French Province was the first trip my sweetheart and I took together and it immediately became a special place for us; besides utterly romantic and charming we soon discovered its great food. Even though I believe we have a sort of gift to find delicious food wherever we go (even in places with bad reputation); it would be really hard not to do it in Provence.
Some years later we came back to the area to discover some new villages and hidden corners and the magic was still there: great smelling bakeries in every corner, good wine and fresh in-season market food. While in Saint-Rémy de Provence we had our lunch stop at a beautiful restaurant with a lovely terrace, L’Olivade (no link available, so here is the address: 12 Rue du Château, 13210 Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, France). Everything we had was delicious, but the Artichauts à la Barigoule I took as a starter was definitely a dish I was going to replicate at home. And indeed I did, it has become one of our favourite dishes that I cook now on a regular basis.
It is traditional dish from French Provence and there are several variations to it. Basically it consist of serving the sauté artichokes on an onion, bacon and herbs light sauce. Sometimes the sauce is prepared also with white wine and some other vegetables such as carrots. My own approach was to transform the cooking sauce in a broth to serve the artichokes in a soup. I hope you try it and enjoy it. Here’s the recipe: