A while ago I asked an English friend who used to have a property in France, what she missed the most about no longer having it and she said her local grocery store. I laughed, but completely understood why.
I love my local shop. It is in walking distance from our house and means that together with my weekly vegetable market, I can get most of what I need without having to drive to a big supermarket outside of town. Also I only buy what I can carry, so never over-shop.
Here are some photos I took to share the experience with you.
We start with fresh vegetables brought in from nearby farms.
Then move onto olives from Mausanne in Les Alpilles. These are my favourite, they are young and cured with fennel.
And you can buy them by the kilo.
Moving onto bottled produce. These soups are so pretty you could buy them just to keep on the shelf at home.
And these, close your eyes and you could be sitting by le vieux port in Marseilles, and who’s to know you didn’t spend half the day grinding up fish bones to make this soup?
We move on to vegetables in a jar to add to a salad when that unexpected guest turns up.
These are The Artist’s favourite, and he doesn’t even wait for an unexpected guest to open them!
For the die-hard Foie Gras fans these are made with duck liver.
And for those who like their goose cooked in goose fat.
Who knew that cornflour could look so good? And its Gluten Free!
And they even let in dogs. This is Cici, I’m not sure if she was trying to tell me something, but she was definitely ‘waving and not drowning’ and I rather suspect she may have eaten a few too many chips!
And here’s dessert.
And to wash it all down a good bottle of local Rosé wine.
And if the shop is too far to walk, you can always get on your bike.
I hope you’ve enjoyed your virtual shopping trip with me. Please leave a comment below and let me know how it was for you!