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French Food Friday...Jambon et Melon de Pays

I love this time of the year in SW France as there is an abundance of fresh fruit on the market stands, and it is hard to resist buying more than we need.

The vendor of the lovely looking melon that you see pictured above, guaranteed that they would be the best that we has tasted and if not he would give us our money back, sure enough they were delicious and we will be back to buy more next week.

Combined with jambon de bayonne, which is a local delicacy as the region in which it comes from is only a few hours drive from us, is pure pleasure for the taste buds.

I adore market day and think there is nothing nicer than a shopping basket full with local produce.

Today it was full with honey, goats cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, white peaches, nectarines, aubergine and courgettes. Gently rested on top was a couple of pieces of poulet roti.....nothing better than French chicken cooked on the rotisserie.

Last of all was a couple of bouquets of flowers from our lovely flower man, beautiful vibrant colours.......

This weeks recipe is short and sweet.........


1 melon

6 slices Jambon de Bayonne or if you do not have this use Parma ham or prosciutto or Serrano ham which are similar in both taste and texture; 

Slice melon in half, remove seeds and cut into slices.

Serve with thinly slices of ham.

Bon appetit à tous, Leeann x


  1. So refreshing, Leeann!
    Have a great weekend.

  2. Isn't fresh fruit yummy? The season doesn't last long enough. Enjoy this great weekend. Smiles, Susie

  3. I love eating melons,
    they always refreshes me especially the sweet ones.

  4. your blog is very good, healthy and tasty recipe the prepare today!

  5. How divine Leeanne! I do hope you are having better weather than we are in London, its been a very wet summer.... Now that I am back in Blighty, it must plan a little trip to France :)


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Bonjour from a sunny but chilly SW France,

Hope that you had a nice weekend. We spent yesterday afternoon at a furniture auction but I will tell you more about that later in the week.

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