Friday, 29 April 2016

French Food Friday...Saint Emilion au Chocolat


photo and recipe from here

I am not sure what happened to the days between Monday and today and only hope that next week moves at a slower pace...

St-Emilion is a medieval town near Bordeaux and is a 45 minute drive from where we live. The town  is  famous for its macarons. They are more rustic than their modern Parisian counterparts, consisting of a single almond biscuit without ganache. The town’s legendary Macarons Nadia Fermigier shop inherited the closely guarded 17-century recipe of the local Ursuline nuns, which has been handed down through the generations. This classic dessert from the region layers the macarons with chocolate mousse, which was once only a specialty of French restaurants.

Makes 4-6
butter 125g
sugar 125g
milk 1 teacup
egg 1
chocolate 250g
macaroons 12–16
rum or brandy a little
Cream the butter and the sugar until they are well amalgamated. Scald the milk and let it cool, then mix it with the yolk of the egg.
Melt the chocolate over the fire, with a very little water, then stir in the milk and egg mixture, then the butter and sugar. Stir this cream carefully until it is absolutely smooth.
In a souffle dish arrange a layer of macaroons, soaked in a little rum or brandy; over these pour a layer of the chocolate cream, then put another layer of macaroons and so on until the dish is full, finishing with macaroons. Leave the dish in a cold place for at least 12 hours.
bonne fin de semaine ! Leeann x

Monday, 25 April 2016

my latest finds...

Bonjour mes belles,

Yesterday morning we got up  early and headed for a couple of vide- greniers that were taking place.
April marks the start of the vide-grenier "season" and would you believe that there are 52 vide-greniers taking place in our region next Sunday? It is impossible to visit all so it is a matter of selecting the ones that you think are going to be best based on previous years and hoping that you find some fabulous trésors.

At the first one that we visited yesterday we did not find a lot so headed to the next one which was only 10kms away.

I found this fabulous chair which is going to be my next project, it has no seat so I will need to create one and then have to find some fabric. It is an antique music chair and I think that it is perfect for a bathroom.



I love the patine that it has accumulated with age and my plan is to leave the paintwork as is apart from giving it a gentle clean....

One of my other finds, is this fabulous fronton. My plan is to paint it and either use it above a door or transform it into a ciel de lit and hang it above a bed.


I also found some fabulous antique photo frames that I have not had time to photograph. I am toying with the idea of restarting my online shop again in Autumn and it gives me an excuse to buy lots of lovely french objects. It is either this or start another restoration project but I am not sure that I am ready to tackle another house restoration just yet.....

Have a fabulous week, here we have beaucoup de soleil....
Leeann x



Friday, 22 April 2016

French Food Friday...Orange Blossom Madeleines



recipe and photo from here


Bonjour mes belles,

Yesterday I made my normal madeleine recipe which French Boyfriend adores but today I am in the mood for a change and I have a bottle of orange blossom water in the cupboard that I have not used in a while.

Orange Blossom Madeleines



Makes: 2 1/2-dozen regular, or 7 1/2-dozen mini madeleines

Ingredients:
•2/3 cup sugar
•3 large eggs (preferably at room temperature)
•1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
•1 1/2 teaspoons orange blossom water
•1 cup all-purpose flour, sifted
•10 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
•powdered sugar, for garnish.


Method:
1.Place the sugar, eggs, and salt in a mixing bowl and whip on medium-high speed until very pale and thick.  Stir in the orange blossom water.  Add the flour and melted butter alternately, folding gently so the batter loses as little volume as possible.  Refrigerate the batter (covered), for 45 minutes or until thickened.

2.Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.  Grease a madeleine pan generously, and lightly dust with flour, knocking off any excess.  Scoop the batter into the prepared pan (1 tablespoon per well for standard-sized madeleines, 1/2 teaspoon per well for mini-madeleines).  Bake standard-sized madeleines for 12-14 minutes, mini-madeleines for 8-9 minutes, or until lightly golden around the edges.  (If you have only one pan, bake in sequence, keeping the remaining batter refrigerated.)

3.Cool in the pan for several minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.  Dust with powdered sugar, for garnish.

très bon vendredi à tous, Leeann x

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

dreaming of far away places...

photo from here

I blame French television as they seem to be obsessed with Egypt at present. Last night we watched Tut starring Ben Kingsley  and as a result I have been thinking about Egypt.

I last visited Egypt 10 years ago whilst living in Dubai and loved both Cairo and Alexandria.

Alexandria was full of French antiques and I purchased a fabulous chandelier whilst shopping as one does...

Unfortunately I did not have time to visit Luxor but I am planning to do so on my next visit along with a cruise on the Nile.

French boyfriend still needs convincing but I am sure that after watching a few more programs he will want to visit...

Back to dreaming I go, Leeann x




Monday, 18 April 2016

H&M Home...


I am loving the H&M home range as they have some fabulous items for the house and they are well priced.

Last week I ordered 3 of these coloured glass vases and love the idea of coloured glass.

I also ordered a set of small clear glass vases which are perfect for displaying single flowers.


Spring is in the air and there is nothing nicer than having lovely fresh flowers in the house. I am now off to do some spring cleaning as we have lots of lovely sunshine today and there is a slight breeze in the air.

Bon lundi et très bonne semaine à tous, Leeann x

Friday, 15 April 2016

vendredi fleurs...

Bonjour mes belles,

Merci à Kayo, my gorgeous Japanese friend for these beauties.
The lilacs smell amazing and I have placed them in the hall. Makes me wish I had a jardin...

Wishing you  all a vendredi fabuleuse, Leeann x

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Look what I found...


....a fabulous vintage sunburst mirror.  The problem is that I am thinking of having a group of them above the sofa, hence I now need to find a few more....

photo from here


I am not sure whether finding the mirror was a good thing as I have a feeling that the few extra that I need will be costly but fingers crossed I find some at a good price.

Off hunting I must go.....

à demain, Leeann x