Un voyage dans le Paris de la Belle Époque sur les pas de Marcel Proust, à la recherche d’un temps perdu…
What is the first thing you think of when you say Marcel Proust?
- Yes…and that is what I am going to try to make!
- Recipe is in La Petite Cuisine à Paris, page 88
- Madeleines à la crème de citron
In three easy steps:
- Kitchen Aid (…if you have one) : mix eggs and sugar until frothy and pale yellow
- Bowl nr 1: sieve flour and baking powder then add the zest of 1 lemon
- Large bowl nr 2: mix milk with cooled melted butter then
- …add flour mixture is 2 parts.
- Let batter cool if fridge for a few hours or overnight.
- The recipe is in La Peitie Cuisine à Paris by R. Khoo, pg 88.
- I was up early this morning and baked the little cakes.
- Just 1 level tablespoon is enough batter in each form.
- You have to stay near the oven because these delicacies
- …bake quickly and you don’t want to burn them!
- Makes: 42 madeleines
- NOTE: this is the strangest recipe because you have to ‘manipulate the oven’.
- 190 C (375 F) – bake madeleines for 5 minutes
- turn OFF oven for 1 minute
- turn oven ON reduce temp to 160 C (320 F) – bake for 5 min
I made some French Strawberry Shortcake with a mixture of
Fraises au basilic et au citron
- 500 gr strawberries
- 1 TB lemon juice + zest of 1 lemon
- Sugar (..to your own taste)
- 6 chopped 6 basil leaves
- twist of the peppermill!
Medici Fountain, Jardin du Luxembourg
- If there is one cocktail that has a
- …special place in my heart….it is Kir Royale.
- It was my first cocktail.
- I was 18 and studying in Paris for two months.
- One evening I went to La Comédie française.
- It was Molière Le Misanthrope and
- …honestly…I didn’t understand much of it.
- But later I went to a café with friends and met ‘Kir Royale’ !
Kir Royale: sparkling wine (or champagne) + crème de cassis liqueur
- The Kir Royale—is named after Félix Kir.
- He was the mayor of Dijon who helped popularize the white-wine version of the drink.
- I’m using Joseph Cartron Crème de Cassis de Bourgogne.
- Crème de Cassis was one of Hercule Poirot’s favorite drinks!
- I’m using sparkling wine: Blanquette de Limoux instead of champagne.
- Blanquette de Limoux was first made in a Benedictine Abbey in SW France.
- This wine predates champagne and
- ….is in fact France’s oldest sparkling wine.
- Thomas Jefferson loved it, and served it to guests when he was president.
- Jefferson was America’s first oenophile.
- At his home at Monticello, his household consumed about 400 bottles of wine per year.
- All came from Europe, because in the early 19th century
- …wine grapes couldn’t yet be grown in North America.
Blanquette de Limoux:
- Limoux is the birthplace of high-quality sparkling wine production in France.
- Grape: 100% Mauzac known as blanquette due to the white coating on its leaves.
- Taste: beautiful dryness matched up with a zing of apples.
- It is a lovely glass of sparkling that’s much
- ….more interesting than any cava or prosecco.
- Jefferson insisted the wine be delivered in bottles, not casks.
- In this way the bottles were at least secure and c
- …couldn’t be watered down or filched by unscrupulous merchants or
- …thirsty crew members.
- 2/3 c sparkling wine (160 ml)
- 1 TB crème de cassis (15 ml)
- There are also those that prefer…
- 2 TB crème de cassis (30 ml) to
- 1/2 c sparkling wine (120 ml)
- ...too rich for me…but you may like it.
- Glass: champagne flute or champagne coupe
- Garnish: optional….strawberry or black berry on the rim of glass!
France’s best kept secret…wines from Languedoc!
- Elegant and easy….with just 2 ingredients.
- Taste: this Blanquette de Limoux tastes much more tart
- ..than my trusty Martini prosecco!
- It is also twice as expensive.
- The black current liqueur balances perfectly to
- …produce a unforgettable cocktail!
- I feel 18 again!
- If you have a bottle of sparkling wine in the fridge
- …you are always ready for a celebration!
- Excellent choice for a festive cocktail for
- …birthday, Christmas
- …or New Year!
- Author: E. Hemingway (1899 – 1961)
- Title: The Sun Also Rises
- Published: 1926
- Genre: novel (roman à clef )
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- Trivia: E. Hemingway was awarded Nobel Prize Literature 1954
- Trivia: This book is nr 45 Modern Library 100 Best Novels.
- Trivia: Nobel Prize Reading Challenge
- Hemingway was part of what is called the Lost Generation.
- It was a group of expatriate writers
- ….who found real meaning in nothing.
- They spent their time reveling while living in Europe.
- The title comes from the epigraph.
- Despite the despair this ‘lost generation’ feels….there is hope.
- Ecclesiastes 1:5
- “Also, the sun rises and the sun sets;
- And hastening to its place it rises there again.”
- When published in 1926, The Sun Also Rises
- …caused a bit of a stir
- among the Montparnasse expatriate crowd.
- Many of its characters were based on real people.
- Donald Ogden Stewart (character Bill Gorton )
- Harold Loeb (character Robert Cohn)
- Lady Duff Twysden (character Lady Brett Ashley)
- This book is held together by
- …the buying, mixing, having, spilling and pouring out drinks.
- In O. Laing’s book The Trip to Echo Spring she mentions
- that “Hemingway, who’d been drunk since he was fifteen
- …had put more faith in rum than conversation.” (pg 92)
- Hemingway used alcohol to
- …blot out feelings that are otherwise unbearable.
- ”A bottle of wine was good company” (pg 236)
- Drinking reflects the characters attitude.
- Brett drinks for psychological/physical pleasure.
- The Count is a connoisseur.
- Brett: “Let’s enjoy a little more of this,”
- Brett pushed her glass forward (pg 66)
- Count: The count poured very carefully.
- “There, my dear. Now you enjoy that slowly,
- and then you can get drunk” (pg 66)
- Bullfighting fascinates Hemingway.
- He describes in great detail Pedro Romero’s
- …killing of the bull.
- He faces danger with understanding and dignity
- …undaunted, grace under pressure.
- FEELINGS fascinate Hemingway.
- Everyone in that time had feelings, as they called them,
- just as everyone has “feelings” now.
- Whether Jake leaned in a cab against Georgette or
- leaned in a cab against Brett
- ….Hemingway was searching where his feelings lay!
- Georgette? Brett?
- This book is considered a classic.
- The book didn’t interest me as a whole.
- Others may swear by it and Hemingway
- …but I just like The Old Man and the Sea. 🙂
- Advice: the book should be read
- …so you can form an opinion about it.
- It is on Modern Library’s Best 100 Novels List.
- Perhaps they could have selected a book written
- later in Hemingway’s life….his writing matured.
- I can agree with Hemingway……just once!
- “You´re always drinking my dear.
- Why don´t you just talk?” (pg 65)
- The Lost Generation–living in Paris during the 1920s
- …was lost on me.
- Finished: 11.07.2018
- Genre: novel
- Rating: D
I think I’m done with Hemingway.
I don’t care if he won the Nobel Prize or not!
There are better classics waiting to be read.
- Biscuits Breton with Lemon Curd
- …topped with whipped cream
- ..meringue in photo but I prefer crème chantilly
- After dieting for 5 months
- ….it is time to bend over the saddle…and let go of the reins!
- This month during #ParisInJuly
- …I want either to
- bake, broil, braise,’buver’ (drink wine or cocktail)
- something French every day!
- I’m using La Petite Cuisine à Paris by R. Khoo. (see Amazon).
- It is time to celebrate the summer and its fruit and fresh veggies
- …..before you know it it will be winter here!
- This is a delightful cake to enjoy
- …as a special treat for 14 juillet!
- I made the lemon curd ( see post July 3)
- Now it is time to make the basic biscuits Breton.
- To assemble, place a generous tablespoon of the lemon curd
- on top of the biscuits, followed by the whipped cream.
- Oven: 170 C (330 F) – 12-15 min
- 3 egg yolks ( in photo 2 yolks…but you must use 3!)
- 125 gr softened butter
- 200 gr flour
- 100 gr sugar
- 1 tsp baking powder
- zest of 1 lemon
- pinch of salt
- WHISK butter, sugar, salt and zest until a pale yellow color
- … add yolks and continue to WHISK.
- CHANGE to DOUGH utensil
- …add flour and baking powder into batter —> MIX
- Wrap dough in cling foil.
- Chill 4 hrs or overnight
- Roll dough out to a 1/2 inch thickness
- ….and use culinary circle forms to make a perfect round biscuit!
- Don’t remove the biscuit out of the form.
- Bake the biscuit in the form on a cookie sheet
- 170 C (330 F) 12-15 min until golden.
- Ready to roll…!
- Conclusion: this recipe will make shortcakes.
- I used a biscuit cutter to make the rounds
- I cooked the biscuit in the cutter.
- Later I used the cutter again to help me layer the cake with
- lemon curd….topped with whipped cream
- If you let the cake stand…(see photo) the curd will ooze
- and cover the cake giving it an elegant look!
Still very hot in The Netherlands..
…enjoying a Crème de Cassis Spritzer!
This wine is a real treat!
- Blanquette de Limoux is considered to be
- …the first sparkling white wine produced in France.
- It was created long before the Champagne region
- …became world-renowned for the sparkling wine Champagne.
- The first textual mention of “blanquette”,
- ….from the Occitan expression for “the small white”
- appeared in 1531 in papers written by
- …Benedictine monks at an abbey in Saint-Hilaire.
- No one can say it better than the French:
- “Cette blanquette or pâle libère des bulles fines et régulières,
- ainsi que (as well as) des parfums intenses de
- poire williams et de chèvrefeuille.” (honeysuckle)
- I enjoyed this wine with Camembert cheese as aperitif and
- …later with my gratin dauphinois. (La Petite Cuisine à Paris, R. Khoo, pg 34)
- I’m trying to make as many recipes as I can from this cookbook during
- No, Daniel Day-Lewis did not appear in the movie version of Deerslayer
- …but IMO he is the best visual image I could find for
- the main character….a white scout who was raised by the Mohicans.
- Author: James Fenimore Cooper (1789-1851)
- Title: Deerslayer
- Published: 1841
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- Trivia: #ReReadChallenge
- …. Brona’s Books, I finished the book!
- Finished: 04.07.2018
- Genre: classic novel
- Rating: C
- I had to read this book in high school English class.
- You luckily were spared this torment, I hope.
- I never shrink from a challenge and pledged Brona’s Books
- …I would try to re-read a book.
- Re-reading is against my literary religion.
- So I choose the only book I have actively blocked out of my memory.
- Now I will try to see what in heaven’s name made Mr Hughs
- select this book for my senior English exam.
- I graduated….so I must have read the book somehow!
- Deerslayer and his Mohican blood-brother, Chingachgook
- stumble onto an old trapper Tom Hutter who asks for their help in
- ..protecting a crazy old man and his two daughters from a Huron assault.
- Deerslayer reluctantly agrees and meets the old
- …man on his floating fort in the middle of the river.
- The crazy codger hates Indians.
- This has brought the wrath of the Hurons down on him.
- Hutter flatters his oldest daughter (Judith) while
- …telling his youngest (Hetty) that she’s feeble-minded.
- Deerslayer has suspicions about the whole set-up.
- (no spoilers)
- There is a love triangle:
- Deerslayer – Harry March – Judith Hutter
Setting: Lake Otsego = Lake Glimmerglass in the book
Weak point: class distinction (pg 30) – not a weak point…but hard to read.
- This is what people thought in 1846:
- White is the highest color and therefore the best man.
- Black is put to live in the neighborhood of the white man
- …and fit to be made use of.
- Red comes last…those that made them never
- …expected the Indian to be accounted as more than half human.
28.06.2018 – #20BooksOfSummer #ReReadChallenge
If you buy the E-book version only choose Penguin Classic edition. Design and fonts are so important The cheaper books use a font that is ugly and embedded.
29.06.2018 – #20BooksOfSummer #ReReadChallenge
I need a good glass of Cru Bourgeois Chateau La Tour de Bessan Margaux 2010 to start The Deerslayer by J.F. Cooper. #ReReadChallenge.
Deerslayer must choose between uprightness of heart vs false pride and frontier boastfulness.
30.06.2018 – #20BooksOfSummer #ReReadChallenge
Making good progress and must read 5 chapters a day.
Busy morning in canoe with Chingachgook and Deerslayer on Glimmerglass Lake (Lake Otsego in upstate New York).
01.07.2018 – #20BooksOfSummer #ReReadChallenge
The book reflects the styles and attitudes of another time. Cooper wants his message of Christian morals to pervade. Revenge should be avoided and we should forgive…”turn the other cheek”. Who ever heard of a young girl (Hetty) fleeing from wild savages Huron Indians…stop after gathering dried leaves for a bed…and kneel to say The Lord’s Prayer. #HardToBelieve
03.07.2018 – #20BooksOfSummer #ReReadChallenge
Busy night: Mysterious floating moccasin found, Tom Hutter is scalped and left to die, Judith Hutter refuses Harry March’s proposal of marriage, Hetty Hutter is still reading the bible, Deerslayer is held captive by the Huron braves
…and England finally won a penalty shoot-out in World Championship Soccer 2018.
ENG-SWEDEN 1/4 final! is this Saturday, don’t miss it!
- This is a classic about the early America era.
- It is filled with adventures, violence and clever escapes
- …but most importantly a few dirty secrets emerges.
- Did I like the book after RE-READING it after 50 years?
This book has stalked me for 50 years.
I had to read it for high school English.
I have wondered why Mr Hughes assigned
this book to a giddy group of teen-age girls.
Is there a message in this book that
will help us starting our lives?
I think it is in chapter 30:
- “It’s true that you being female will most likely
- save you from torments but it will not save your
- liberty and may not save your scalp.”
James Fenimore Cooper was an enlightend man.
I am indebted to him
….because I still have my scalp!
- This is the first step on my quest to make tarte au citron.
- I found this recipe in La Petite Cuisine à Paris by R. Khoo.
- I was looking for the right tangy taste.
- This recipe makes about 1 cup of crème de citron.
- When I make the tart I will make dubble or triple this amount.
- You can make this and save it in the fridge for a few days.
- Crème de citron is an elegant touch for a any special desert!
In three easy steps:
- Large bowl: mix zest and juice of one lemon,
- pinch of salt, 40gr sugar, 45 gr butter and
- 2 egg yolks.
- Optional: adding 1/2 tsp cornstarch.
- I want the curd thick to use tarts.
- Warm slowly …keep stirring all the time!
- I warmed the mixture au bain maire.
- For velvety perfection: pour cooked mixture through a sieve.
- Photo: I bought this fine mesh professional cooking sieve years ago
- I use it all the time to sift flour….and sauces
- Important! use a culinary ring to keep the curd in one
- …place otherwise it will be a mess.
- Believe me, I know.
- Cover mixture with thin, clingy plastic wrap
- …and make sure wrap adheres to sauce.
- You want to avoid the formation of a ‘skin’ on the lemon curd.
- Cool in fridge for a few hours or overnight
- Here are the photo’s of all the steps!
01.07.2018 Paris In July!
- I took this photo in front of a pâtisserie on L’ile St.Louis.
- This is my first stop whenever I visit Paris.
- Everything is so delicious but I always choose (lower right)
- …the mini tarte au citron!
- This month is all about Paris and anything French.
- My pâtisserie challenge this week:
- ….bake these little pies and post my results!
- What is your cooking challenge this week?
Bloody hot today in The Netherlands…time for refreshment!
- Bénédictine is an herbal liqueur beverage
- developed by Alexandre Le Grand in the 19th century and produced in France.
- The recipe is a closely guarded trade secret,
- purportedly known to only three people at any given time. #ParisInJuly.
- Oh, is it July already?
- Let’s have a glass of wine and
- think of some things to do for…
Paris in July
- Paris in July is a French themed blogging
- …experience running from the 1st – 31st July this year.
- The aim of the month is to celebrate our French experiences through
- actual visits, or through reading, watching, listening,
- observing, cooking and eating all things French!
- For more instructions how to share your posts go to Thyme for Tea.
- There will be no rules or targets …just blog about anything French
- …and you can join in! Some ideas might include;
- reading a French themed book – fiction or non-fiction,
- watching a French movie,
- listening to French music,
- cooking French food,
- experiencing French, art, architecture and travel.
What are my plans?
- Book: Et Soudain, La Liberté by É. Laurent winner Prix Marguerite Duras 2017
- Book: Comment Baptiste est mort by A. Blottière winner Prix Jean Giono 2016
- Cocktails: make, drink, review a surprise French iconic cocktail
- …and on 19th July is National Daiquiri Day….try a French Daiquiri!
- Cooking: Gratin Dauphinois (pg 34) La Petite Cuisine à Paris by R. Khoo.
- Movie: Frantz won Best Actor Pierre Niney César Awards, France 2017.
- Netflix: Dix Pour Cent Season 1 series – nominee International Emmy Awards 2016.
- Art: Berthe Morisot by D. Bona winner Prix Goncourt de la biographie 2000.