The apartment is finished, so we celebrated. Going to the market, cooking up a summer feast, drinking champagne and cassis- kir- with good company, what could be better?
We went to the marché des batignolles for our fresh food.
I made a flourless chocolate cake with almond meal, unrefined sugar, organic cocoa nibs, vanilla from India and I whipped up a cream cheese filling. It was so moist and not in the least heavy because there is no flour in this recipe!
The crème de cassis was sourced from Bourgogne. I went with my parents last year. It makes the best kir royales! (see here for details on this trip to Bourgogne). Crème de cassis is one of the specialities of this area. And just look at that gorgeous bottle!
Two of my favourite girls ever.
It was a weekend of celebrations. Sunday we celebrated J’s little sister’s birthday. Her and her best friend are so precious.
The whole family was there. It was a big and loud lunch, like most French social events.
Cheese. Remember, this is France. J’s family are such cheese lovers. No meal is followed without a platter of these goodies.
I will do a post about wines in France soon, but I’m sure you have heard of the wine region Bordeaux. It’s one of the most famous regions and their wines sell all over the globe. The red we had on Sunday was from 1994. A good vintage one.
Now that is what I call a good baguette. Crusty on the outside, not too fluffy, moist in the inside. I could ramble on forever about good baguettes. I’ll stop myself here!
No birthday is a birthday without candles and singing! J’s very talented father made Choux à la crème.
Oh, and just to add the cherry on top, and in the name of good clichés, out came those French bubbles! Mmmmm.
My photos from India were also published, which I am so thrilled about.
Gay pride was all out and happening in Paris last Saturday, click here for photos and more!