Eggfree Crespeou | Vibrant Layered Chickpea Pancakes

Crespeou (pronounced cres-PAY-oo) is a Provencal (France) layered dish normally composed of mini-omelettes filled with herbs and vegetables, and then layered in alternating colours. I make my usual chickpea flour pancakes/pudla/cheela instead of omelettes, to make the dish egg-free. It is a simple technique using common ingredients to produce a vibrant savoury cake.

Prepared in advance, the dish can be served hot or cold. Serve warm with a tomato and red onion salad, or, even better, wrap in foil, refrigerate and serve next day. Take it on picnics and to potlucks.

Similar dishes include Sweetcorn, Spring Onion and Chilli Pancakes, Farinata with Tomatoes, Onions and Cheese, Socca, and Pudla with Green Coriander.

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13 Treasure Happiness Soup | Provencale Vegetable Soup

An Extraordinary Soup

This soup is SO delicious – and makes everyone so happy when they eat it. The name comes from the 13 vegetables in the soup, and that wonderful warm, happiness feeling, but really it is from Provence in France. Like many Nicois recipes there is a strong Italian influence, and the soup is a close cousin to minestrone. There it is a summer soup, but the addition here of potatoes, pumpkin and sweet potato gives it that wonderful warmth for winter and early spring, and introduces truly wonderful textural combinations in every mouthful.

My parents believe firmly that vegetables are the path to health, and so a normal meal at their place may consist of many vegetables. The record number of veggies at this time is 12, yes TWELVE, at once on a plate. But with this recipe, I think that I claim the prize. Thirteen in one sitting. Not bad.

There is a story behind this soup. On a late Winter or early Spring day in 2012, it began with me falling down the concrete stairs to the garage. Traumatised more than actually hurt, pride suffering more than body, I was now the owner of a very sore big toe, a hole in the knee of my cropped pants, a dented pride, and some scruffs and scrapes on my lower limbs. It could have been much much worse.

It did take me a while for my body to get over the shock of that fall, so in the end I decided to work from home/take it easy as after all, rather than rushing around. Instead, I made this soup, and it restored body and soul.

My Sydney-based daughter now makes it as well, and declares  that it comforts, cheers and satisfies the whole (fussy) family. It is great as a winter dish or for any cold day, cooked on a cold afternoon to scent and warm the house as it bubbles away. There is quite a bit of chopping to do, but the cooking itself is relatively quick and efficient.

Similar recipes include Genoese Minestrone with Vegetables, Greek White Bean Soup and Minestra di Pasta e Fagioli Borlotti.

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Provencal Tian de Courgettes, Tomates et Oignons | Tian from Provence of Zucchini, Tomatoes, and Onions

As the zucchini and tomatoes come into their best in Autumn, as one gets nostalgic for summer, this is the perfect recipe.

Although zucchini and tomatoes come into their best in Autumn, as one gets nostalgic for summer, this is the perfect recipe.

The tian is both a cooking dish and the name of what’s cooked in it. Summer vegetables are sliced quite thin, arranged in careful upright layers, drenched in quality olive oil and cooked in a slow oven until each individual vegetable surrenders to the others, becoming one.

A tian is also an earthenware vessel of Provence used both for cooking and serving. The dish is baked in an oven. The classic vessel is flattened at the base, flaring outward to a wider rim. It is traditionally glazed on the inside, and unglazed on the outside. But use any round or oblong earthenware dish, or failing that, any oven proof dish.

Feel free to browse recipes from our Retro Recipes series. You might also like our Zucchini recipes . Or you might like to browse Tomato recipes. Check out our easy Autumn recipes.

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