I went out looking for Valentines goodies to put in the February Paris Sketch letter. Found some doozies including French recipe cards, very excited. This stunning cake is in Dalloyau's window.
Le Grand Epicerie has Love jam waiting for you made of strawberries and champagne!
Next door Bon Marche's windows are full of pink flamingos, some dropping their shorts...ahem.
They have a promotion with The Webster Miami. Who knew? Pink flamingos everywhere.
On rue du Bac, chocolatier Chapon is in a flamingo state of mind.
Is this little French girl getting ready for Saint-Valentin?
Next door an over-the-top love birds window.
The day before yesterday, I left the house at 8:00 AM to join cooking teacher Charlotte Puckette at her marche Grenelle by 9:00 AM. We had a ball. Charlotte knows what every cow, goat and sheep in France ate for breakfast. And why and when you should buy their cheese, milk or meat. Pretty impressive visiting Paris markets with her.
Then we made a fish 'bone' broth, which by the way is the new hot, hot food for 2015. Alert: bone broth of any species is IN PBers. Throw out your bouillon cubes. Run to the butcher. More to come. Check out Karen Wheelers book on what Marie-Antoinette ate. M-A was a big bone broth eater.
The end result was
This gorgeous Tunisian fish soup from Charlotte's The Ethnic Paris Cookbook (page 30).
Followed by a chocolat fondant with crème Anglais.
More to come on cooking with Charlotte Puckette and bone broth soon, I promise.
Yesterday I was inspired to get up early and go out to my own marche Bastille by 9:30. Yahoo. Every Thursday/Sunday I have the best of intentions and never make it.
But Charlotte has shown me the way. Visiting Paris' marches is an upper better than pills or sun lamps. Full of color, conversations and enticing smells. A Don't-Miss in Paris and Free.
These early birds share freshly-shucked oysters. Do go before the crowds ascend.
Alert: there are new bus shelters going up all over town.
They must have elves working at night.
Another Alert: I got invited to Opening Night at the Brussels Salon du Chocolat - an opp not to be missed. More to come on this.
Bon Weekend PBers !