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Shop update...

Bonjour mes belles,

I cannot believe that it is the last day of September but I am looking forward to the next three months are they are my favourite months of the year.

My plan for today is to update the shop with a few treasures, some of which are shown below.....

First up is this fabulous pair of vintage silhouette prints which are adorable and would look great in just about any room of the house. You will find details here.

Next up is this pair of candle holders which feature a very intricate grape design and would look great with chunky style candles resting in them.

Another new addition is this pair of vintage candelabras which are heavy in weight and very decorative......

Speaking of decorative, this vintage French Charlotte Gateau tin would look adorable hanging on a kitchen wall......

This set of numbered hooks lends itself to a number of users, you could use them to hang coats, tea towels, hats or even as room numbers......

There are also some antique napkins, which I have yet to ph…

French Food Friday...Tarte à la poire et au mascarpone

photo and recipe from here

Bonjour mes belles,

I hope you have all had a fabulous week, ours has been a hot and busy one.

It is that time of the year in SW France when there is an abundance of fruit and the biggest decision that we face is what to make and I am one of those people that loves to try a new recipe as opposed to making the same thing over and over again.

This week's recipe contains two ingredients that I love, pears and mascarpone and a third that I am fond of.....ready made pastry! Why make it when the pastry that you can buy here tastes as good, if not better than the home made version.

Speaking of versions, the French version of the recipe is followed by the English version.

Tarte à la Poire et au Mascarpone Ingrédients1 rouleau de pâte à tarte brisée 3 poires 150 gr de mascarpone 2 œufs 1 c à soupe d’amande hachée 1 c à soupe de sucre semoule 1 c à soupe de sucre glace 1 c à soupe de jus de citron Préchauffez le four th 6 ( 180°)
Garnissez un moule rectangulaire avec la …

fabulous idea....

photo from here Bonjour from a sunny and hot SW France, Long may this fabulous sunny weather continue! As many of you know I have an armoire just like this which I have hang clothes in but this could be a better solution as mine does not fit a lot of clothes in and takes the surplus from my bulging walk in wardrobe. I think that this is a better use for mine as like most women I have a lot of shoes whereas French Boyfriend has only a few pairs....note to self, do not forget to take FB shoe shopping....trouble is that in the time that it takes him to pick a pair I can buy a few pairs of shoes... à demain mes belles, Leeann x  

très bonne semaine à tous...

Bonjour from a very sunny SW France,

The forecast is for lots of sun, so I have a feeling that it is going to be a fabulous week here in SW France.

Wishing you all a semainefabuleuse, Leeann x

French Food Friday...Pear, goat’s cheese and walnut tartine

recipe and photo from here

This weeks recipe is coutesy of Gordon Ramsey who says

"I spent three years working in Paris and it opened my eyes to how exciting an open sandwich could be. While friends back home were tucking into jam sandwiches for their tea, I was revelling in wonderful tartines like this. Don’t even think of spoiling your lovely goat’s cheese or ripe pears with cheap bread. Now is the time to splash out on a lovely sourdough or crusty French baguette".

Pear, goat’s cheese and walnut tartine
1 baguette or small sourdough loafolive oil, for griddling2 pears, eg Williams, quartered, cored and thinly sliced150g (5oz) French goat’s cheese, eg crottin, soft or ripe, cut into the same number of slices as the pearsfreshly ground black pepper4 tbsp walnuts, roughly chopped or crumbled
❶ Preheat the grill on its highest setting.
❷ If using a baguette, slice it in half across the middle and trim off the very ends. Slice each half into 4 pieces to give 8 …

Love this photo...

As you know I have a things about owls so I am really loving this
fabulous photo from Mulberry......

The owls are alive, click here to watch the video of the Mulberry Autumn Winter 2013 campaign.

amicalement, Leeann x

Trip to the Loire...Final Part

Bonjour mes belles,
On the last night of our stay, we visited the evening. For me it was the highlight of our trip.
The chateau looked stunning lit up at night as the lights reflected onto the river and  with the music playing, the ambiance was out of this world.
So dreamy and romantic, the  shadow and light show on the castle walls was amazing and I did not want to leave.....

We really enjoyed the time that we spent in the Loire and are planning a return trip as there are so many things to see and do in this beautiful area of France.

à très bientot, Leeann x

Trip to the Loire....Part 5

Bonjour from a rainy SW France,

We awoke to rain this morning but I am not complaining as it is the perfect excuse for getting cosy. 

We continue with part 5 of our trip to the Loire.

Chateau de Cheverny is a must see when you visit the Loire Valley.

A little history about the Chateau....

The lands were purchased by Henri Hurault, comte de Cheverny, a lieutenant-general and military treasurer for Louis XI, whose descendent the marquis de Vibraye is the present owner.
Lost to the Crown because of fraud to the State, it was donated by King Henri II to his mistress Diane de Poitiers. However, she preferred Château de Chenonceau and sold the property to the former owner's son, Philippe Hurault, who built the château between 1624 and 1630, to designs by the sculptor-architect of Blois, Jacques Bougier, who was trained in the atelier of Salomon de Brosse, and whose design at Cheverny recalls features of the Palais du Luxembourg. The interiors were completed by the daughter of Henri Hurau…

Trip to the Loire...Part 4

Bonjour mes belles,
I hope that you have had a good week. Continuing on with the photos from our trip to the lovely Loire Valley......
In the last post you saw the exterior of the Chateau Royal de Blois, today you are going to see some shots of the interior.
First of all, a bit about the Chateau and it's thousand years of history..... The first castle of Blois was built during the IXth century and was a favorite residence for many of the Kings of France. A residence for the Counts of Blois, the Dukes of Orleans, the Kings and Queens of France, and several princes in exile, the Royal Château of Blois is haunted by the memory of all the illustrious hosts lived here. Among these renowned figures are several counts of Blois who led the Crusades and the prince poet Charles d’Orléans. In 1429, Joan of Arc came in the château to have her banner blessed.
Beginning with Louis XII, who was born in Blois in 1462, the château became the favorite residence of the kings of France for more…

French Food Friday...Apples Baked in Pastry with Plum Sauce

recipe and photo from here
Bonjour mes belles,

It has been all go at this end so please excuse the lack of posts this week.

These apple pastries can be prepared using 2 pounds of thawed frozen all-butter puff pastry or if you prefer you can make your own pastry.

3 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons sugar
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 stick plus 7 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut in small pieces
1 large egg
1 large egg yolk
1/2 cup plus 3 tablespoons ice water
6 Golden Delicious apples, cored
Three 3-inch cinnamon sticks, broken in half
1 large egg, beaten with 1 tablespoon of water
Plum Sauce
2 1/4 pounds Italian prune plums, or other red or black plums, pitted and cut into 1/2-inch wedges
1/2 cup sugar
2 tablespoons Armagnac

In a large bowl, whisk the flour with the sugar and salt. Using a pastry blender, cut in the butter until the mixture resembles coarse meal. In a small bowl, whisk the egg with the egg yolk, then whisk in the water. Drizzle the egg over the…

Trip to the Loire - Part 3

Bonjour mes belles,

I cannot believe that it has been a week now since we left the lovely Loire valley. Continuing on with the tour.....

As you can see from the above photo, day 2 of our trip started with clear sky. We headed for the town of Blois as we wanted to visit the The Royal Château de Blois which is situated in the centre of town. 
First stop, cafe as French Boyfriend always needs an expresso or two, to wake him up.

Fortunately we found a cafe situated just below the chateau.....

 The fabulous facade of the chateau, as you can see by the photo; we arrived early hence the need for expresso by FB....

 I found him, near the entrance to the chateau, fabulous and very French.....not sure that he will fit in the car though.

Detailed shot of the stunning facade of the chateau....

The Royal Château de Blois was the residence of several French Kings and was the place where Joan of Arc went in 1429 to be blessed by the Archbishop of Reims before departing with her army to drive the Englis…