Friday, October 14, 2011
I've never seen cyclamen growing wild. I think of it as a pretty, if somewhat overly common, plant that people have in the house for a little color through the winter. When I went up to visit the house of a friend on the Montaigne Noir this week, there was a beautiful drift of Cyclamen Hederifolium, a hardy, miniature cyclamen, in bloom under the trees near the chateau on the property. Gerard, the owner of the chateau, said that he had planted the first corms 20 years ago and gradually spread them out. I love that he took the care to create this beautiful sight in the grounds around his large old house, but then I have often said that the French have a wonderful aesthetic.
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
See those twirly, eye lookin' things in this monster face made of tarts? Those are the tartes au citron that the bakery around the corner from me has started making. They are the perfect balance of crust to lemon filling to whisper light, soft, toasted meringue. I'm getting hypnotized by their twirliness just looking at this picture, lemon tarts have started to invade my dreams...and they are only 2€ a piece.