|A.Y. Jackson, Red Barn in winter|
I'm sipping rum (and eggnog) near my wee xmas tree. There's a few presents waiting for us to find them, our kitchen is full with market shopping, and the bread is rising.
Going to the market to shop for a meal is such a pleasure. And on Christmas eve the feeling is enhanced by the aromas and scent of the season - pine and balsam trees, Montreal bagels, fresh fish, citrus, bundles of thyme, hot apple cider, soft unripened cheese, brioche...
(Frankly, I was too busy exploring and smelling my way around the market that I don't have any original photos to share of my experience, just my words.)
My father loves to go to the market too, and I can picture him now with a fist full of oysters and cider, wearing a beret and a brown leather jacket (and maybe a thin scarf). He also has on a huge grin.
He sent me a link today, which comes as a nice surprise as it is about a chef in Provence who is also preparing a market fresh festive meal. Watch the video and then see the links to the recipes after.
Today's weather in Toronto: partly cloudy, minus 2 C
Today's weather in Provence: sunny and clear, 6 degrees C