Noel in the Luberon
Posted on December 20th, 2010
Christmas is nearly with us. All the villages have put up illuminations and are holding various events and children’s activities.
Each village has a Christmas Market, with chestnuts, Christmas cakes, santons and decorations in addition to the usual produce. Truffles are in season and each market has a stall selling black truffles at 800 euros/kg, truffle scented olive oil and tapenades. Not much pleasant to say about aperitif wine infused with truffles.
On Saturday we attended a carol service at the 12th century Romanesque church of Saint Sebastien in Goult where, in 2008, they discovered a 14th century fresco behind the altar. The few children present were surprisingly well-behaved; Saint Sebastien is the patron saint of cranky children.
The carols were sung in a mixture of English, French and Provençal. Afterwards everyone retired to the Cafe de la Poste for hot chocolate, kir and more singing.
On Sunday the local Choeur Domitia gave a concert at the Catholic church of Cheval Blanc. Works by Saint-Saens, Faure and Schubert were slightly at odds with the flashing Christmas star overhead and a brightly coloured flashing Christmas tree.
There is a highly-regarded restaurant near here which does not have the astronomic prices of local Michelin-starred establishments. We have booked for lunch on Christmas Day at l’Arome in Bonnieux. The menu de Noel:
Saumon fumé maison sur sablé au Parmesan, crème au Wasabi
Velouté de Foie Gras, Raviole de Cèpes et Huitres pochées, huile de Truffes
Croustillant de Langoustines et Noix de Saint-Jacques planché, émincé de Poireaux et jus au Noilly Prat
1/2 Pigeonneau rôti sur Toast , jus lié de ses Abats
Palette de Desserts
More wood has been delivered for the fire. It is 100% chene (oak) which burns slowly. Fast-burning woods to be avoided include pin (pine); chataignier (chestnut); and cerisier (cherry). The house is decorated with Christmas lights, holly and mistletoe.
Christmas shopping continues……………..