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Nov 1, 2007 05:22 PM

Typical Provence Ingredients

Can anyone tell me what the typical ingredients in Provence type dishes?

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  1. the first things that come to mind are some combination of garlic, olive oil, herbs de provence (which can include marjoram, thyme, rosemary, sage, rosemary or a number of other herbs mixed together), basil, lavender, fresh tomatoes - really, just fresh vegetables of any kind, fish, olives, wine, fennel... are you looking for specific recipes or just trying to define the regional cuisine? provence also has a lot of north african immigrants (especially in marseilles), and former colonialists who lived in north africa (mostly the pieds noirs from algeria), so there is also a north-african influence in a lot of the region

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    1. re: patz

      nothing really specific, just looking for ideas to add to my "What am I going to make for dinner tonight?"

    2. Herbs de Provence! :)

      I'm really not a Provencal cuisine guru by any means, but I can tell you that Ratatouille is a very popular French Provencal dish.

      1. Olives, tomatoes, potatoes, garlic, squash, anchovies, and the above-mentioned herbs, to name a few.

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        1. re: piccola

          From one who lives in Provence, also: lamb, sausage, Dorade, Colin, tellines, tiny white bait, mussels, caillettes, goat cheese, eggplant, salads, frisée and lardons, thin-crust pizza, pork, lentils, white coco beans, cardoons, leeks, ramps, brandade de morue and tapenade.