Category Archives: Sustenance

Don’t worry, be happy

Straight out — Food is not, by a long shot, the best thing about living in Egypt. I hope to be able, as this blog continues, to write about some of the more successful dishes and ingredients here. In the … Continue reading

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Back to the Market: Les Halles de Nîmes

Les Halles de Nîmes. Ley Al. Not Leyzal. No liaison, my French teacher reminds me. Where we provision the kitchen. Sometimes I go with a shopping list, intent on ingredients for soupe au pistou, or ratatouille, or pasta con le … Continue reading

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Writing and Ratatouille

My first written language was French, and like children in écôles everywhere, I learned at the age of five to do joined-up writing, as the Brits would say, or cursive as the Americans call it. When I started  second grade … Continue reading

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Rural bliss

There are many ways to find a good restaurant; a personal recommendation from someone whose taste you respect or understand offers you the surest chance of a happy meal. In my travels as a child, when we would arrive in … Continue reading

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Taking the pistou

We are fortunate to have had numerous guests over the seven summers de Nîmes, although this year only the Rock and Asp Idistra have joined us. Soupe au pistou, a Provençal classic, has become the traditional meal to welcome new … Continue reading

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We are all terroirists

It was supposed to be a day of chores — well, not exactly chores if that implies a tedious job that must be done at the request of parents. Errands, perhaps? Opportunities? In any case, we had a number of … Continue reading

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The first foray to the market

When we first started coming to Nîmes, it was all about the surrounding markets — Uzès on Saturdays, Saint Rémy de Provence on Wednesdays — as well as the Nîmes farmers’ market on Fridays and the flea market on Sundays. … Continue reading

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