Miel et Lavande

Provençal Entertaining with a twist...

by Katherine Zeller Gage

  Honey and Lavender, or Miel (m’yell) et Lavande, are two of my favorite ingredients found in the south of France.  No matter where I am in the world, the smell of fresh lavender and the taste of raw, creamy honey bring me directly back to Provence, the first region of France I came to know at the ripe age of fifteen. 

    Living outside Aix-en-Provence, I quickly fell in love with everything Provençal from the medieval fortified cities, to the flavorful foods, and the colorful country style textiles I packed away as souvenirs for my family.  A decade later, I returned to southeastern France for yet another summer, this time to the coastal region known as the Côte d’Azur, or French Riviera, and in spirit, I never left.  

As a chef, the cuisine of southern France embodies everything I love most about cooking. Fresh, healthy, flavorful, simple, family-style cooking is the theme of my culinary repertoire and I feel passionately about sharing my recipes with others so they can recreate them at home.  For the record, I currently reside in NYC so I understand what it’s like cooking in a tiny kitchen and have adjusted my dishes accordingly.  

Less is more when it comes to equipment and clean-up so remember to work clean, tidy as you go, and cook with confidence!  In the photo and travel sections I am working hard to recap the many wonderful cities I have visited lately and in years past.  I hope that the recipes and photos I have chosen to share will give you and your loved ones as much pleasure and fulfillment as they give me.  

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From my heart to your kitchen, bon appetit!