11/11/2014

What Pierre is cooking ....a French classic : Omelette Norvegienne

Pierre is back in the kitchen ! This is an easy desert that you can prepare ahead of time for most of it and that will really impress your guests !

Get your apron on !

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An omelette norvegienne is Not an omelette and has nothing Norwegian about it .....it is an ice cream desert that you put in the oven to sizzle the meringue and  finish by "flambe" at the table ! This desert was created in 1867 during the Exposion Universelle of Paris by a french chef of one of the grand hotel to impress their guests with a technical desert . It had been said that egg whites didn't conduct heat well so a meringue would be a good isolation from the heat of the oven ...and the "omelette Norvegienne " was  created ! For the longest time it was the pride attribute of palace hotels only ....not any more !           

You will need : 1 quart of Vanilla ice cream , some golden raisins, a good dark rhum to soak them in , 6 eggs and less than a pound of sugar.

Start by macerating the raisins in rhum over night . The next day take the quart of ice cream and let it soften at room temperature for a while so you can mix in the raisins and some rhum as well ...no measuring ...you can put as much as you wish . I like it on the strong side . ( You can also layer different type of ice cream or ad some crunchy toffee in)

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Layer the bottom of a "pound cake"mold with plastic wrap so it is easy to take off the mold later . Fill the mold with the ice cream and put back in the freezer. This can be done weeks in advance.DSCN8773 [1280x768].JPG

The "genoise" bottom  sponge-cake : Separate the egg yolks from the whites of 2 large eggs . Beat the egg whites with a pinch of salt until soft peaks are formed , then ad 1,5 oz/ 40 grs of sugar to make a meringue . Beat until shinny and firm . Mix the yolks with 1,5 oz / 40 grs of sugar until creamy and fluffy . Incorporate a little bit of white mixture to loosen the batter , then sift in 1,5 oz /40grs of flour . Finish to incorporate the rest of the meringue by folding it in delicately with a spatula .DSCN8794 [1280x768].JPG

Put the batter down on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper . Shape it to be big enough for your cake mold . Bake at 375F for 6-8 mns max until barely colored and cooked through .DSCN8796 [1280x768].JPG

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Put the sponge cake on top of the ice cream and back into the freezer until last minute .DSCN8801 [1280x768].JPG

Last minute prep : Heat up your oven to 500F .  Make a meringue with 4 egg whites  , a pinch of salt and 10oz / 280 grs of sugar . Make sure you beat the whites until firm before to ad the sugar and keep beating until shinny and firm . I tried to make this before my guests arrive and keep it in the fridge . The meringue soften and my desert was a mess . So make this part at the last minute to insure you have a nice and firm meringue OR you could probably make an "italien " meringue witch means to boil the sugar into a syrup and ad this hot sugar into your beaten egg whites  beating until the batter cools off making a more stable meringue that should be able to wait in the fridge . Put the meringue in a ziploc bag , cut a tiny hole at the bottom ( or use a pastry bag with attachment ) and you are ready to decorate your ice cream cake ! Take the ice cream cake out of the freezer and out of the mold onto a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil . Decorate with the meringue and put in the oven for 5 mns until the meringue get colored . In the mean time warm up some Grand Marnier in a pan so you can "flambe" your desert when it comes out of the oven .( Do not have the hood on when you Flambe anything or it will suck the flames up the hood ! ) DSCN8749 [1280x768].JPG

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Slice and serve immediately !! The combination of hot and cold is really what makes this desert so special and a perfect ending to a Holiday meal .

Enjoy !

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Cute friends !

Woven hyacinth dogs chewing on a squeeky Eiffel Tower !DSC_1409 [1280x768].JPG

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Pompom guarland in soft colors DSC_1438 [1280x768].JPG

Felt Ornaments ...cats , well behave dogs , squirrels , bears, skunks ...DSC_1446 [1280x768].JPG

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Having fun moving everything around this time of year !DSC_1458 [1280x768].JPG

Love these washed linen pillows in my home ! And we have  the throws as well ...DSC_1416 [1280x768].JPG

 

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Rooster coasters in a tin , mugs , towels and guest paper towels ....what's not to love !

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Turkey paper plates and napkins with a cotton garland in the back ground .DSC_1412 [1280x768].JPG

 

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10/22/2014

Pine cones ,pumpkins and fall inspirations ....

Love these cast iron pine cone votive holders and copper wire lights  ( they come battery operated or plug in depending on where you want to use them )DSC_1403 [1280x768].JPG

Two of the new Garnier Thiebaut towels ....many beautiful patterns came in !DSC_1395 [1280x768].JPG

Linen napkins mix and match with linen runners DSC_1501 [1280x768].JPG

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Now stocking our linen runners in a more traditional length 18 x 71"  but still have them all in the wider "double placemat " length as well !DSC_1481 [1280x768].JPG

Chartreuse , charcoal , blue , rust , eggplant ...mix as much as you wish !DSC_1528 [1280x768].JPG

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Garnier Thiebaut tablecloths , table tops , runners ....beautiful woven damask in a waterproof stain free washable cotton ...time to think about your fall and winter table !DSC_1499 [1280x768].JPG

The new home fragrance from Fragonard for the fall : black fig and blond tabacco : a warm woodzy and delicious fruity scent DSC_1514 [1280x768].JPG

Couleur Nature table linens are always a perfect fit : casual yet elegant !DSC_1464 [1280x768].JPG

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08/09/2014

New finds for the summer

Made by my friend Yukari in Tokyo...we still carry her beautiful obi purses and just recieved a delivery of summery colors , but I could not resist her flower corsages made with silk lining from vintage kimonos . These will accent any outfit ... even a simple t-shirt !DSCN9397 (Large).JPG

I've known Claude for some years and have decided to sell her hand made jewelry this year . I love the organic look of the linen mixed the pearls ...very unique and perfect with linen clothes . You can dress these up or play it casual as well .DSCN9591 [1280x768].JPG

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I bought these very chic hemp purses on our last trip to Provence . They are made from vintage grain sacks and recycled military leather belts. One of a kind and only in our shop !IMG_2339 (Large).JPG

Perfect beach bags DSCN9513 (Large).JPG

Soft washed linen bags . I use the small pouch all the time !DSCN9520 (Large).JPG

Lemongrass-geranium-citronella scented outdoor candles in a vintage clay pot ...keeps bugs away with a delicious light smell !DSCN9598 [1280x768].JPG

New scents for our best selling hand soap from Marseille ...mint or cotton flower . The most gentle way to wash your hands . Marseille soap is an all natural olive oil base soap, made the same way for hundred of years ..."green" before things were "green"....DSCN9466 (Large).JPG

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We just started to carry shower gels from "Le petit Marseillais" DSCN9510 (Large).JPG

All doormats are back in stock now !DSCN9508 (Large).JPG

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More pottery from Sylvie came in as well.DSCN9516 (Large).JPG

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Pour les enfants

Any little girl would look so cute in a linen dress ! We have those in size 6 months to 4 toddler

 

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DSCN9576 [1280x768].JPGTraditional Provencal print dresses come in 2years and 4 years only

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This must be the softest of all baby comforter from Kaloo .We have some fun colorful ones as well .With the cute box it makes a perfect baby shower gift !DSCN9593 [1280x768].JPG

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07/31/2014

Our Hydrangeas

They are our pride and the enjoyment of the whole neighborhood !

People stop and take photos every days when they are in bloom ...peak season to see them is mid June to end of July

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