Saturday, September 8, 2007

Flavours and colours from the Camargue

This is the "Rice Feria" (a festival in the Camargue, Arles, France) this weekend.
Those bullfighting and equestrian festivities celebrate our gastronomy.

In September rice is a star since it is at its height. It is so white in this terracotta pot (le sel de Giraud), it seems to be white gold from my region.
I enjoy myself with some olives I buy at Daniel's on the market in Nîmes, they are excellent !

The "Maison Villaret" in Nîmes is famous for its crisp cookies. They have made a cereal bread with the Camargue cross on it.
The cross stands for the gardians (cowboys in the Camargue) and the fishermen from Les Saintes Marie de la Mer. It also symbolizes charity (the heart) and hope (tridents at the ending of the cross).
I use a nice printed madder red fabric inherited from the Indians to celebrate the southerner colours : a Provençal scarf "Les Olivades".

Finally, the Arlésiennes (female inhabitants in Arles) usually wear this cross so I have made one which is tied with a velour ribbon. Isn't it such an elegant and simple necklace ?

Translated by Isabelle

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