Its this time of the year again ! The shop is full , the windows look festive and our staff is ready ! Last minute gifts or stocking stuffers ...no problem ! We are here and happy to help . Happy Holiday Season !
Yvonne is not only a friend , part of our " Maison en Provence" little team but also a very creative and talented photographer . We sell some of her art , postcards and today I wanted to share few of her images taken in Provence on her last trip .
Yvonne Angyal's photography is about spontaneity, living in the moment and trying to capture something interesting that catches her eye . She believes that aiming for balance, interesting colors and shapes make up for beautiful compositions. http://www.yaphotos.net/blogger-feed
Tomates a la Provencale !
If you haven't tried my recipe yet , it's not too late ....Tomatoes are great right now !
Not the prettiest looking tomatoes but I promise the best tasting ones you'll ever have ! It is like a confit of tomatoes , rich in flavors . I serve them cold on bread as an appetizer but you can also serve them warm as a side to any dish . And the best is that it is the easiest recipe ever !
The secret ? Buy some over ripped tomatoes at your local farmer's market . I buy mine from a stand in Little Italy or Hillcrest farmer's market . They have them in a bag and they are only around $5 / bag so it is Ok even if there is a couple bad ones in the mix .
In a large non stick pan , pour a nice bed of olive oil . Wash , dry and cut the tomatoes in 2 as on the photo . Place cut side down in the oil . Cover and cook on medium high for about 15mns . You want the skin to become loose .Water will come out of the tomatoes into the pan , boiling .
Remove from the heat , uncover and let cool off a few minutes witch will make flipping them easier . Gently turn the tomatoes cut side up .
Ad a pinch of sugar , salt and pepper on each tomato , herbes de Provence and traditionally garlic and parsley . We like them plain so I do not ad these but I 'll sprinkle a little grated parmigiano cheese just before to serve .
Wait ! You are not done yet !! Cover again and simmer now on low until there is no more juice in the pan wich can take 1h to 1h 1/2. Check once in a while .
Restaurants will just seared the tomatoes on the grill to give them pretty grill marks , put the garlic and parsley to garnish and serve as a good looking fake Tomate a la Provencale ! Yes , mine are not the best looking but you will love the condensed flavors and your guest will too !
This year again Mission Hills has been the place for all things French !
Cinema under the Stars will show the following movies
An American in Paris July 14-15th
Midnight in Paris July 16-17th
A couple of our raffle winners ready to enjoy the movie !
All the local business have celebrated with us !
Special on French Cheeses at Venissimo , French menus at
Brooklyn Girl , the Patio , Harley Gray, Cafe Bleu ...
Special on French Manicure at TOPS , French toasts at The Huddle ...
Its been 5 years since we could find and import these all time best sellers ...We found some baskets , but nothing as perfect : Hand woven in classic or fun colors for the summer , with leather corners and handles. They all come with a lining that closes and in 3 sizes : purse, everyday tote or week end/beach basket .
All stripes ahead ! We just got a new shipment from Marseille and have restocked of our favorite shirts in all sizes ( even XS )
Get ready for Independence Day , Bastille Day and any other Day
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By combining silicone with openwork textile materials, Gueta invented a technique of blowing silicone into lace. The technique was patented in 2005. The countless facets of this combination of materials afforded him an unexpected field for exploration that began with textile design and led him to jewelry, design objects and art.
His first collaboration with an Haute Couture house was with Thierry Mugler and also lately with the Chanel fashion house . He was awarded by the City of Paris " Grand Prix de la Création ".
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