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Au Moulin Gourmand, sera notre découverte culinaire de la semaine !

Accueil fort chaleureux et très jolie carte.

Pour les entrées, ce sera un tartare de dorade pour Nat et un gaspacho d’asperge accompagné de jambon d’oie, pour moi.

Comme plat, Nat prendra une deuxième entrée (comme à son habitude), pâté de cailles tiède dans une feuille de chou.

Malgré mes réserves habituelles sur le lapin, je me laisserai tenter par un râble farci.

Tout est joliment présenté et absolument délicieux ! Adresse à retenir sans faute et à recommander à nos hôtes, avant, ou mieux, après une visite de Lourmarin. Ce sera sur la route…. ou presque !

Wat is er zaliger dan bij een 30 graden kuieren op een lokaal marktje. Er is voor mij de dag van vandaag in het zuiden meer dan alleen maar Marchés de Provence en Marchés Paysans. Tegenwoordig flaneer ik heel graag op de Marchés des Producteurs de Pays omdat je daar dus de puur lokale bio producten hebt aan eerlijke prijzen.

Hier bij ons in Cadenet is er op zaterdag zo een marktje op het kerkplein. In een groot vierkant met middenin een paar planken op schragen met dank aan 'la commune'. Op de plank vind je de producten van tapenades tot 'vin agricole'. Je kunt gewoon proeven en ondertussen genieten van een bandje die de jazzpannen van het dak spelen.

Heb je zin om wat te kopen? Dat kan, alle producten zijn te krijgen aan de bonte stalletjes van de respectievelijke boerinnekes tot de donker gekleurde grijze goed gezette paysans die staan voor hun waren.

 

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La cocina de Provenza forma parte de la afamada cocina mediterránea. Es una cocina simple, de «ᅠterroirᅠ», que utiliza alimentos frescos y locales como frutos, vegetales, pescados, carnes o hierbas y que, gracias al climatemplado y ubicación inigualable de su región, se puede degustar a lo largo de todo el ano. En Provenza, al igual que en otros lugares de Francia, se come muy bien, se valora la gastronomía y el oficio de cocinar.

 

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We weren’t able to eat at Au Moulin Gourmand in Cadenet, France on the Monday evening as most restaurants are closed on that day, so of course the ones that were open need to be booked in advance and we hadn’t done so. However, we booked for the following evening and asked if they could recommend somewhere, they sent us just around the corner to La Source which was very nice and I shall review that at a later date. So many good restaurants to review in our week away!

 

Au Moulin Gourmand is a family run restaurant. The daughter is front of house, mother is in the kitchen along with chef Philippe Anzallo, the father and the young lady who served us was a student. It’s situated within an old 17th century olive mill and still has a large grinding stone taking pride of place in the room. We were warmly welcomed and as we were the first to arrive we were able to chose which table to sit at. It was by the side of a large fireplace with some old brickwork visible, so I could see the whole room plus the serving hatch and into the kitchen where the chef was chopping away.

 

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Undoubtedly our most high-end meal of the trip, but still very affordable compared to Amsterdam restaurants, we’d been tipped off about Au Moulin Gourmand in Cadenet by a restaurateur in a nearby village. The menu dégustation was a very reasonable €30 for three courses (and there was even a cheaper version at €23 for three courses) so it seemed rude not to indulge. Our first course was a tartare of dorade and langoustine, whose richness had been freshened up with pomegranate seeds and lemon zest. The main course was a veritable celebration of the season: lamb cooked two ways. One was a simple chop; the other was so-called “seven-hour lamb” – slowly cooked shoulder of lamb that had reduced down to a rich, unctuous confit. It was offset by late-winter vegetables like celeriac, turnip and beetroot. The weather was surprisingly cool and damp for most of the week, so it was a perfect dish for a chilly evening.

 

For dessert, I tried a trio of regional goat’s cheeses, while my brother had a pear poached in Sichuan peppers, stuffed with ice cream, and served with a speculaas crumble. Even with a bottle of wine, we didn’t break €80 for two, and it was one of the better meals I’ve had in a while.

 

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