Fruit and Conserves

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French Country Kitchen

French Country Kitchen

By Geraldene Holt

Published 1987

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There were two kitchens at Vézénobres: one shady and vaulted with a mimosa tree at the door, the other on the floor above with one wall almost all window looking out across the valley of the Gardon to the blue Cévennes. In this kitchen it was sometimes hard to concentrate on the cooking. The light constantly shifts across vineyard and olive grove and the flock of milking sheep makes its way up the far hillside. Just below the window a machine like a turquoise scarab moves along every fourth row of vines, spraying against botrytis. It leaves the vineyard looking like neat rows of knitting: three rows of purl where the soil is wet, separated by one of plain where it is light and dusty and dry.