A taste of Provence

A trip to Contignac and a morning spent at a Provençal market resulted in a menu inspired by bountiful produce. The beauty of Contignac, the market and the fresh, vibrant ingredients were captured through the lens of Lauren McLean’s camera.

Take a long look and transport yourself to fruitful France…

A taste of Provence

Overgrown cobbled stairs lead up to a weathered and worn house. The blue of the front door and window offers a splash of colour.

image of cobbled stairs in France
Photography by Lauren McLean

 

 

Locals and tourists enjoy their morning coffee and pastries al fresco, on the streets of Contignac. One of Café Du Cours waiters heads back inside with a new order.

Image of people sitting outside at a restaurant
Photography by Lauren McLean

 

 

Beautiful beefy tomatoes, with puckered skin, are waiting to be plucked from the cardboard box in which they sit.

A local man fills his basket with the best apples and pears. It’s still quiet and there’s ample produce available – it’ll be a different story by the end of the day.

Image of old man buying produce at a market
Photography by Lauren McLean

 

 

Beautiful beefy tomatoes are waiting to be plucked from the cardboard box in which they sit.

Image of large tomatoes at a market
Photography by Lauren McLean

 

All-butter puff pastry has been slathered with black olive tapenade and topped with fresh tomatoes from the market. It’s served alongside ice-cold rosé and enjoyed in the sunshine.

Image of tomato tart
Photography by Lauren McLean

 

 

Ruby red, juicy and sweet like candy – these locally-grown strawberries are crying out to be eaten.

Pink radishes with little white socks await their future as crunchy crudites.

Image of pink radishes for sale at a French market
Photography by Lauren McLean

 

 

Ruby red, juicy and sweet like candy – these locally-grown strawberries are crying out to be eaten.

Image of strawberries for sale at French market
Photography by Lauren McLean

 

 

Crispy, flaky oreillettes, creamy rosé syllabub and strawberries are enjoyed in brightly coloured bowls. It’ll be devoured in the last of the evening sun.

Image of French biscuits, strawberries and syllabub
Photography by Lauren McLean

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