I just thought I’d bring you a couple of excerpts from my Christmas expeditions from before I came home from France – since my internet time in France was rather few-and-far-between. I was lucky enough to enjoy two little foraging adventures – the first in La Rochelle’s “Salon Expo Chocolat”.
For a few euros entry, a huge exhibition of chocolate and other sweet treats were not only on display, but available for tasting and testing on every stall. I tasted everything from chocolate spreads, chocolate wine (red & white!), macarons (pineapple – oooh!), the speciality of “cannele”, truffles and grillottines – the liqueur cherries that I used to make myself when I worked in a chocolate shop!
A beautifully made chocolate vegetable basket!
The patisserie class from the catering school where I work as English Language Assistant doing chocolate-dipping demonstrations! Here are the famous grillotines on the right, being dipped in chocolate after having been dipped in hot fondant.
And some incredible ice-sculpting, the first time I have seen this. However it was extremely ear-piercingly noisy, and we ended up laughing a lot since every time I tried to take a photo the artist seemed to stand right in front of me! Finally got a good shot though.
The second pre-Christmas outing was to Bordeaux Christmas Market with my friend Kelly, for a rainy Sunday afternoon. Despite the drizzle we had a cosy day chatting, browsing through an antiques market and then Christmas market, discovering a sweet Victorian-style teashop (in which I ate a LOT of cake and some lovely tea!) finishing the day with mulled wine and huddled under a little umbrella by the market. Kelly wrote
a bit more about this day with some lovely photos, so make sure you visit her blog too.
Thanks for reading my blog in 2011, or if you are a new reader I hope that you keep following during 2012! I appreciate my readers so much, and my plans for 2012 are certainly going to involve a lot of blogging.
Happy New Year!