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IMG_0291Greetings. We arrived in Nice on the Cote d’Azur yesterday – it’s our third time here in as many years. We are staying at the same apartment as last time, so you can see pictures of it here. Today I took a cooking class with Rosa at Les Petits Farcis, which she has set up in the kitchen of her own apartment in the Old Town.

IMG_0168I began the morning by taking a walk into the Old Town, or Vieux Nice to watch the market stallholders and cafes set up.

IMG_0197The ochre building at the end of the Cours Saleya is where Matisse lived and worked for 12 years.

IMG_0203I then met up with Rosa and my new classmates at a cafe on the Cours Salaya.

IMG_0230Rosa took us through the market where she concentrated on showing us where to get the best produce from the local farmers.

IMG_0223Tomatoes.

IMG_0219Olives.

IMG_0211A stall selling myriad of different types of salt.

IMG_0214There was even a Murray River Salt from Australia!

IMG_0251We picked up some artichokes and other ingredients.

IMG_0271Tasted some fresh physalis.

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We then wandered through the narrow streets of the Old Town.

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We stopped to look at the wine.IMG_0283Bought some cheese.

IMG_0293Back at Rosa’s apartment, which is located in a wonderful old building that was once a monastery, we began the enjoyable task of preparing a delicious meal. She gave us plenty of cooking tips and hints. I had never prepared an artichoke before – just watch out for the pointy bits!

IMG_0300The fresh air breezed in through the open window.

IMG_0289And outside was a tiny square with a church and a cafe.

IMG_0302Our artichokes were cooked in white wine and a host of other ingredients and then served with roquette in a salad.

IMG_0304Our main course was a marvellous chicken boulliabaisse with new potatoes and a home made rouille.

IMG_0305This was followed by a cheese course.

IMG_0310The dessert was a lemon souffle – lighter than air and so simple to make – you just need the right teacher!

IMG_0313At about three in the afternoon we left with our hunger satisfied and a curiosity about Nicoise cuisine ignited. I made my way back through the Old Town, which by then was bustling with cafe patrons and sightseers.

It was a day well spent!

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