Sinking in the South of France: Nice, Part 2
As if our 4-hour lunch followed by a 2-hour nap was not enough … life kicked in once again at cocktail time! Whoa! Isn’t this just the perfect vacation ever?
Hubby woke me up and literally pulled me out of bed to make sure I do not miss a beat with the action in the kitchen. Starting with this:
… and this:
Yep. That’s my dream kitchen in the background — with my dream stainless steel drawers, stainless steel cupboards, and that massive industrial stove! If that kind of equipment doesn’t make you a great chef, I don’t know what will! I could easily see myself setting up camp in that kitchen anytime!
And you know what else was shining in this stainless steel splendor? This thingamajig, which was roasting a cuchon. Indoors. Wooooooooooooow, right?
So, the indispensable champagne glasses started to clink while le cuchon was cooking. (Wait. Do you see that uber long nail-looking thing on the left side of the awesome grill — just waiting for a kebab to happen???) Wooooooooooow again, right?
A roquette salad (picked from their garden!) with freshly carved pata negra (in case you missed it, check out picture #1 again!), artichokes, and those crunchy flower-shaped tomatoes from Italy called “Merenda’s.” Some very baby carrots on the side of le cuchon … and roasted potatoes drizzled with garlic. One bite and again, I thought I had died and went to heaven. :)
How can such simple cooking result in a meal that is one you will remember forever? Someone once said that along with a Chef’s ability to put flavors and textures together, is his successful choice of using only the best quality ingredients. I couldn’t agree more. When you have the best quality of pork, carrots, potatoes, … down to the best grain of salt, butter, and olive oil — there will be very little reason to fail.
Truly, simple home cooking … at its best!