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Saturday, July 09, 2011

Ahh, la France!

Ahhh. So nice and relaxing to be in France. The food here is so amazingly fresh! Everything just tastes better here!!

Cavaillon melon. Smaller and sweeter than cantaloupe. Sooooooooo refreshing and tasty!

Fresh figs. Possibly one of my favorite fruits! Mmm, c'est magnifique!

Cerises! Mom tried to save some cherries for me; however, they're really best in May. Therefore, these are looking rather lackluster compared to their normal mien. She also froze some and they are wonderful to have on hot days :)

No food processor or blender here, but I decided to make some pesto anyway. Used a mortar and pestle to grind pine nuts, garlic, basil, spinach, olive oil, and pepper. I like adding spinach to stretch the recipe while still maintaining the color. I'll be putting adding this to gnocci later on, maybe for dinner tonight.

Venasque now has a market on Friday evenings! In such a small town I am surprised they have enough business, but turns out our little village gets a lot of action nowadays!

Bought some goodies at the market and had some people over for a feast! I know this is my raw food blog and not all of this food is raw, but it's fresh and local and organic and delicious! We had Cavaillon melon, arugula salad with beets and sun-dried tomatoes, Mom's homemade ratatouille, and Swiss chard ravioli! I was pleasantly surprised when we found that this pasta was "sans fromage" (cheeseless) so we snatched some up! The French word for chard is "blette" so we had fun saying it hah. We dressed it with olive oil and sage, delicious!!

Went to Pernes-les-Fontaine for their Saturday market. This is a great market, lots of good vendors and fresh produce. This one vendor has more stuff than all the vendors at Morningside/Decatur!

Apricots muscat. These are like little fruit gems!! SOOOOOOOOOO delicious!!!

Seriously? Look at this spread! Apricots muscat, figs, plus, heirloom tomatoes, bell pepper, zucchini, nectarines, strawberries, and Cavaillon melon. Life is gooooooood :)

Thursday, July 07, 2011

Raw food in London!

I found a natural foods store in London!! It was right near where I lived for 3 weeks in 2007, near the Russell Square stop on the tube. I don't think it was there then, although I wasn't really health-conscious then so it's quite possible that I just never noticed it. Prices on their own seemed reasonable; however, with the dollar being so much lower in value than the pound I didn't buy anything there. Good selection and assortment though, especially for a relatively small store. They had a cold/hot salad bar too with lots of yummy lookin things.

I ate a lot of salad before my flight on Tuesday but haven't been too raw since... However, I am looking forward to being in France tomorrow and soaking in all the fresh, wonderful, delicious produce!! More to come soon :)