01/29/2018

La Chandeleur

In France , 40 days after Christmas every year on February 2nd , we celebrate " La Chandeleur " by making crepes ! 

The date actually marks when Jesus was presented at the temple in Jerusalem.But Before becoming a religious holiday, Chandeleur stemmed from several pagan traditions celebrating the fertility of the earth and the beginning of the end of winter.

It's said that in the 5th century, Pope Gelasius I started the Festival des Chandelles on this date, a candlelit procession through the streets of Rome that culminated in placing the blessed candles in the churches. Gelasius linked this custom to crêpes by handing out galettes (a type of salty crêpe) to poor pilgrims who arrived in Rome that day.

Nowadays the crepes themselves are the most important thing about La Chandeleur !

Last Saturday , was crepe party in our little back kitchen . I demonstrated how to make them and we all sampled some of our new delicious spreads to go along

Making crepe is fun for all and easy as 1 - 2 - 3 !

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Un : You NEED this "gadget"  .  
I will never make crepes any other way now that I've tried this ...I didn't think it could beat my century old recipe but it is just as delicious and so much easier ! Plus it is 100% guaranteed to work !
Trust a French cook ...and I know Crepes ....  

IMG_8374 (Large).JPGFill in with milk to the marked line , then ad flour to the next line , crack 2 eggs and shake !

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  Deux: I added a few extras just because ...vanilla beans, orange flower blossom...wta ever you like best !

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Trois: No lumps , perfect consistency crepe batter going in !

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Swirl and cook on high heat until it browns on the side and bubble ...just like pancakes. It is all in the "tour de main" to make an even crepe, not too thin or too thick .

IMG_8381 (Large).JPGThen comes the flip ...traditionally you flip the crepe with one hand  while holding a coin in the other hand ....if the crepe land in the pan , it is good fortune , good harvest to come . I can do that ...or could do that ...but nowadays I play it safe : my technique is to get a very flat spatula under the crepe all the way to the center and then flip . 1st Crepe is usually "bad" and either trashed or for the cook ...as the cook , I take that 1st bad crepe with just sugar ...you can really taste the vanilla , orange zest...

IMG_8382 (Large).JPGA real good crepe is soft and melt in your mouth...the secret is all the fat you put in the batter: whole milk versus skim milk ; my ancient recipe even says that to make "fine" crepes add more eggs  ...most of the ones we buy at farmer's markets , trucks...are like cardboard to me and made under low heat witch is not ideal . I like to melt a little chunk of butter after I flip the crepe, let it melt , ad some Grand Marnier and granulated sugar . It is soaked in juices and the most delicious crepe you can ever serve !

 

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Quatre: Oh well ...we need Creme Chantilly s'il vous plait ! 
An other totally ingenious gadget that makes whipped cream in less than a minute . Just ad room temperature heavy whipping cream in the jar with the 3 special silicon balls , a little powder sugar and shake ...it is magic ! No mess , no electric whip ...and the  whipped cream stays whipped for a couple of days if you can resist eating it all !
 

IMG_8385 (Large).JPGEt voila ! Now you are ready for the Chandeleur !

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 These not so "gadgets" after all ...are any kitchen's best tool ! The chicken is fabulous ,infused with flavors , steamed and not dry ...served with roasted chestnuts warmed up in the gravy ...even better than potatoes !

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11/30/2017

Noel Noel ! Getting ready for the Holidays ...

Gaston is all dressed up and playing Santa with the kids !

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IMG_8256 - Copy (Large).JPGFew ideas to decorate the house ...

IMG_8249 - Copy (2) (Large).JPGLighted Eiffel Towers or penguins : ornaments or card holder ...perfect to hold a photo and keep year round !

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Christmas linens from Garnier Thiebaut ( table top, runners, towels )IMG_8263 - Copy (Large).JPGHipsters , birds , bears felt ornaments 

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IMG_8295 - Copy (Large).JPGOur Creche is set up too

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Gift boxes from Fragonard perfumes and soapsIMG_8298 - Copy (Large).JPG

IMG_8247 (Large).JPGGift Baskets, Corporate gift boxes : Let us do the work for you !

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IMG_8291 - Copy (Large).JPGIts a glitter wonderland in our window !

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10/26/2017

Fall 2017

Beautiful fall wreath made in house out of recycled pine needles !

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Flour sack towels and paper napkins  printed with Cynthia Dunn's watercolors Harvest pumpkins ; and the Best cook book ever is back in stock !

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White fig candles ...my favorite fruit and scent !

IMG_7187 (Large).JPGSince are talking about food...Foie gras sound good  now that the days are cooler

IMG_7189 (Large).JPGNew patterns in our popular plastic dishes ! Perfect for fall busy entertaining season

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Lots of new Garnier Thiebaut towels came in to brighten this Fall !

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Aprons too !

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Paris is always a great idea specially on those beautiful damask  placemats and table top 

by Garnier Thiebaut ( in Green sweet treatment stain proof ) 

IMG_7169 (Large).JPG2018 Paris desk and wall calendars are in ! As well as some cute new stationary .

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IMG_7191 (Large).JPGIts never too early to stock on a great gift !

I just fell in love with these scented wax medallions and "curiosities" A new spin on classic botanical wax . Smell just as pretty as it looks !

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IMG_7204 (Large).JPGThese are wax ornaments not candles but still I could not resist the matches box

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Super soft cashmere blend ponchos , felt cross body bag , silicone necklace from Tzuri Gueta Paris and a beret  : fall and winter in style  like a Parisienne  !22810343_10203364525590740_2057081805_o.jpg

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Our new doormats for cat or dog lovers !

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08/31/2017

All New !

It is almost the end of the summer ...a busy summer for us with a trip back to France ( will post some photos soon I promise ! ) Lots of buying and unpacking to make the shop all new again !

IMG_2541 (Large).JPGOur saussissons are 100% knitted in France and ready to decorate your kitchen or trick a friend !

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Opinel the perfect picnic , hiking knife , Made in the French Alps since 1880 . A must have   ( from $12 )

IMG_2546 (Large).JPG  Opinel steak knives in Ash wood , new plastic plates in modern grey and taupe 

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Olives picking baskets

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Decorative tree trunk looking pots ...make a beautiful cache pot for orchids !

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Whimsical lanterns to light up your garden party !

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Need help putting it all together ? This book has it all !

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IMG_2254 (Large).JPGNew soft Linen Scarves

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Indigo Canvas bag, linen scarf and necklaces from Parisian designer T.Gueta

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Plastic woven baskets , perfect for the beach or groceries ....light weight and easy to clean !

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Fragonard perfumes and soaps are all back in stock 

New scent  Rose-Lavender

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Men are also covered now with a whole new dedicated section with Eaux de toilette, Soaps, shaving needs

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Pour "Monsieur" masculine scents for his bathroom too

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Our all time best seller liquid soap from Marseille ...the most gentle soaps for you hands with 72% of oil has a new light scent added to the collection "Olive Wood "

Brushes from Andre Jardin , Made in France using high quality raw material Useful as beautiful

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Also new is the hand lotion matching the new modern bottles of Black or white tea liquid soaps

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Soft Laundered linen towels are the best to dry glasses !

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New Soaps from Mistral

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Lavender bath salts , exfoliating pouch, travel candle, cream, shower gel, sachets ...these are made with the finest lavender oil , our best !

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Its all in the title ! Really All new Paris , young , Hip ....and yes there are some French Hipsters !

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06/29/2017

Happy 4th !

Happy 4th !
Ready to celebrate in red white and blue ! Have a wonderful Holiday Week end ! (The shop will be only closed on July 4th)

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06/20/2017

Summer Special !

Summer Basket Sale ! 

Get yours now ...perfect for the beach , carry on, road trip , farmer's market...All comes with a drawstring linen insert to close the top off and in many colors !

20% off large size all summer long !

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