It’s exciting at home: tonight we’re having a party! Relatives and friends will be there and we’ll have a joyous gathering.
“I’ll start by chilling the appetisers: Muscats and Byrrh, without forgetting the Crémant de Limoux and the fruit juice for the children. “Then I will prepare some nibbles”, Claire said to her husband. “Can you go and do some shopping? You must buy some mussels for the brasucade, some sausage from Haut-Languedoc and some Fouet Catalan sausage. Don’t forget to get a leg of Lozère lamb and some “Pomme de terre des Sables” (potato growing in sand) as an accompaniment. And you must get something for starters and some speciality spreads such as Nîmes brandade , some tuna pâté or some tapenades. Also , get some Lucques and Picholines olives which I will serve alongside the Collioure anchovies. Before you go, can you see if there are still two bottles of olive oil, I would like to give one to your sister. She’s going back to Limoges tomorrow. And don’t forget to get five Raspaillou and see if there is any Aigues Mortes focaccia for the dessert.
So, let’s have a look in the pantry first… Claire’s husband goes through the bottles, which are stacked neatly on one of the shelves. Varieties of olive oils, sunflower oils, rapeseed oil, various flavoured vinegars and other containers leave him perplexed, “Do you really need all of these?” he asked. You would think so. Next to this he found a stack of herbs, Camargue salt and some condiments, Claire likes having these in store for cooking.
It is time to go shopping now. He is off with a shopping bag, leaving his wife in charge in the kitchen. But this evening, he will be in charge of the brasucade. His guests will be impressed.