Un Dîner Provençal – Crusted Halibut Fillet with Vegetable Ragoût

PB wasn’t feeling too hot last night, and to be honest I think we both are still a bit homesick for our home away from home, a.k.a. France. So I set out to create in our kitchen some of the dishes that we ate there on our recent trip.

When we were in Eze, we were recommended by a friend to try out a small, very chilled restaurant close to our hotel. There, they served 3 starters, 3 mains and 3 desserts. That was it, and the simplicity of it all was quite refreshing. My starter featured a brandade sitting atop a vibrantly tasty bed of red peppers and olives ragout – this ragoût recipe here features other vegetables as well, so it’s more like a ratatouille.

When in Gordes, we had an amazing meal at Le Loup Blanc  – in this instance, ‘loup’ refers to the fish, and not the canine variety. As you may have guessed it, this restaurant specialises in fish and seafood. When I say specialised, I really mean it – the only non-seafood dishes on the menu were “foie gras maison” (starter), “a piece of beef” (main course), and dessert. We ate cod roasted in pesto, which formed a nice crust on top of the fish that I wanted to re-create.

Simple, fresh ingredients –  you can’t really go wrong! These recipes are pretty straight forward and don’t require a lot of fuss – and you’ll really enjoy the results!

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