I normally like to post my own recipes, but this meal from a recent trip to France was in another league – I had to blog about it! As a pescatarian, I’ve had ALOT of fish in my time, but this was amongst the best I think I’ve ever had! Click MORE below to read about the nutritional benefits of white fish like sole, and see the pics of my gorgeous meal…
Sitting amongst the vine and fig trees overlooking a valley far below I enjoyed a beautiful lunch at the courtyard of the world famous Colombe d’Or hotel. The hotel is set in the picturesque walled village of Saint Paul de Vence, and inside the restaurant a unique private collection of modern art can be found hanging from the walls, by such eponymous names as Picasso, Klee and Miró.
It’s hosted some pretty significant people over the years including Picasso, Matisse, James Baldwin and Brangelina. I thought the atmosphere was totally relaxed and very cool, with spectacular views and some epic people-watching. It already seems ideal, and then the food arrives – bliss! The menu features a basket of crudités and too many delicious starters to mention, including caramelised onions, grilled peppers in olive oil, tomatoes, beans, anchovies, aubergines and other specialities. I settled on the honeydew melon stuffed with ripe figs as a starter – nutritious, hydrating, loaded with vitamin C and very low in calories. For my main, a breathtaking ‘sole meunière’ with broccoli, sea beans, lemon and a mustard sauce (on the side). The fish was an orgy of flavour, was at the perfect temperature, with a really engaging texture – and although the mustard sauce was fantastic in its own right, the sole just didn’t need it!
Whenever I can, I’ll order a lean white fish – they’re constantly swimming around in the water, burning off their own fat, developing protein chains, and are mostly made of muscle tissue. Sole is particularly high in protein (19g per 100g), low in fat (1g per 100g), practically calorie-free (just 79 calories per 100g) and is a very rich source of omega 3 fatty acids (essential as the body doesn’t produce them naturally and they can only be gained through food). Omega 3 fatty acids can lower the risk of inflammatory conditions & heart disease. They’re also important for cognitive function, normal growth and development. Sole is also a great source of vitamin D (which again helps with growth and development), and phosphorus (important for growth and cellular reproduction).
Such an incredible meal, and if you’re ever in that part of the world, stop in just to sample their fabulous fish!
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