French Cooking a la Pierre

When we were in Provence, France, in August, Claudie & Pierre spoiled us like kids!!!! Pierre even stayed at home to cook while Claudie took us sightseeing. Need I to tell you that we were in heaven….?

The best was when Chef Pierre, who is a very caring person, surprised hubby with a delicious octopus dish he had made just because he had heard that hubby love it!

Octopus cooked by Pierre, France, Copyright Lifecruiser.com

…and what did hubby think about it? Honestly: he did love it! It was the best octopus he had ate in his whole life!!! Talk about being spoiled….

Not only that, but he had made me a special fish dish since I don’t like octopus - wasn’t that the sweetest thing of him to do? Equally delicious I can tell you!

Fish cooked by Pierre, France, Copyright Lifecruiser.com

Another evening we had another fish dish, but I really can’t tell what kind of fishes they were since we’re not that good in French.

I think they tried to explain and showed us in the internet, but do you think I remember that now? *giggles*

Fish fried by Pierre, France, Copyright Lifecruiser.com

Something else very special and I think was very Provencale (?) was this soup - perfect in the hot evening - with the small breads in it with some kind of Aioli in them.

Claudie, what was the name of this soup?

Provencale soup by Pierre, France, Copyright Lifecruiser.com

We also had a delicious Daube de Boeuf de Provencal one evening, where the coking time is many many hours, as in fact it’s a bit similar as our traditional Swedish Kalops and we simply love that.

There were several occasions we simply forgot to take photos and just enjoyed - I’m sure you understand…

The beef he served us another evening was super as you can see for yourself… Getting hungry yet?

Beef and potato slices by Pierre, France, Copyright Lifecruiser.com

I was thrilled when I saw that they had a pressure cooker, but not surprised because where else if not in France should you spot one?

The principle for how it works were invented already in 1679 by the French inventor Denis Papin.

French Pressure cooker, France, Copyright Lifecruiser.com

I haven’t seen any one here in Sweden in ages. I think they started to disappear around here at the same time as the microwave become so popular.

It’s a pity, because the pressure cookers are a bit like steamcooking - it cooks so much faster and keeps more of the nutrients.

Besides that: it’s a greener alternative since it uses much less electricity/gas - something to think about in this global warming times.

….and no, it won’t “explode” as those vintage pressure cookers could, the modern ones have several safety features…. *giggles*

Did you know that pressure cookers often are used by mountain climbers? They need to compensate for the low air pressure if they’re at very high elevations, because up there the water boils at temperatures way below 100 °C and if not using the pressure cooker, their dinner may be undercooked!

Our dinner however, were not undercooked or overcooked: it was delicious every day of our stay - thanks to Chef Pierre - we still miss his cooking and Claudie’s who did an excellent job showing us their Provence.

The last week now here at home we’ve been busy preparing to start our new health diet though: the LCHF Diet - LowCarbHighFat.

To cut it short: max 5% Carbohydrates in the food products, no pasta, rice, potatoes or flour (no bread), only vegetables from over ground, no sugar and lots of fat from cocosnut oil, pure butter, cream. No light products what so ever, there are unhealthy stuff in them.

Now we’re on Day 3 and a half on the LCHF Diet and feel just fine! We’ll go on for 3 weeks and evaluate the results then.

We might write some more about it later, let me just tell you that we’ve never eaten so much delicious food as we do now on this diet - it’s almost like Pierres cooking!

Lifecruiser Pierre’s Cooking

Earlier posts in this serie:

French Art Gallery Exhibition
France Bandol Beach Sunset
To Tour Toulon Too
Le Castellet Medieval Village
Vintage Marseille Soap Posters
French beach leach
Bloggers toast in France
Bloggers finally meet in France after three years of blogging
French blogger host lost
Start Fart of France Trip
Marseille Air Lair Stare
Pastis in Provence Southern France
Photographer beholder but not older
Connect Hotel Skavsta Airport

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Comments on French Cooking a la Pierre

  • 1
    renantech said:

    i love cooking thanks for sharing. Can you provide me some American food recipe

  • 2
    Gattina BELGIUM said:

    It’s amazing that you didn’t come back fat like Christmas goose, with this diet, lol ! I still have my pressure cooker, lots of people use them here. Good luck with your new diet, don’t become a skinny minnie !

  • 3
    DianeCA NORWAY said:

    Well I did come back fat like a Christmas goose, or at least a few kilos more then when I left. But I will not blame Pierre, he was not responsible for the crepes we ate when we were out for lunch, or all the wine I drank late into the evening! Actually their diet is very healthy. Pierre makes a wonderful dinner, but food is light and simple the rest of the day, except maybe a little special for us since we were guests. Thanks for this lovely post and all the good and delicious memories!!

  • 4
    DianeCA NORWAY said:

    By the way…I agree its a shame we don’t use pressure cookers, but the new safety features are important….my great Aunt Maggie’s pressure cooker exploded once (or for those who do not understand - it blew its top!) I remember my mother and my aunt picking stew off the ceiling for HOURS!!! Hahahaha

  • 5

    I am getting really hungry,the dishes look just delicious. I really have to eat something…unfortunately we have just some spaghetti :lol:

  • 6
    claudie FRANCE said:

    What a surprise to see this lovely post about Pierre’s cooking! A lot of people cook still with the pressure cocotte! The soup with aïoli is a fishes’ soup. So many good time we had I remember watching at the pictures!!! i must do my diet now too! It’s so difficult to do a diet when you live with Pierre! I think he will prepare some red fishes (rougets) for tonight. I will ask him some vegetables with!!!! :smile:
    now I go to school! I wasn’t so present here on blogsphere all those time! But This year I have a lot to do with my class and we prepare the house for Anaïs who will arrive the 7 th of fébruary w :grin: ith Kalle!

  • 7

    O-oh, I’m salivating at all that lovely food,…not the octopus, though. I’ll leave that for Mr Lifecruiser. You were certainly treated like royalty by Claudie and Pierre…what lovely people they are.

    I’ve lost a lot of weight in the past year…almost 20 kg, just by cutting out carbohydrates after 5 pm. I may have grilled chicken and salad, fish and salad or a small veil T bone with veges and on a really hot night, I’ll just have a plate of fruit, Worked wonders for me. Good luck with your diet.

  • 8
    TorAa NORWAY said:

    Dear Lifecruiser,’when we was there:
    I was a Dream.
    We will never forget.
    Thnaks to Clauidie and Pierre.
    as hosts.

    We know we can not be sure of a pleasant outside temprature like in Ollioules, but I think we can offer the same hospitality.

    ps. Keep on with your Health program
    Anna as at least flue, what kind of is yet to descided, so she stays at home.
    I work from home. Only 2 weeks until my assignment comes to an end. After that? No clue

  • 9
    TorAa NORWAY said:

    You have many reasons to return to Ollioles and Pieres cooking is not the last one;)

  • 10

    Yum! Thank goodness I just finished eating…these photos are dangerous for my diet! ;)

  • 11
    DianeCA NORWAY said:

    Oh I do miss Pierres cooking! Hope all is well with you! Heard a rumor you are planning summer ;-) There is hope yet!!!

  • 12
    Manfredi ITALY said:

    OMG, those dishes look so good! Do you want all of us hungry?! :D

  • 13

    Ohhhh yea; my mouth is watering, my hear is beeping and my memories goes wild thinking of the wonderful day we had at this bloggers meeting at Claudie and Pierre and you know what;

    RennyBA ? Pierre’s Cooking toooooooooo!

    Btw: I remember my grandma had a pressure cooker and always used it for potatoes (to make the boil fast).

  • 14
    Vagabonde UNITED STATES said:

    My cousin who lives close to Fontainebleau outside of Paris uses a pressure cooker all the time. She has 3 different sizes and buys them in Italy. When we were on our last cruise last November, we docked in Genoa and I bought a pressure cooker there, a small one. So yes, pressure cookers are still made – the best ones are from Italy though. It is called: pentola a pressione and they are made by Lagostina. They are great.

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