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French food Friday...Robert Linxe’s Chocolate Truffles (La Maison du Chocolat)

Bonjour mes belles,

I never understood the popularity of chocolate truffles until I tried a dark chocolate truffle from La Maison du Chocolat.

I took a small bite of the plain, cocoa dusted truffle and let it melt in my mouth......I was in chocolate heaven.

A month or so ago, I received a lovely surprise in the post, a friend who is also one of the best chefs that I know, sent me "The loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris" paper back, written by the very witty Jenny Colgan, which once I started, I found it hard to put down and whilst reading I could almost smell the chocolate......

Hence this week's recipe involves chocolate.....sorry to anyone that does not like chocolate!

Robert Linxe’s Chocolate Truffles (La Maison du Chocolat)
Gourmet, February 2001
Makes about 60 truffles (Do not double the recipe).
11 ounces Valrhona chocolate (56% cacao)
2/3 cup heavy cream
Valrhona cocoa powder for dusting

Finely chop 8 ounces of the chocolate and put in a bowl. Bring heavy cream to a boil…

new arrival...

 Bonjour mes belles, It was a busy morning at the new shop but I managed to snap a quick photo of one of French Boyfriend's latest finds. A fabulous Louis style capitonné chair which I think would look fabulous when teamed with a desk or dressing table. Another of his tresors, is this fabulous holder with state of Napoleon which was used to hold matches. I could not resist taking a photo of another of his items for sale, a fabulous and very French parclose mirror. It would look fabulous anywhere in the house. Speaking of houses, I had better get back to work...... à la prochaine, Leeann x 

une nouvelle semaine...

Photo from here    Bonjour mes belles, Another busy weekend which saw French Boyfriend hunting for tresors whilst I stayed at Maison No. 20 and looked after guests. He returned with a few goodies which I am hoping to photograph tomorrow. In the meantime I am in the mood for playing hide and seek......and let's just say I will not be the one seeking :-) très belle semaine à tous, Leeann x

bon week-end à tous...

je vous souhaite un bon week-end à tous et à lundi.... Leeann x

French Food Friday...madeleines au chocolat

recipe and photo from here
150 g ofchocolate
125 g butter
150g sugar
5 eggs
150gof flour.

Meltthe chocolate with thebutter.
Separatethe whites andyolksintwodishes
Beat the sugar andthe egg yolksuntil themixture becomes palethen add themelted chocolate.
Beat the egg whites until stiff. 
When the mixtureis combined, gently fold in the egg whites.
Place the mixture ina greasedmadeleine tin andcook for 10minutes at 200° Ctaking careto preheat the ovenbefore..wait a few minutesbefore removing from pan...

bonne degustation, Leeann x


Photo from here
Bonjour mes belles,

It is 8h in the morning here and we are going through our list of things that need to be done today.

One of my tasks is to paint a couple of items of furniture and this photo is exactly what I need to kick start me into action. Love those doors and the colour is fabulous and very French.

Off to work I must go, très bonne journée à tous....Leeann x

week-end tresors...


I hope that you all had a fabulous weekend. Here it was a lovely sunny weekend so we managed to get a lot done and yesterday we spent the morning hunting for treasure.

One of my favourite finds was the antique cake server that you see in the photo above.

It comes complete with fabulous box which is very decorative in itself.....

The handle is made from sterling silver and the serving part is made from metal. It is beautifully accented on the front of the serving part with Acanthus Leaf design. 
The handle is exquisitely done in the Rococo style. Beautiful Scrolls and Swirls with Lattice design accents can be seen.
From the same antique dealer came this antique silver and vermeil sauce/gravy server. These are rare to find and it is even rarer to find one in it's original box.

Both these pieces are stunning and I think that make for lovely and unusual gifts. 
Next up is a vintage style key cabinet which is perfect if you want something that is petite and does not take a great deal …

mes belles...

Bonsoir mes belles,

It is lovely and sunny here and looks like we are in for a hot and sunny weekend....which is perfect as we have lots of outdoor activities planned....picnic by the river, hunting for antiques and perhaps a spot of painting.

Where ever you are, what ever your plans are, here's wishing you all a très bon week-end.... Leeann x

french food friday...Crumble Renversé à la Mangue

Coucou mes amies,

It's already Friday and as promised here is the recipe for the dessert that I devoured at the fabulous restaurant, we went to last Saturday night.
Crumble Renversé à la Mangue
For 4 people

150 gbiscuits (any plain biscuits will do)
50g flour
50 gof brown sugar
100 g butter - melted
3-4passion fruit
25g butter
1 vanilla pod
2g  gelatine
pistachios andpomegranate seeds for garnish (optional)

Crush the biscuits.

Mix together the crushed biscuits,  flour, brown sugar and melted butter.

Place the mixture into the bottom of6pastry ringsplaced on an oventray coveredwith baking paper.

Bake10 minutesin preheated180° oven

Removeand let cool.

Cut themangointo cubesandcook inapan over low heatwith the butter, add the gelatine, sugar andvanillapodand letcook over low heat, untilmangoesare soft.

Mix thepulp ofpassion fruitand strainandaddafter cooking.

Addthe mixture into thepastrycircleand chill.

Garnish withpistachiosandpomegranate seeds.

Serve with a scoopof vanilla ice cream.


new arrivals...

Bonjour from a hot SW France,

It is indeed the perfect weather for a nice cold glass of champagne, hence these champagne buckets may come in handy.

You will find them in the new arrivals section and more items will be added during the rest of today and tomorrow.

à demain, Leeann x


photo from here Bonjour mes belles, Another busy weekend and I think that the week is going to be more of the same. Busy and yet peaceful as I left my laptop at home and where we were staying there is no mobile phone reception, a rare and welcome change for both of us. Saturday night was spent at a fabulous restaurant situated in the middle of wilderness and yet it was full, hence we were told off when we turned up out of the blue and agreed that next time we would reserve a table beforehand. I will tell you more come Friday when I tell you all about the fabulous  dessert that I devoured in record time.....not a dessert that was easily shared as I wanted to eat all of it but had to give FB a wee taste. A few treasures were found yesterday but left all at the other shop so I will take some photos tomorrow as it is open then. Speaking of treasures, I just had to share this photo as it is definitely my type of space, love the chandelier, chair, fur throw and lots of lovely white space.........…

french food friday...spinach and bacon quiche

Bonjour from a still sunny and hot SW France,
This week's recipe  comes direct from ma cuisine  and was made as a result of having too much spinach in the house and having to use it as it was getting a bit past it's best.
End result a very yummy quiche which French boyfriend adored and prospective French guests were impressed by as when they arrived I had my apron on and there was a lovely smell wafting out  of the kitchen. I had made bread in the morning followed by the quiche so French Boyfriend was most impressed by this burst of domestic goddess like activity.....   I hope that you enjoy it as much as we did.  Spinach and Bacon QuicheIngredients
6 large eggs, beaten 1 1/2 cups heavy cream Salt and pepper 2 cups chopped fresh baby spinach, packed 250 grams bacon, cooked and crumbled 1 1/2 cups shredded Swiss cheese 1 packet ready made pastry
DirectionsPreheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Combine the eggs, cream, salt, and pepper in a food processor or blender. Layer the spinach, …

wishful thinking...

photo from here Bonjour mes belles,
Just taking a quick break from cleaning windows. The sun is shining here but this is not helping a great deal as the sun appears to show every streak... 
I could not resist sharing this stunning photo with you, love all the gorgeous roses and are hoping to buy a couple of the climbing variety to plant against the walls of our house.
I had better get back to the windows while the sun is still shining......
très bonne journée à tous, Leeann x


Bonsoir mes belles,

It has been a fabulous day here with lots of lovely sunshine.

We went for a walk late this afternoon and look what we found, three lovely new baby swans or as they are called in French cygnets.

They are adorable and I cannot believe how close that we got to them without their mother biting us.

Isn't Mother Nature the best thing in life, she never ceases to surprise me.....
amicalement, Leeann x

week-end tresor?!

Bonjour from a very sunny SW France,

Looks like we are in for a week of sunshine so it will great to get a few outdoor type jobs done such as painting, cleaning windows etc.

For some reason or another yesterday, French boyfriend bet me to most of the treasure hence it was he that found the fabulous chandelier, stunning late 18th century fire dogs and fabulous Napoleon III style mannequin with the wasp style waist.

As you can see from the photos, the fabric  that covers her torso is beyond saving so I am  tossing up between finding someone that can recover her in a similar fabric or hoping that the newspapers that lie underneath the fabric and the wool lining are in good enough condition to save and expose or add a few pieces should they have deteriorated with age.

Should anyone out there be a dab hand in recovering mannequins and feel like giving me a hand, please drop me a line....

On Saturday we went to visit a friend that is selling their chateau hence I came home with a couple of treas…

I wish that I was ...

photo from here ....floating around in space. It has been one of those day's and I would happily trade today for floating around in space.....anyone want to join me? Leeann x 

Love this quote...

Photo from bibi's gorgeous blog
Merci to Bibi for sharing this fabulous quote which apears on the wall in a cafe in her native Italy. You can read more about the cafe here.
très bon week-end à tous, Leeann x