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French Food Friday....Red Wine and Chocolate Cake

recipe and photo from here

Bonjour mes belles,

This week's recipe is one that contains red wine and chocolate and the end result is a fabulous cake that I think Marie Antoinette would have been proud of....note I have had to prise the bottle out of French Boyfriend's hand as I by mistake used a bottle of his best red, the first time that I tried out this recipe, enough said on this matter.

Red Wine and Chocolate Cake Ingredients
Cake:18 Tbsp. unsalted butter at room temperature, plus more for greasing 2 1/4 cups packed dark brown sugar 3/4 cup granulated sugar 4 large eggs, at room temperature 1 large egg yolk 2 1/4 cups red wine 1 Tbsp. vanilla extract 3 cups plus 2 Tbsp. all-purpose flour 1 1/2 cups Dutch-process cocoa powder 3/8 tsp. baking soda 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder 3/4 tsp. ground cinnamon 3/4 tsp. salt Frosting:24 ounces cream cheese (three 8-ounce boxes), at room temperature 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter, at room temperature 2 tsp. vanilla extract 3 1/2 cups confectioner…

one day...

photo from here

I hope to have a dressing area just like this...dreams are free and I am, after all is said and done, a dreamer.
Leeann x

a favourite of mine...

photo from here

Blue is a colour that I love, whether it be blue eyes, blue denim jeans, blue sky, blue sea.....I could go on and on as the list is endless. Such a magical colour which conjures up so many beautiful images and I was particularly attracted to this photo with its fabulous French style chair and shabby yet chic blue painted commode.  

Is it a favourite of yours? Dites moi....
Leeann x

curled up with a good book..

Bonjour mes belles,

I hope that you are all having a nice weekend. Today it is chilly and rainy, perfect for curling up with a good book. 

The book is called Secrets d'interieurs and is really is a beautiful and most inspiring book and is a "must buy" for those of you that love French decoration and the way that the French display their prized objects....

As you can see from the above photo, it has many stunning photos and is one of those books that you cannot put down. And on that note, it is back to reading I must go....

très bon week-end à tous, Leeann x

French Boyfriend's Favourite...Boeuf à la Guinness

photo and recipe from Home food, Murdoch books
Bonjour mes belles,

This week's recipe is not French but a favourite of French Boyfriends and since our local butcher asked me for the recipe, I have a feeling that the French will soon be adopting this as their own...Boeuf à la Guinness has a nice sound to it. Note the translation into French for our local butcher took me longer than it does to make it.

This recipe is easy but a little  time-consuming but  I guarentee that its very delicious.

    (serves 4)

    2tbsp oil
    1 kg chuck steak, cubed
    2 onions, chopped
    1 garlic clove, crushed
    2 tsp brown sugar
    2 tsp plain flour
    125 ml Guiness (1/2 cup)
    375 ml beef stock (1and 1/2 cups)
    1 bay leaf 2 sprigs thyme
    1 celeriac
    1 potato, cubed
    250 ml milk
    1 tbsp butter
    4 slices baguette, toasted
    1 tsp dijon mustard

    put the oven on to 180*C

    1- heat half of the oil in a frying pan and fry the meat until its browne…

busy painting...

Bonjour mes belles,

I hope that you are having a fabulous week. Ours is being spent on getting our new shop ready and of course it involves painting, in one form or another. 

Guy has been busy painting the front door and also the background of the sign, for the facade of the shop and I have been busy painting furniture. I much prefer painting furniture but lets keep that entre nous.

We will be open tomorrow, the address is: 

No.1 Antiquites et Decoration
 1 Quai de la Navigation,
24500 Eymet 

à demain, Leeann

I adore tulips...

Tulips make me happy, I do not know what it is about them but they have a magical allure and it is for that reason that I adore them.Love the colour of these ones that French Boyfriend bought me at the weekend, they work really well with the grey coloured walls of our new dining room.

This post is later than usual as it has been one of those whirl wind days with everything happening at the same time hence I am about to open a nice bottle of red of the joys of living in a region reknown for its wine, there is always plenty to choose from.

très bonne semaine à tous, Leeann x

French Food Friday...Caramel Rice Pudding Recipe

recipe and photo from here
Bonjour mes belles,

I love rice and caramel is also a favourite of mine, so this recipe has my name on it...

Caramel Rice Pudding Recipe

Level of Difficulty:
Prep Time:
30 minutes

Servings: 20
Rice pudding
1 cup short-grain pudding rice
1 vanilla pod
3 3/4 cups milk
3/4 cups caster (superfine) sugar
pinch of salt
3 egg yolks
1/4 cup butter
Caramel sauce
3/4 cup light soft brown sugar
scant 1 cup double (heavy) cream

    Bring a small saucepan of water to a boil, add the rice and cook it for 2 minutes. Strain and set aside.
    Split the vanilla pod in half lengthways and scrape out the seeds. Place the pod and seeds in a large saucepan with the milk, sugar and salt and heat to a gentle simmer. Pour in the rice and stir well. Cover and simmer for 30–40 minutes, stirring occasionally to make sure the rice doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pan. Remove from the heat when all the liquid is absorbed and the rice is tender.
    Remove the vanilla pod. …

progress on our new boutique; No. 1...

Bonjour from a grey SW France,

It is perfect weather for painting and I have quite a lot of it to do. We have been busy getting our new shop ready and I thought that I would share a few photos with you. It is slowly coming together and I am loving the lightness of the shop even on a grey day.....

In the background of this photo you can just make out a few of the items going being transformed with one of my favourtite colours, a lovely blueish of finished products to follow later in the week.

Louis XIII canape with wall sconces and a fabulous parclose mirror, I love them as do a lot of our clients hence they always sell quickly.

The shop is a large industrial style space which Guy is filling full of antiques and I have taken an alcove which I am making cosy and it is now the new home for Fabulously French

As you can see from this photo, the light is amazing even on an overcast  day.....

à demain, Leeann x

new dining room...

Bonjour mes belles,
Hope that you all had a nice weekend and that those of you in the US affected by the very cold spell, are staying cosy and safe.
Yesterday was spent moving stock out of my wee boutique into our new shop and the end result is that we now have a dining room. last night we christened our new dining space by inviting friends over for dinner and to say that it all came together at the last minute was an understatement. I was up a ladder painting in the new shop at 6pm and 10 minutes later was piling cartons of stock out of the "would be" dining room into the car.
Fast forward 50 minutes later to a much different scene, table laid, music playing and nice cold bottle of champagne awaiting our arrival.
I am still looking for some a dresser and a small desk but plan to take my time looking for these items until I find exactly what I am looking for.

So in a nutshell that is how I spent my Sunday, how did you spend yours? Dites moi....

amicalement, Leeann x

bon week-end à tous...

Where ever you are, what ever you are doing,  très bon week-end à tous....
amicalement, Leeann x

French Food Friday...Spinach, Ricotta and Parmesan Tart

photo and recipe from here

Bonjour mes belles,
I hope that you have all had a fabulous week. Here in SW France it has been warm but the weather is set to return to normal next week. This week there was an abundance of spinach on the market stands so I was very happy when I found this recipe on my favourite food blog.

Spinach, Ricotta and Parmesan Tart Pastry: 1 1/2 cups flour 100g butter, chilled, chopped 1/3 cup grated parmesan 1 egg yolk 3 tbsp chilled water
Filling: 1050g frozen spinach, defrosted, drained in a colander and squeezed dry (I substituted Fresh and it worked well) 4 eggs 2 egg yolks 250g fresh ricotta 2/3 cup grated parmesan 1/2 cup cream good grinding black pepper and sprinkle of sea salt good grating fresh nutmeg
For the pastry, pulse the flour, butter and parmesan in a food processor until the mix resembles fine bread crumbs. Add egg yolk and water and pulse to combine. Tip out onto the bench and press together into a dough round. Wrap in glad wrap and chill in the fridge for at …

love this room...

photos from here
How gorgeous is this room? It is part of a small hotel located in Sicily, each room is stunning.

We watched a programme about the history of the Roman empire last night which must have had an effect on me. Love Rome and Sicily and this maybe just the push that I need to return......

If you want to see more photos of this lovely hotel, click here.

As for me, it is back to packing boxes I must go, it appears to be a never ending task.

à demain, Leeann x

fabulous and very inspiring...

photo from here

Bonjour mes belles,

I am sure that some of you have heard about Patricia Atkinson, an English lady who bought a vineyard in teh region and despite the odds, managed to produce some of the best wine in France.

You can learn a little about her story by watching this fabulous short film.

Just an inspiring story that we can all learn a lot from, no matter where we live in the world.

très bonne semaine à tous, Leeann

an interesting find...

Bonjour mes belles,

I hope that you all had a fabulous weekend. Ours was spent shifting stock into the new boutique and I have a feeling that is a lot more of this to come. We have two garages full of stock and this combined with a lot of boxes that arrived from a chateau in Normandy, is resulting in space issues and we thought that we would have trouble filling what we initially thought, was a large space. 

One of the first items that I unwrapped was the fabulous antique benitier that you see in the photos above and below. 

It is the first that I have ever come across from Notre Dame de la Delivrande and it is not an subject that I am familiar with so I searched on the internet and this is what I found......

The Tradition:
It says that the first chapel of Our Lady of Deliverance was built by St. Regnobert in the 3rd century. The saint was the closest disciple and successor of St. Exupère, the first evangelizer and bishop of the area. It is said that while Regnobert and his parents we…

French food friday...Vanilla-caramel éclairs with chocolate glaze

photo and recipe from here

Bonjour mes belles,

I hope that you are having a fabulous start in 2014. Mine has started with putting lots of items into boxes along with a domain name that is not working....enough said but if anyone wishes to purchase anything from fabulously french, please use the link on the right hand side of my blog.

We are kicking 2014 with one of Guy's favourites, he adores eclairs and the more imperfect looking, the better they taste according to him.
Vanilla-caramel éclairs with chocolate glaze

Ingredients165 gm (¾ cup) caster sugar140 gm dark chocolate (55% cocoa solids), finely chopped70 ml pouring cream
Vanilla-caramel crème pâtissière
220 gm (1 cup) caster sugar450 ml milk1 vanilla bean, split, seeds scraped5 egg yolks45 gm cornflour60 ml (¼ cup) thickened cream, whisked to soft peaksChoux pastry
75 gm butter, coarsely chopped110 gm plain flour3 eggs
For vanilla-caramel crème pâtissière, stir 150gm sugar and 80ml water in a saucepan over medium-high heat unt…