Thursday, 30 July 2015

felling naughty...

photo from here

I was talking to our guests about macarons  and how delicious they are. I am particularly fond of the caramel à la fleur de sel ones made by Ladurée.

Afterwards I was feeling a bit hungry so just happened upon the fabulous Ladurée website and there I found all of my favourites and that they could be delivered within 48 hours.

48 hours seems like a very long time to wait....

à demain, Leeann x

Monday, 27 July 2015

say hello/dit bonjour...



Bonjour mes belles,

I hope that you had a fabulous weekend. Ours involved a visit to a fabulous manoir in the country where French Boyfriend provided estimations on some of the contents and at the same time, reserved a few fabulous items for the shop.

Whilst we was there I bought a couple of Louis XVI style chairs which I plan to recover in Autumn. I have put them in the grenier out of the way for now.

Speaking of recovering, I have started work on the chair that I bought on the 14th and this chair is an antique as opposed to a copy. I love the quality of the wood and the workmanship in general, they certainly do not make things like they used to.

After a few hours of removing old tacks and dusty old fabric, this is how she looks...she is fabulous and very French.


 
This is the fabric that I have chosen but I am not sure that I have enough for the double piping so I am going to order another metre this morning.
 




Wishing you all une semaine fabuleuse......Leeann x


Friday, 24 July 2015

French Food Friday...Soufflé au Chocolat


recipe and photo from here

It has been a bit of a sad week for me and I am in the mood for some chocolate.

I prefer this delicate soufflé to the more traditional flour version as it is light and fluffy and testes heavenly. As for French Boyfriend, he likes anything sweet, he is French after all.
 
 
Flourless Chocolate Soufflé (Soufflé au Chocolat)
 
serves 3-4

Ingredients

3 tbsp. milk
5 12 tbsp. sugar, plus additional for dusting soufflé dish
4 oz. semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
2 egg yolks
3 egg whites
Confectioners' sugar

Instructions

Preheat oven to 375°. Place milk and 4 tbsp. sugar in a small saucepan and stir over medium-low heat until sugar dissolves, about 45 seconds. Stir in chocolate and cook until melted, 1–2 minutes.
 
Transfer to a nonreactive bowl (glass or stainless steel), cool for 5 minutes, then beat in egg yolks.
Beat egg whites in a nonreactive bowl until foamy, then sprinkle in remaining sugar, beating until stiff peaks form.
 
Butter a small soufflé dish (2 12" deep, 6'' diameter; soufflé will not rise in a larger dish) or three to four smaller ramekins, then lightly dust with sugar. Gently mix one-third of the egg whites into chocolate mixture, then fold in remaining whites, one-third at a time. Do not overmix. Spoon batter into dish.
 
Make sure oven rack is low enough to allow soufflé room to rise as much as 2'' above the dish. Bake until puffed, about 25 minutes. Dust with confectioners' sugar and serve immediately. (Soufflé will begin to deflate after about 2 minutes.)
 
très bon vendredi à tous, Leeann x

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

time for some zebra...



photo from here
 
 
Bonjour from a still sunny SW France,
 
Despite the heat, I am in the mood for some zebra. I have decided to recover the antique Louis XVI chair that I purchased recently in some faux zebra fabric. I ordered the fabric last night but now am hoping that I have ordered enough...
 
The chair is for the bedroom in Maison No. 26 as it needs a bit of a wow type chair and I feel that I have enough taupe in the bedroom.
 
photo from here
 
I love the fact that zebra works in both classic and contemporary setting and the photo above is the one that said okay let's do it.
 
French Boyfriend was not sure when I mentioned the idea to him but after seeing the photo he said "okay".
 
I cannot wait to start work...
 
très bonne semaine à tous, Leeann x
 
 


Saturday, 18 July 2015

bonjour le week-end...



Bonjour mes belles,

It is going to be sunny and warm here this week-end and there are lots of events on this weekend.

For wine lovers there is a wine fair in the nearby village of sigoules, those of you that love shopping there is a basket fair taking place in the charming medieval village of Issigeac and lots of vide greniers and brocantes for the antique lovers out there.

As we are stocked up on wine, already have a basket or 6, we will be visiting a few of the brocantes hoping to find some tresors....

bon week-end à tous, Leeann x

Friday, 17 July 2015

French Food Friday...Raspberry Clafoutis


 
photo and recipe from here


I am not sure about you but I love raspberries and if there is a choice between raspberries and strawberries, I would pick raspberries. They are my weakness and I have been known to eat all in one sitting hence they do not hang around long  chez nous.

Not sure I am that keen on the actual word raspberry, I prefer the French version Frambroise as it is a lovely word. Most things do sound better in French, just don't tell the Frennch that otherwise they will get big headed. Let's keep it a secret entre nous.

This is a lovely dessert and one that I like to make for dinner parties.

 
Raspberry Clafoutis

Ingredients

1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
Salt
3 large eggs
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
Finely grated zest of 1 lemon
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons milk
1 1/2 pints raspberries (3 cups)
Confectioners' sugar, for dusting


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°. Butter a 9-inch gratin dish. In a bowl, whisk the flour, sugar and a pinch of salt. Whisk in the eggs, butter and lemon zest until smooth. Add the milk and whisk until light and very smooth, about 3 minutes. Pour the batter into the gratin dish and top with the raspberries.
  2. Bake for about 30 minutes, until the clafoutis is set and golden. Let cool slightly. Dust with confectioners' sugar, cut into wedges and serve.
très bonne fin de semaine, Leeann x
 

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Party time...



Bonjour mes belles,

This post is a bit later than I anticipated as we spent the first couple of hours searching for treasures at a couple of local vide greniers. In the middle of one vide grenier was a local man selling lots of peaches, apricots, nectarines and melons. Fortunately I had my shopping basket with me so retuned with a car full of delicious local stone fruit.

I was lucky enough to find a Louis xvi chair which is the real thing and not a copy so my plan is to recover this and use it in the bedroom at Maison No.26.

Apologies for the lack of photos but it is going to be another busy one for us with guests arriving this afternoon and then tonight we are hosting an intimate dinner party for friends then we will stroll down to the river to watch the firework display.

Weather here is lovely and sunny, perfect for today's celebrations.

Bon 14 juillet à tous, Leeann x