La Fourmi? What is that? An nice little store I found by looking on the internet if there were any destocking store in Lyon. It offers grocery store closeouts from the grocery industry. Closeouts become available because of overproduction, packaging changes, seasonal items, warehouse damage, or short date codes.
In the middle of Lyon, finding this kind of products + some more fancy products with tiny prices really deserve to be heard and seen by all. Less waste for the planet, I like that. There are actually 2 boutiques in Lyon.
If I can help just one of you to be more aware of all the waste that is happening in the grocery industry, I’ll be proud. Those stores are important for the environment! You can have a 10% discount on your products if you show the cashier the image below!
This is not only random products, you can basically shop here for all your dried ingredients. Proof is, my challenge was to create an entire recipe based on products I could find in this little store.
And it was actually SO easy! There is a lot of choice, you have pasta, rice, beans, legumes… A lot of canned fishes but also fresh produces like cream, cheese…etc.
So I decided I would make a hearty bowl of pasta with tomato sauce and a little bit of Provence. Shall I show you?
Mediterranean style tuna fusilli (serves 4) :
- 250g uncooked fusilli
- 185g tuna in brine
- 400g canned whole peeled tomatoes
- 4-5 artichoke hearts
- A dozen olives
- 1 tbsp Provence herbs mix
- 15cl water
- 2 shallots (optional)
- Salt and pepper
Cooked the pasta according to the packet instruction. Drain and set aside.
Mince shallots finely.
In a pan, add minced shallots with a drizzle of olive oil. Add the Provence herbs mix.
Cook for a few minutes, stirring regularly.
Add the coarsely chopped canned tomatoes, water, sliced olives. Season with salt and pepper.
Let it cook for 5 minutes with a lid on.
Add the drained tuna and the artichoke hearts cut in 4 pieces.
Cover and let it cook for 3 additional minutes.
Taste, season more if needed and serve over the pasta!