Simplicity is the key for most good things in life and that includes what happens in the kitchen. What's easier than a hunk of warm baguette, fresh berries, and a half wheel of Brie? Nothing! And those three make a perfect picnic, especially for an afternoon lazing under a parasol on a quiet Ontario beach.
Okay, maybe the daydreams have taken hold, BUT THE COLD'S GOTTEN TO ME, PEOPLE, and I'm <this> close to waving the white flag.
When I start picturing warm afternoons — it's a Canadian winter survival tool — I almost always think of holidays with my family, and many of those were spent in the south of France. The south of France smells of oregano and thyme warmed by the sun, it's a breeze that cools the air under olive groves, and it's meals the family can quickly prepare together so that more time can be spent playing outdoors. Nothing complicated, no matter what the cookbooks and movies might show us.
When you're stuck for a side dish to a beautiful meal you've spent time preparing, the last thing you have time for is a 100-step process that results in a lukewarm reception by hungry hordes. I have yet to meet a person who doesn't like Provençal roasted potatoes.
Peel and cut potatoes into chunks.
Pour olive oil over potatoes and add garlic.
Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and Provençal herbs. Toss lightly and set aside until oven reaches 400F/205C.
Place potatoes onto a baking sheet covered in parchment paper and roast for 30-35 minutes, or until golden.
Makes 4 servings.
Another French classic that turns potatoes into a love potion — It's conceivable! — is Leek, Potato, and Carrot soup, especially when topped with bacon.