Something a little different this week. I had a rather dramatic couple of days trying to get there (my iPhone alarm failed to go off, I subsequently missed my flight and had to pay lots to get on another one) but I was in France last weekend for my sister's birthday. So instead of a recipe post I thought I'd share with you some photos of the outdoor market in St Antonin, which is one of the best in the area.
St Antonin itself is a beautiful little town in the Midi Pyrenees in the South of France and was the location for the Cate Blanchett film, Charlotte Gray. Every Sunday it is transformed from a sleepy Medieval village in the Tarn to a bustling market hub where growers and producers come from miles around to sell their wares. It is predominantly a food market, however there is every chance you could also come away with some new shoes or a gorgeous necklace.
The quality of the produce is wonderful. Artisan honeys and foie gras (surely better than the mass-produced supermarket ones) and the freshest vegetables you can imagine. I will always have a little place in my heart for French market Coeur du Boeuf tomatoes - possibly the nicest ones I've ever eaten.
For those of you more actively inclined, the village is also the departure point for canoeing trips down the Aveyron. These are brilliant fun - the rapids are exhilerating, yet gentle enough not to be scary. Take a picnic - and a change of clothing for when you reach the other end. You won't reach your destination still dry!