I can’t imagine what my life in Paris would be like without this blog. Not only do I owe the majority of my friendships (apart from Nick’s colleagues, that is) to it, but it’s also been responsible for getting me out into the city, trying new places and dishes, a handful of professional contacts, and even the very apartment I live in. So it’s sad how neglectful I’ve been of this space in the past year, and I’m starting 2013 with the determination to give it the care and attention it deserves.
This was but one topic of discussion with my friend Ann (we met through our blogs and bonded over a shared love of xiaolongbao) as we sipped tea and snacked on pastries in the colorful salon de thé at Colorova (which I learned about on my friend Lindsey’s blog).
The pastries, like the room itself, are stylish and artful. We sampled a tart with speculoos, peanut mousse, and caramel and a “cube” of chocolate cake layered with ganache and passionfruit cream. In the case of the latter, its beauty surpassed its deliciousness – I think both the chocolate and passionfruit flavors lacked intensity, a fault that maybe as simple to remedy as adding a pinch of salt. I was smitten with the tart, but Ann wondered what it might be like with a different nut. Of course, she’s been in the States for the last few months, so maybe she’s not as easily swayed by peanut-flavored things as I am, given that they’re still kind of a novelty in France.
At some point in our conversation, Ann reminded me that I used to have various projects for Croque-Camille, like when I spent each month in 2009 delving into a different regional cuisine of France. Not only are things like that fun for readers, but I learn from doing them as well. And it also acts as something of an instant content generator for the blog. Don’t know what to write about? Well, what’s this month’s project? Much less writer’s block.
So I’m starting a new project. This year, I will dedicate each month to a different French pastry. I’ll taste examples of said pastry at several pâtisseries around town, learn about the history of it, and give recipe pointers so that you, readers from all across the globe, can bake and eat along with me. Sound like fun? I think so. But I do need your help with one little detail:
Thank you all so much for your help, and your continued readership. It means the world to me.
On this day in 2009: And You Thought The Holidays Were Over (Ah, Galette des Rois season…)
Originally published on Croque-Camille.