Sweet Cooking

Cooking in Aix En Provence

In Just Good Food, Travel on June 17, 2010 at 4:04 pm

Aix is a cool town in Southern France. It’s home to a university and filled with college kids, quaint restaurants, pizzerias, and art galleries. We had great food in Aix, but one meal really stood out because we made it ourselves at Le Passage. Le Passage is a large restaurant that also has a cooking school. Before we started cooking, Dan and I went to the open air market with Yannick (our chef/instructor) and selected our produce.

It was Yannick's birthday, and everyone at the market kept hugging him!

We purchased a few zucchini blossoms (yellow flowers above) for our starter.

We bought several tomatoes. They had a million varieties.

In addition to the blossoms and tomatoes, we also chose red peppers, fresh mint, fava beans, and asparagus. We also purchased some fresh goat cheese and sea bream (mild, white fish).

For our starter we prepared zucchini blossoms stuffed with goat cheese. First, we chopped up the mint and mixed it with goat cheese. Then we blanched each blossom. Next we stuffed the blossoms with the goat cheese mixture and garnished it with sliced radish and chopped tomatoes seasoned with olive oil, salt and pepper. It was very simple to prepare and so delicious!

This is so pretty and can easily be done at home. The goat cheese and mint mixture is fantastic.

For the main course, we had sea bream with asparagus and fava beans. I had never before fileted a fish or cooked fava beans. Both were easy. Our lunch was amazing…simple, fresh, tasty!

The red sauce on the plate is basically a pureed red pepper - it is such a colorful addition and easy to do.

My favorite part of this class was definitely learning how to filet a fish. I’ve always been intimidated by whole fish. I actually think I may try to filet one at home. That’s the great thing about cooking classes…confidence in the kitchen!

We did not get a printed recipe after our class, but if you’re interested, please comment and I’ll send you step by step instructions.

  1. that sounds so awesome. the market looks amazing!

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