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Just after we got our Aix apartment, I remember going to the local market one very warm May day, flinging off my cardi and remembering NOT to say ‘Je suis chaude’.  The lady at our veg stall told me in no uncertain terms not to take any good weather for granted until the feasts of the saints de glace had passed.  These turned out to be Saints Mamert (11th May), Pancrace (12th) and Servais (13th).  Apparently there is some meteorological backing for this phenomenon of a cold-snap mid-May …so hopefully we are now set for sunny days.

And I need to thank the same veg lady for her advice on cooking the new garlic which also arrives on the stalls at this time of year.  I had never seen it before.

She told me to put the whole bulb into the microwave for a minute (more if it is very large) and then extract all the milky white cloves which by now are steaming hot.  You mash them with a fork and mix them into creme fraiche and chopped parsley – eh voila!  A wonderful sauce for meat or grilled vegetables.

Now a firm family favourite.

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Just after we got our Aix apartment, I remember going to the local market one very warm May day, flinging off my cardi and remembering NOT to say ‘Je suis chaude’.  The lady at our veg stall told me in no uncertain terms not to take any good weather for granted until the feasts of the saints de glace had passed.  These turned out to be Saints Mamert (11th), Pancrace (12th) and Servais (13th).  Apparently there is some meteorological backing for this phenomenon of a cold-snap mid-May but this year I think we may be spared.  But I need to thank the same veg lady for her advice on cooking the new garlic which also arrives on the stalls at this time of year.  I had never seen it before.

She told me to put the whole bulb into the microwave for a minute (more if it is very large) and then extract all the milky white cloves which by now are steaming hot.  You mash them with a fork and mix them into creme fraiche and chopped parsley – eh voila!  A wonderful sauce for meat or grilled vegetables. 

A favourite of M. Aixcentric. He dined on this last evening and has just left for the airport. I think he may have a row of spare seats next to him on the flight today!

 

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