When you think of Provencal Cuisine thoughts of onion, garlic, tomato, eggplant & zucchini may spring to mind. A delicious and healthy taste of the south of France.
When you think about Provencal cuisine, what comes to mind? There is often a mix for a lot of people between what is considered Provencal cuisine and what is referred to as Mediterranean cuisine. Perhaps it is easiest to think about ingredients rather than actual dishes. Wonderful ingredients such as herbs de provence, olive oil, garlic, onion, basil, lavender, zucchini, eggplant to name a few.
Provencal cuisine refers to the cuisine in the southeast of France. Mediterranean cuisine includes the cuisine of Provence among others. At Cook’n with Class Uzès, we have referred to both. While you will find Provencal cuisine in restaurants even in the north of France, you can expect when enjoying or cooking this food in its home – that the ingredients as long as they are locally grown, have had the benefit of what the French refer to as “Le Terroir” – a term that can loosely be thought of as earth enriched. You should expect that if you have a ratatouille in the south it really tastes like what this dish should taste like – Provence! This same terroir is essential to wine production.
You may have noticed on various menus the term “a la Provençale” as part of a dish name. When you see this, you can expect to always have these 5 ingredients included in the preparation of that dish – tomato, onion, garlic, bell peppers & olive oil. You will rarely see butter or cream in Provencal cuisine not that there is no diary in this food out the south. You will see la brousse which is a made from fresh sheep’s milk – it is similar to cottage cheese.
So what are some examples of classical Provencal Cuisine: Ratatouille, Petit farçi (stuffed vegetable), Crespiou (vegetable omelette), Daube Provencale (similar to a Beouf Bourguignon), Tapenade, Bouillabaisse, Aioli (the sauce & the dish) & Bourride (ailoi mixed with the cooking juices).
Come & explore our local French markets every Tuesday & Wednesday and partake in an important part of French culture. Learn how to select the freshest ingredients for wonderful and delicious Mediterranean French recipes. Join us!
We will start off at the market, selecting the freshest fish & seafood. No need to be afraid of fish. We’ll assist you in create the perfect fish stock, bouillabaisse and other Mediterranean fish recipes in a very hands-on French cooking class experience.
Come learn delicious & decadent desserts renowned in the South of France. Think fruits, nuts and olive oil. In this class we will delve into desserts such as the nougat glacé, the fougasse d’aigues mortes and use ingredients like safran & lavender.
With over 250 cheeses & 27,000 wineries in France, a short holiday wouldn’t be enough to explore them all. Our Sommelier guides you through a selection of local cheeses paired with local wines, teaching valuable technics in cheese & wine pairing.
Step inside the chef’s kitchen accompanied by an experienced sommelier and enjoy an evening of wine pairing to the beautiful composed tasting plates whipped up by our chef. This is a hands-off class. Just sit back and let us be your guides.
Week in Uzès: 5-days of intensive cooking, baking, tours & degustation. Hands-on French cooking experience. Explore markets, visit producers, & partake in a one-of-a-kind learning experience. All skill levels welcome. 7-nights lodging included.
We can design a Culinary vacation package for your group. Classes can include any of our regular courses or theme-based sessions & tours. Customized packages include all but transportation to Uzès and lodging. Contact us & tell us about your needs.
Need a bit more attention or traveling as a group? Why not consider our private French cooking classes which are tailored to your needs and desires. This is great fun for families or friends or even individuals who want a little extra chef time.
Rejoignez-nous pour un cours de cuisine autour de la douceur des desserts avec, comme base, les ingrédients le plus souvent utilisés dans les cuisines provençale et méditerranéenne. Des classiques revisités par notre chef ! Des saveurs du Sud !