These creamy mashed potatoes are perfect with all kinds of roast or sauteed meats – and although it seems a lot of garlic, the flavour is sweet and subtle when cooked in this way.
These potatoes taste far richer than you would expect even with only a little cream — they are delicious with just about everything, but in France, they are nearly always served with roast lamb.
The best lentils grown in France come from Le Puy, in the Auvergne. They are very small and the colour of dark slate — look for them in delicatessens and large .
Fresh peas vary enormously in the time they take to cook – the tastiest and sweetest will he young and just picked. Frozen peas normally need less cooking time than fresh.
This colourful combination of Provençal flavours makes a pleasant change from plain green beans. Served cool or at room temperature, it is good as a starter or hors d’oeuvre.
The combination of red wine vinegar and sugar gives this dish a sweet, yet tart flavour. In France it is often served with game, but it is also delicious with pork, duck or cold sliced meats.