ooh.. I wish I could go to France too.. Lovely pictures as usual :)

Fiona said...

Sitting in Australia in spring rushing to finish a deadline up popped 'Tartelette'. So, seduced by the photographs of Provence I have indulged with coffee and a ganache tart from one of your previous recipes and now am assuaging my guilt by writing - not my report but a comment! Woe is me! Such lovely photography and such inspiring food. Thank you for sharing your joy in both with us.
Fiona (former prof photographer and now aspiring amateur cook)

Elizabeth said...

That's really fantastic and classic that you danced ballet. Do you still and how many years did you dance?

shiskavov said...

Omg. you are soo lucky to have been able to see all this in person. im a huge fan i follow everything you do. im 14 and really, really hope i win the giveaway i could really use it. thanks. *ruthy

Lisa said...

Wow those photos are amazing! I absolutely love the tree in the house, its just a fantastic addition!

Colleen said...

love.love.love.

especially those pretty purple yummies.

Amber said...

Beautiful! I would love to vacation there...

EmmettsMommy said...

Oh wow, the pictures are wonderful and the food looks fantastic!

maricel said...

Still a fan of your site.
Great captures..it shows your versatility. ♥

mariqia said...

Still a fan of your site. Great captures. It shows your versatility in photography. Looks like a pretty place to visit. ♥

Janet said...

Fabulous pictures. The Macaron napkins look particularly fun.

yakalom said...

What a lovely place. The pictures are transporting. Thanks for the post!

Kethrim said...

J'adore vos photos! Elles sont magnifiques!

SweetVioletLady said...

I just started reading your posts - heard about it from Kate at Une Vie Chic - how Wonderful ! Such inspiration - just lost my Dear Daddy after being his caretaker for 3 years - so, it's nice to have your beautiful words and pictures to enjoy ! Thanks for sharing the French Gift Basket, and I must say it'd be nice to win something so lovely ! Keep on inspiring ! Thanks !

AlisynJ said...

Such a kind heart to think of others in the midst of a family vacation. Your work is lovely... welcome home.

Eliane said...

What an awesome trip ! Thanks for sharing it with us, the pics, your memories, time spent with your family.

queencake and titangirl said...

this looks soooo beautiful and so delicious, am in awe. haven`t been to france for so long,the photos almost make me homesick- and hungry, too:))) best from very rainy berlin,anja xx

Ana-Maria said...

Reading your post and seeing those beautiful photos reminded me of my family, my childhood and the time we all used to spend together in my old city. Now I've made a new life on my own but I still go back to where I'm from. Such beautiful emotions and positive feelings !

Claudia said...

Amazing blue on the figs! Seeing these photos made me remember my vacations in Provence when I was young, and realize that I need to go back soon.
Thank you for sharing your memories!

YelenaB said...

What a wonderful post illustrated with beautiful photographs. I'd like to explore Provence and South of France one day. Great to know that you'll be in SF! And of course, I couldn't pass the opportunity to not enter the giveaway!

Jessica said...

LOVE your blog. And I want the recipe for those divine tomatoes at the beginning of the post!

yelena said...

Yes please! Your photos are beautiful. They bring back so many memories for me of my childhood spent near Antibes.

Jen said...

Yes please! Oh I do hope to be lucky.

Moira said...

I'm Scottish but have been living in France for 11 years. Je t'aime your blog and your beautiful inspiring work.

Elise said...

I've never been able to travel to France, but Provence is number 1 on my travel list. The pictures are quite lovely and the foods look delicious! Love your blog!

Sadie said...

Absolutely gorgeous! I'm so inspired by your photos!

Marilyn said...

Helen:

I've been watching your blog for some time now. Last year, we were fortunate enough to be able to go to France (Bordeaux, Lyons and Dijon). Your pictures of the table with the food bring back fond memories of our stay at a lovely bed and breakfast in Bordeaux. We hope to have the opportunity to return and see Provence.

Your recipes are great. Do you have any insights on how to do your gluten free puff paste without any butter/dairy? I know..picky picky picky. I have a friend who is highly allergic to just about everything.

Thank you so much for sharing your pictures.

Best regards,

Marilyn

Lillian said...

:) great fan of your recipes and photos.

Jennifer said...

What a beautiful post! The area you are from looks so lovely and peaceful. Thanks for sharing!

Elizabeth Lee said...

I hope you soon recover from your jet lag! Thank you for such a generous giveaway!

Tania Tamaddoni said...

Thank you for sharing! Would love love love to receive the package, it will bring some light to the dark, windy and rainy Netherlands.
Merci!

The InTolerant Chef said...

It's a like a drink of cool water to the soul to spend time with the ones and the place that you love. You are very lucky to have such a close family.

green said...

Wonderful post and photos!! Yes, the place where we lived as a child is magical and full of emotions. I keep hoping that some day will get to see Provence too, I know I'll love the place. Love your blog - waiting for the confit de carottes recipe. Laura

Si Mi 523 said...

Your photos are so beautiful. Always inspiring.

LimeCake said...

such wonderful photos! and the giveaway has such awesome stuff in it!

Candice Courtney said...

Gasp!! Absolutely gorgeous! I LOVE your blog! So inspiring!

Much love from South Africa

- Candice

Future Grown-Up said...

I have always wanted to go to France...your gorgeous photos have just reinspired me to make this happen.

Mechelle said...

Great photos! What an amazing adventure, I've only been able to dream about such places...

Kitt said...

How lovely. And tempting. Have fun with Jen!

The Bontekoes said...

Thanks so much for sharing this with us. I so enjoyed traveling with you as I followed your posts.

m+a said...

Frankly speaking, I have never seen such a great private guide :) and the number of comments is just overwhelming!

pastry said...

Wonderful pictures! Thanks.

Dee Dee said...

Oh, yes please! Enjoy your photos and your recipes so much. Thanks!

Jeannette said...

It's always a pleasure to read your beautiful blog!

Vicki said...

Beautiful beautiful beautiful.

Mollehs said...

Your photos are incredible! So beautiful!

<3 your blog,

Molly

Amália said...

I am reading your blog since months now, but have never left a comment. Your pictures are amazing, food is fantastic! I have already cooked some of them. Would love to win your giveaway :) Have a wonderful day! Ami (from Hungary)

Helene said...

Jessica: no recipe needed for the tomato. They were just sliced and drizzleed with oil, salt, pepper and chopped basil.

Purple Closet Beauty said...

So many posts! I love les marchers en Provence. Everything smells so amazing.

eugenia said...

Thanks so much for sharing your photos. I traveled to the nice area earlier this summer and I miss la cure gourmand treats so much... I wish I had brought back so much more!!

Eugenia rose
Le petit lapin patisserie

Optimistic Heathen said...

Thanks for sharing your trip and pictures...looks like France is on the list for a trip now!

Sarah said...

I have recently discovered your blog and I'm becoming something of a regular - gorgeous photos and I can't wait to start trying your recipes after my wedding (this Saturday).

Michelle said...

Those croissant shaped sugar cubes are really adorable!

Jyll said...

What a wonderful escape on this dreary morning.

Kristin said...

Absolutely beautiful! Thanks for sharing and inspiring!

Kitten said...

Everything looks so beautiful! The food, the scenery... I don't what to focus on first!

noëlle {simmer down!} said...

They have Scouts in France? (Except they pronounce it "les scoot", no?) ;)

Reading your blog these past few weeks has made me incredibly nostalgic for the year I spent in Toulouse. No trip on the horizon anytime soon, but at least I can look at your lovely pictures and reminisce!

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