Monday, January 29, 2007

Ode To Caramel...

La Maison du Chocolat's caramelsLa Maison du Chocolat's Caramels, 9" x 11 1/2"
Caramels in France are tres belle
For me, they are an easy sell.

A La Reine Astrid's caramels on rue de Cherch-Midi Though I can resist, it's hard to qwell,
The urge to merge with a car-a-mel.

Jean-Paul Hevin's caramels on a silver platter On caramels I can endlessly dwell.
And C-A-R-A-M-E-L is not hard to spell.

Caramels au beurre from Reims Cara means dear (in Italian)
And mel:melt, melting, mellow,melifluous...

La Mere de la Famille's caramels Life without caramels...

Caramel macaron beurre sale-with salted butter at the Salon du Chocolat

Would be Hell-ow!

French Master caramel-maker, Henri Le Roux at the Salon. His salted caramel sauce is the BEST there is! Guest blogger today, Ms. Anonymouse, made a request - to write a poem on her favorite sweet, French caramels.

I could not say no...

25 comments:

  1. dear anon- e -mouse...

    great poem!

    what a poet you are. ;o)

    ( oops one of those smilies!)

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  2. the best bit is they stick in your teeth so you can eat them for hours afterwards. Love the painting!

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  3. Thank you, Anonymouse, for requesting these sweet word temptations!
    Carol, I keep wondering, how many pictures an hour you must have shot during your weeks in Paris. ;-))))

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  4. Marie-Noëlle5:41 AM

    And to complete your ode to caramel
    will you take "une vielle"
    or "un violoncelle"?
    (a hurdy-gurdy? or a violoncello?)

    Les deux, ma gente demoiselle!
    Pas de querelle
    chez le caramel !

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  5. Anonymous7:06 AM

    Marie-Noëlle's name rhymes with car-a-mel!
    At French poems, she does excell.
    I wish I knew of what she tells.
    My Francais has lapsed, after a spell...

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  6. BEAUTIFUL watercolor, Carol -- and scrumptious eye-candy!

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  7. Chanteuse7:49 AM

    Thanks Carol, Anonymous and Marie Noelle for a delightful, early start to my Monday morning. Sadly, my Sunday was difficult and challenging to say the least, so I hope fervently for a much better Monday. This delightful ode to caramels complete with marvelous photographs bodes well for the rest of my day.

    Carol, two questions. One, is that a silver "tin" on the silver tray in the second photograph and two, what type of shop is that in the last photograph? I couldn't help but notice the lovely white chocolatieres on the shelves.

    Again, thank you, ladies for a delightful post.

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  8. Chanteuse8:00 AM

    I answered one of my questions regarding the shop in the last photograph by clicking on the link underneath the last photograph.

    Duh!

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  9. I love looking at your blog every morning, but have never told you how much I love it! Do you ask permission of the shopowners before shooting all of the photos of their merchandise? I'm always afraid of the response and therefore rarely photograph inside.

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  10. Chanteuse
    if you run your mouse over the photo, you'll get a clue. Unless you have a MAC :(
    That's Henri Le Roux, master caramel maker at the Paris Salon du Chocolat - His shop is in Brittany. The porcelaine chocolatiers are borrowed I think from another exhibiter, Chantal.. I wrote about her on PB..

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  11. Anonymous10:35 AM

    This Blog never cease's to bring a smile. ;-)Thank you Anonymouse & thank you Carol.

    Shirley, Check back a few blogs.. Carol answered that question about asking permission in the comments. That's a good question too.
    Cris

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  12. Sticky Chewey Scrumptiousness...!

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  13. Dear Anonymouse,
    A site you might use
    To to help with your foggy translations:

    http://babelfish.altavista.com/

    I was wondering too if you'd
    guest blog for me,
    and let me plan some Paris vacations?

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  14. loveitaly11:49 AM

    Here's to Carol,
    whose dear predilection
    for sweets and all those confections:
    her macarons and the,
    and cafe au lait,
    aaaaah, she's won our dearest affections.

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  15. Woman, everytime I read your damn blog I gain 5 lbs!! LOL keep up the good work!

    Zezrie

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  16. Wow, it seems this post has inspired dozens of poets :]...
    thanks for the Caramelian Rhapsodies, it was a pleasure.

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  17. Anonymous2:03 PM

    Dozens of poets.
    Wouldn't you know it!
    Once I was outrageous.
    Now I'm contageous.
    Dozens of poets..
    Is this advantageous?

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  18. They look more like chocolates to me...

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  19. What a great painting the photo of the French Candy Man would make! Cute Poem.

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  20. Chanteuse5:16 PM

    Michelle Smith said...
    "What a great painting the photo of the French Candy Man would make! Cute Poem."

    Michelle, I must say that I agree that a painting of the "French Candy Man" would be great. For some reason I can't explain I am absolutely intrigued by the photograph of Monsieur LeRoux. I revisited the blog this afternoon just to take another look at this photograph. It and he are so classically French to me. I love it.

    And I have to say that this post is making my mouth water for caramels, not to mention the combined tastes of chocolat et caramel. Yum.

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  21. mmm, caramel, love your poem and your photos, beautiful!

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  22. So you are a poet too Carol! I am drooling over the macarons with caramel beurre salé!

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  23. oh yumm! I love caramel more than chocolate:)

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  24. I lost a tooth eating a carmel. But that hasn't stopped me from eating them again! Lovely painting!

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  25. i love caramels more than chocolate too.

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