Having worked for us in the capacity of campsite courier and maintenance assistant as well as enjoying a fair few camping holidays with Canvas, our good friend Karen Wright from 2018’s Great British Bake Off knows a thing or two about our destinations. She also knows a fair amount about serving up delicious dishes and yummy bakes, so has all the ingredients needed to rustle up a brilliant blog about her favourite dishes and the destinations they come from.
Cote D’Azur and Provence
The first season as a Campsite Courier was spent living and working on one site in Burgundy and we had a wonderful time. The second season I joined the Maintenance department and along with my husband we were allocated the Cote D’Azur as an area to look after. We were so delighted, what a dream location. Everyday we visited a different site, and this meant every day we drove past the sandy beaches and beautiful Mediterranean Sea. We saw the cruise ships come and go, the speedboats zipping along. Or sometimes we travelled through the rolling hills and enjoyed the tranquillity of the spectacular countryside.
It was always hot, the sky was always clear blue, what an amazing place for a holiday. During our season we took in as many sights as we could on our days off. We even went to Monaco for a day during the Grand Prix in May. We hopped on a train and whizzed along the coastline, breath-taking!
The Gorge Du Verdon was another vision to behold. We had visited here years before on a holiday, the turquoise of the water in the river is remarkable. Nice of course is a must-see city, very glam of course, full of sophisticated looking people.
Provence is full of beautiful products too, perfume, honey, lavender and of course olives and rose wine. The restaurants are places to people watch in addition to enjoying a meal. Sea food is of course featured on every menu, but the recipe I am featuring on this blog is a simple salad. Salade Nicoise (from the city Nice) is a classic dish. Full of healthy, colourful vegetables, tuna, anchovies and egg, the addition of potatoes makes it also a hearty and filling meal. This makes a very inviting buffet party centrepiece too.
There are so many campsites to choose form in this area. I remember Holiday Marina as a personal favourite. It is right in the heart of Part Grimaud, hustle bustle port with plenty going on and just over the road to the beach. I remember La Baume for its fantastic swimming pool complex, as ever, there is a site to suit everyone in the Canvas Holidays brochure.
Quantities to suit appetite – Ingredients:
- Iceberg/ Gem or Cos lettuce
- Ripe tomatoes
- Red onion
- Cooked French beans
- Cooked baby potatoes
- Boiled eggs
- Canned tuna
- Black olives
- 3 Tbs White wine vinegar
- 3 Tbs extra virgin olive oil
- 1 Tsp Dijon mustard
- 2 cloves crushed garlic
- Handful chopped parsley
- Squeeze lemon
- Salt and pepper
Lay the shredded lettuce on a large serving platter. Arrange the quartered tomatoes, peeled, and chopped cucumber (chunks), beans, sliced onion, potatoes, halved eggs, anchovies, tuna, and olives on the top. Whisk all the dressing ingredients together and pour over the salad. That is it, the work of minutes and so delish!