Panier of Plenty

Sunday Sport

Céret, architectural detail

This time last year, I started hiking in the mountains with a local
group, which involved rising at 5am. Today’s activities began at a
more civilised hour, as I drove to the nearby village of Céret
– attracted by the vide grenier (‘clear the attic’, or car boot sale,
like a flea market). Anyone who has experienced a vide grenier knows
how addictive they are – even if you aren’t looking for anything,
you always find treasure (or two…).

Decanter 1 euro, glasses 1 euro elsewhere

Large tablecloth, embroidered linen, 5 euros

I was searching for a deeper ‘mushroom panier’, and instead found a
table cloth, tiny liquer glasses (for the liquer de mirabelles, mûres
and coings maturing in the cellar), and ‘rescued’ a little Virgin
Mary shrine from being trampled on.

To contain holy water, 1 euro

As the afternoon began, so did the mushroom hunt for dinner, as I
ventured into the forest where the track is overgrown and arrives
in another valley. I found what I was looking for – ‘pied bleu’ which
smell a bit like raspberries and have a culinary rating of ‘three
knives and forks’ (the highest in my guidebook). I took a chance on
the others, which are in the lactaire family (they resemble ‘lactaire
à lait abondant and leak a milky substance) but turned out to be
inedible. As I didn’t need to prepare them I had time to make an
apple tart… for Sunday isn’t Dimanche without a feast.

A cèpe, pied bleu and lactaire selection

Pale violet, with a delicate flavour

Tarte aux pommes

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This entry was published on November 25, 2012 at 11:03 pm. It’s filed under Architecture, Country Life, Country Living, Cuisine, Culture and Arts, Environment, Europe, Expat, Food, Forest, France, French Culture, La Vie Quotidienne, Languedoc Roussillon, Leisure, Life, Lifestyle, Mediterranean, Nature, Pyrénées, Rural Life, Seasons, South of France, Thoughts and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

One thought on “Sunday Sport

  1. mesarapugs on said:

    Very pretty! And what wonderful finds! We like the tablecloth and Holy water shrine! 🙂

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