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Pure delight
Pure delight
A Menu inspired by the olive oil of the valley
A Menu inspired by the olive oil of the valley
A warm atmosphere
A warm atmosphere
A menu which combines tradition and imagination
A menu which combines tradition and imagination
Our chef Michel Hulin
Our chef Michel Hulin
A romantic meal under the plane trees
A romantic meal under the plane trees
When originality encounters audacity
When originality encounters audacity
A gastronomic restaurant
A gastronomic restaurant
Flavours honored
Flavours honored
Lounge bar
Lounge bar

As a starter : Eggplant with fresh cheese

Eggplant verrine with fresh cheese and preserved lemon Lightly spiced tomato gazpacho
 
Ingredients for 12 servings :

 
  Eggplant caviar :
• 8 eggplants
• garlic, fresh thyme, minced 
• 100 g sundried tomatoes 
• 1 preserved lemon, finely chopped
• 50 g pine nuts, 
• 50 g small capers, chopped 
• 1 bunch of basil, finely scissored
• 250 g fresh goat cheese
 
Tomato gazpacho
• 1.5 kg tomatoes
• 500 g tomato concentrate
• 100 g ketchup
• 75 cl Xeres vinegar
• Tabasco sauce
  
 Fresh cheese with herbs
• 500 g fresh cheese – goat’s or ewe’s milk
• 1 bunch of parsley
• 1 bunch of fresh tarragon
 

 Pesto
• 1 bunch of fresh basil
• 2 cloves of garlic
• Olive oil
  
500 g Mixed young greens
 
Preparation 
For the eggplant caviar:
• Cut the eggplants in half lengthwise, score the flesh side, season with salt and pepper. Cook in a 180 °C oven with the minced garlic and thyme for 30 minutes. 
• After cooking, remove the soft flesh, mince it and leave it to drain. Add the chopped tomatoes, the basil, lemon, pine nuts, capers and cheese.  Mix and season with salt and pepper. 


For the fresh cheese:
• Blend the fresh cheese with the chopped herbs and season with salt and pepper and olive oil. 


For the pesto:
• Blanch the basil leaves, plunge them into ice water, drain. Blend with the crushed garlic and olive oil. Set aside.


For the gazpacho:
Skin the tomatoes, cut them in half and remove the seeds. Blend the tomatoes with the tomato concentrate, the ketchup and the Xeres vinegar. Pass through a fine conical strainer and season with a bit of Tabasco sauce.
 
Layer in a glass the eggplant caviar on the bottom, then the fresh cheese, topped with the tomato gazpacho. Add a dash of pesto as a final touch. 
 
Serve with a slice of golden toasted country bread and the mixed greens seasoned with an olive oil vinaigrette.