Thursday, December 06, 2012

Bag-a-holic?

artwork after Germaine Bouret

 Are you a bag-a-holic?
 Would it be sac-a-holic in French?
 This is my all time favorite quelle ordinaire boulangerie sac/bag. I will leave this to the Smithsonian Institute if they're lucky.
 I bet you've seen this tres common baguette bag. But did you save it? For a few years?
 If you did, welcome to the club.
 The French are mad for silhouettes along with lolly pops/sucettes. I've said it many times.
Here's another charming example, if not a boulangerie sac. I picked up this scrap in Montmorillon. It looks related to the baguette bag does it not?
A small digression to wrapping paper svp/please. But isn't this darling?
I may have picked this up in Nancy and a meat pie/tourte Lorrain may have been wrapped up in it. I forget. But isn't this auspicious and impressive? No idea what it says...
Mystery solved.
This is from a boulangerie after all, referring to the 6 laws of Antoine Augustin (born in 1737) for making bread:
Les bles/wheat, le sel/salt, la levure/the yeast, l'hydration/water, la fermentation/fermentation, and le petrissage/kneading.
I know this wrapping paper held a bit of fromage from the Paris by Mouth tour of Montmartre. So many souvenirs...
Back to boulangerie bags. What an interesting nature morte/still life. Croissants and brioche plus your mandolin. But of course!
Guess what lurks within this little sac? More tomorrow.
So spill the beans.
Do you have a collection of boulangerie paper bags hanging about?

28 comments:

  1. I thought I was the only person who did this! I smooth out the paper and fold them in a drawer - I have a ridiculous amount of them!

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    1. My heart stops when I see the vendeuse folding the bag top down.
      I want to YELL out STOP!
      And gawd forbid you ask for an extra baguette bag.
      Even if you offer to pay they will not let you have it.
      It's the law...I guess

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  2. "I will leave this to the Smithsonian Institute if they're lucky."
    Could not agree more, a superb collection, Carol! xxx

    I'd say there's a chocolate croissant in that bag in the last picture. Just guessing. Could also be Bear, taking a well-earned nap. xxx

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  3. I save some of the lids from the boxes that my wonderful patisserie gateaux were in, tied with a pretty ribbon. they have such lovely pictures on them, even from my tiny village patisserie. I guess that it's a couronne/the king cake, in your last picture .

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  4. Wow - that is some collection you have there, Carol! I have to admit we don't keep the paper bags otherwise there would be no room left in the kitchen! Great line up.

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  5. Guilty! I have sacks, bags, ribbons, etc. I love to just look at them, the artwork is always inspiring!

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  6. I am definitely one..Thank goodness I don't travel a lot:) Or maybe not...
    You my dear..have the best I am sure..

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  7. Wow, I never noticed all of these bags that are given to me when I shop! How long did it take you to collect all of these?

    x Milsters

    (http://www.littlepiecesoflight.com/)

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    1. It's a graphic thing...you have to notice M

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  8. Thank you!
    I love bags, sacs, wrappers. Graphics, printing, symbols,papers...love them.
    One gift I will give this year is Lindt coconut white chocolate bars
    over wrapped in a paper sleeve.
    Nice to know there is someone else out there enjoying small "common" pleasures

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  9. Oh, I used to have things like that - but then I went through a major house purge and they went. I loved them, though.

    I did keep one Chanel bag from Paris, however. It's hanging from my bathroom closet doorknob. For just a touch.

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    1. I'm doing a kind of purge
      If I put them up here they will always be available and I can get rid of the real thing...I hope

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  10. I can only aspire to a collection of French bags....but I am the proud pack-rat owner of many lovely bags acquired stateside...Apple and McKenzie-Child are the jewels in my crown.
    It took a European eye to alert me to one of our own deserving packages: the Land-0-Lakes butter box! Can't recall what nationality the blogger was, but she described the "exotic" Indian maiden on the box in glowing terms. A propnet in his own country ...

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    1. I think I saw the same post Jeanette!
      Too funny :)

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  11. I admit to collecting bags and I have a few from Paris. Hopefully, I will be able to get one from Au Richelien Boulangerie before it closes. Oh, and this trait is generic - my daughter has it too:)

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    1. I have never been to Boulangerie Au Grand Richelieu!!
      MUST GO here.
      51, rue Richelieu 75001

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  12. I've saved a few bags in my life time. That's what us strange but clever people do.

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  13. They are quite sophisticated, these wrappers. Reminds me of the one that Isabelle has for her pastries at Mornings in Paris in Maine, pages from Le Monde. Can you guess which one of the above is my favorite? (me, I collect French postcards & illustrated books, as you know...at least the bags take up less space!

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    1. The baguette bag...my fav?

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    2. The nature morte, croissants w/ lute
      You will designe such bags wehn living in Paris?
      So perfect..yr style

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  14. Anonymous6:13 PM

    Ms Manon's was one of my favorite sweet morning stops. I dream of going back there sooner than later. I have the bags and the great memories of their beautiful pastries. Thanks for the reminder.

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    1. Carolg7:52 AM

      I know..I know
      Wonderful wrapping papers and bags
      Simply dreamy :)

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  15. I don't save bags, but I've never seen such attractive ones as these. My favorites are the silhouettes.

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  16. Your bags are lovely Carol... I wish I had saved mine... i would have had a few by now!! xv

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  17. I've always been more keen on the contents rather than the sac. I shall have to pay more attention next visit.

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  18. What a lovely collection! Do you know of anywhere on-line that sells similar designs in a cloth market bag.....I mean sac? ;0

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    1. Gosh what a good idea Catherine!
      Maybe I should put some onto a Zazzle bag or two...
      Have to get out the iron and work on the wrinkles...

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  19. I can hardly wait to see what you come up with!
    And, 'Yes Santa! I have been good this year. Please slip a specially created sac under the tree!'

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