FRENCH POEMS La Cigale et la Fourmi with Gill Storey Autumn is over, winter is now well underway. The grapes have been gathered and the villages are redolent with the smell of crushed grapes –…
Who they really were has been lost forever in history, but by the time of the Third Republic, the legend of the love of Fenouil and Fenouille was so familiar along the coast that Minister Jules Pams proposed that a statue be put up in Port Vendres to immortalise the lovers.
I have been impressed by the difference in the styles and tastes of the vinegars available from the Vallespir vineyards. The latest addition to my collection of single estate vinegars is from Treloar Vineyards, which nestles into the base of Mount Canigou. It is wonderfully sweet yet savoury.
A great accompaniment for cheese, charcuterie, pate and also good in your sauces and gravies, particularly duck and greasy meats, to cut down the fat.
Céret composer Déodat de Séverac was born in Saint-Félix-Lauragais, not far from Toulouse, in 1872 and moved to Céret in the Pyrenees-Orientales.
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Places des Neuf Jets in Céret went back in time to 1943 under the German occupation.
Jean Rochefort is the painter, his young nude model is Spanish actress Aida Folch, and the artist’s wife is a dazzling Claudia Cardinale.
An Elephant in my Kitchen. A chic Parisienne, Françoise never expected to find herself living on a South African game reserve.
Not the most cheerful of titles or films, but if you love the scenic Vallespir, the Spanish film, Sunday’s Illness, was filmed in and around pretty Prats de Mollo