Three books

I looked down in my basket. Four small Wedgewood Avon cottage dessert bowls, in the deepest shade of blue. A white casserole with a thin blue border and ceramic cracked slightly enough to tell the wonderful story of dinners at an old pine table. An aluminium springform tin, with an opening mechanism I had never seen before; remind me to show you someday. The Phoenix ...

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Bonjour mai (and a wonderful book giveaway)

Believe it or not (I’m still positive on the latter), there was a snowstorm a week ago. And although I’ve rather successfully survived my first winter in the north of Sweden, I must admit that I had never seen so much snow in one day. Ever. Before. A few rainy nights later, there is very little left of the winter on our roads and forest. ...

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Merci – Paris Pastry Club, a German edition & a giveaway

Pictures above © Helen Cathcart 2014. Almost a year ago, Paris Pastry Club came out, on Easter monday. Now a year later, Fannys Pâtisserie – its German counter part – has been published by Knesebeck. I didn’t have the time to tell you all the warmest MERCI. Yes, I can never ever be thankful enough. For all of you who’ve read my blah-blah since that ...

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No other day than a Sunday – Clafoutis aux myrtilles, le Paris Pastry Club

[Blueberry clafoutis] The recipes I make don’t come in printed words. They come in barely-readable letters that I’ve written too fast. Felt-tip pen codes, more often than not smudged with water, or butter, or as you’ve heard me say before, chocolate. Ingredients quantities are crossed out and forever adjusted. I keep those notes in identical notebooks; black leather and square-lined pages, at times blank or ...

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All mornings should be like this – Custard-filled cornbread

Yesterday, two am. Tonight, we ate al fresco. In our garden. Who said you’re not allowed to play make-believe anymore? I made dessert. One strawberry tart, only it’s so much more. Black olives, vanilla, and olive oil shortbread. White chocolate crémeux. Strawberries from the little patch that somehow resisted the month of May; or perhaps, I should say the month of rain. Strawberry coulis and ...

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Leggings en laine

[Wool leggings] My day started like this. Warm wool leggings, cushy slippers, and a cup of coffee of the burn-your-tongue kind. Only to end up, pretty much the same and with a good read included. Like a surprise waiting for me on the sofa as I entered our flat after the usual dinner service. Hope you had a day as lovely as mine! Any surprises?

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