pm, August 17, 2014

We’ve been eating a lot of homegrown veg lately, thanks to Tristan’s parents and their amazing allotmenting skills. These cute little patty pans (along with yellow courgettes) are my favourite of all the things they’ve grown because when roasted with other veggies, I just love all the colours together.

Roll on Autumn, I say. I’m super looking forward to cooking up loads more delicious squashes and pumpkins. 

pm, August 15, 2014
Herriott Grace are such a lovely company with a swoon-worthy story to match.
Based on different sides of Canada, Nikole Herriott and her father started to send each other care packages to keep in touch. His parcels included hand whittled spoons and other wooden products made from locally recycled wood, and from that an idea sparked and Nikole set up a shop online to sell them. 
This tea towel is from their summer refresh 2014 and I love it. I’m a sucker for a good tea towel, as the pile stacked high on top of my fridge will testify! It comes in white and black, but personally I think the white is fresher and more summery, plus the pastel shades are super pretty. 

Herriott Grace are such a lovely company with a swoon-worthy story to match.

Based on different sides of Canada, Nikole Herriott and her father started to send each other care packages to keep in touch. His parcels included hand whittled spoons and other wooden products made from locally recycled wood, and from that an idea sparked and Nikole set up a shop online to sell them.

This tea towel is from their summer refresh 2014 and I love it. I’m a sucker for a good tea towel, as the pile stacked high on top of my fridge will testify! It comes in white and black, but personally I think the white is fresher and more summery, plus the pastel shades are super pretty. 

pm, August 5, 2014

Paris part 2

Another foodie highlight on our final day in Paris was a visit to the boutique of Jacques Genin, a self taught, lemon tart obsessive who makes damn fine patisserie goods, crafts exquisite artisan chocolates and soft butter caramels, in a huge range of flavours, from classic vanilla to liquorice to juicy mango.

At his cafe in the Rue de Turenne I foolishly attempted to scoff an obscenely indulgent ‘Paris Brest’ pastry (pictured above), named oddly enough after a cycling race, which consists of choux pastry lavishly piped full of super-rich whipped creme mousseline praline and finished with a dusting of icing sugar. I definitely want to have a go at making my own version of these, as I think they might be what dreams are actually made of. Mine certainly are.

Whilst doing a bit of background reading about Jacques I learned that he is, as mentioned earlier, a self-educated pastry ‘rebel’ who is obsessed with doing things based on gut and experience rather than following strict recipes. I really respect that approach and I’ve been lucky enough to taste the goods, so I can testify that it’s a system that definitely works for him. For me, it’s always inspiring and validating to hear about those who do it on their own terms and are successful.

pm, August 4, 2014

Paris part 1

Yesterday I shared a few photos from my recent trip to Paris, but a couple of foodie places that we visited felt like they warranted whole posts to themselves and the first of those was La Chambre Aux Confitures in rue vieille du temple.

La Chambre is a super tiny artisan jam and chutney shop based around the premise of catering seasonally and with the best possible ingredients. Lovely paired-down packaging and an inventive approach to flavour combinations also made the shop very much up my street!

Visiting gave me lots of exciting ideas for future projects and I also afforded me the opportunity to bring home a couple of little treats in the form of some raspberry and champagne conserve (too decadent for a weekday breakfast?) and a small jar of praline beurre de sal sauce.

pm, August 3, 2014

Bonjour mon amis! I have just returned from Paris, so I thought I would share some of my favourite things that we got up to while spending a quick few days in the beautiful French capital.

Besides all of the amazing food (and no less than 2 totally vegan meals, but more on that later), I was really blown away by all the surprise green spaces, vertical gardens and courtyards hidden away from the streets.

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