Petits Pots de Creme au Chocolat – memories of summers on the Normandy coast

Les petits pot de creme au chocolat
Les petits pot de creme au chocolat

Nearly half a century ago, I ate the most simple of chocolate puddings. The pudding itself was delicious but what really captured my imagination was what it was served in – a tiny white pot with its own lid, decorated with gold trim. It was 19th century porcelain and part of a set of eight little pots with a matching porcelain tray. Nicole, my French friend who had cooked the pudding, told me they were called “petit pots de crème au chocolat” and were made specifically for ‘crème au chocolat’. Continue reading “Petits Pots de Creme au Chocolat – memories of summers on the Normandy coast”

The Best of British: Fashion and Apples – a pudding to satisfy cravings

Bramleys to the Ready
Bramleys to the Ready

It’s London Fashion week and venues across the city are thronged by pale, waif-like figures swinging glossy carrier bags, faces shrouded behind dark glasses. This bi-annual event has this year coincided with the first signs of spring. After weeks of single figure temperatures and frosty mornings, a high of 11C seems almost balmy. Padded coats, swathes of scarves and knitted hats are being discarded, and many of us standard-sized human beings are becoming aware of  the tightness of our jeans and the realisation that summer fashions are just around the corner. So what, you may ask has this got to do with baked apples? Continue reading “The Best of British: Fashion and Apples – a pudding to satisfy cravings”

Galette des Rois – a traditional French treat for January

Galette des Rois and coffeeIt’s January and the boulangeries and patisseries here in Albi are full of large round tarts, the famous Galette des Rois, which are traditionally eaten to celebrate Epiphany, the visit of the Three Wise Men. Continue reading “Galette des Rois – a traditional French treat for January”