Provence Recipes Captured as Art

#LoveProvence Blog Mirabeau Boutique Provençal cuisine

Dutch fine art photographer Tineke Stoffels lives near Cotignac, and when we first saw her work, we knew it would be a perfect fit in the Mirabeau Boutique for representing the “Taste of Provence”. Inspired by the magnificent art of the Dutch Masters, Tineke painstakingly sets up the still life in her studio to get the images just right. Afterwards she spends days in her “digital dark room” converting the photograph into what looks like a Dutch Masterpiece.

The fine art photography we have at Mirabeau is from her “Provence Recipes” series, which depicts the ingredients of the most famous/traditional recipes from the region.

Such as Le Grand Aïoli which is a Provençal sauce made from garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, egg yolks and seasoning. In the Grand version, Tineke also includes various boiled vegetables, boiled fish (normally soaked salted cod) and boiled eggs. Aïolo is the centrepiece of a meal, which is normally obtained from the market that day, and is an absolute celebration of summer’s bounty.

Another popular dish is Tapenade, which with its salty ingredients is a perfect companion to a chilled glass of rosé. The French word for Tapenade comes from the Provençal name for caper buds, tapeno. The main ingedients in tapenade are niçoise olives, capers, anchovies, garlic and extra virgin olive oil.

If you’re also inspired by these fabulous art pieces, please contact Tineke directly. For visitors to our boutique, we also offer smaller versions in the form of fabulous greeting cards. We hope you enjoy her artwork as much as we do!

The author: Victoria Koning

Victoria enjoys travel, writing, photography and has oodles of IT experience (technical & software support, web design and online marketing). Born in Cape Town, she worked in Johannesburg, lived in the Netherlands and now calls Cotignac home (see Tours and Tales.com). Inspired by "following a dream" Victoria loves sharing the Mirabeau story and fab wines. Having Dutch as a second language is surprisingly useful.

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