Greetings. 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.
I began the morning by taking a walk into the Old Town, or Vieux Nice to watch the market stallholders and cafes set up.
The ochre building at the end of the Cours Saleya is where Matisse lived and worked for 12 years.
I then met up with Rosa and my new classmates at a cafe on the Cours Salaya.
Rosa took us through the market where she concentrated on showing us where to get the best produce from the local farmers.
A stall selling myriad of different types of salt.
There was even a Murray River Salt from Australia!
We picked up some artichokes and other ingredients.
Tasted some fresh physalis.
We then wandered through the narrow streets of the Old Town.
We stopped to look at the wine.Bought some cheese.
Back 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!
The fresh air breezed in through the open window.
And outside was a tiny square with a church and a cafe.
Our artichokes were cooked in white wine and a host of other ingredients and then served with roquette in a salad.
Our main course was a marvellous chicken boulliabaisse with new potatoes and a home made rouille.
This was followed by a cheese course.
The dessert was a lemon souffle – lighter than air and so simple to make – you just need the right teacher!
At 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!