Tuesday, January 01, 2013

Jan 1 in Paris!

 Day one of the Paris diary commences PBers!
My search for a buche de Noel continues...
 A bear buche with ears from La Mere de la Famile
 Inside chocolate ganache, mandarine, praline = too fussy but Bear would love it.
 Lenotre has this big fruity meringue-covered buche = too big.
 And this Buche Planete Cherry = too chocolatey.
I feel like Goldilocks and the three buches..
 The mystery of Angelina's Autriche buche - an homage to their original confiseur Antoine Rumpelmayer(Austrian). Filled with flavors of the Christmas market - pains d'epice plus honey decorated with vermicelles of creme de marron ( a wink at the specialty of the maison - the Monte Blanc.
 Dear PBers,
I wish you much success in deux mille treize/2013
 And sweetness..
 Pyramids of sweetness.

 BONNE ANNEE et bonne resolutions as they say here.
 What buche did Goldilocks end up eating?
A buchette aux Marrons of course.
And I ate every bite.
My 1st buche de Noel and my 1st New Year in Paris.
On verra bien/here's hoping for the best PBers


  1. Bonne année et bonne santé!

  2. Bonne année et bonne santé!

  3. Oh, Carol! That buchette looks delicious. What bakery? I love anything marron! Bonne année et bonne santé to you!

  4. Happy New Year from Vienna!

    Rumpelmayer was more than the first confiseur, he founded Angelina's, named after his daughter in law. Angelina's one of several salons de thé he opened in France and Germany, there was even one in New York.

    1. Thank you for the reminder. When I was very little my Grandmere used to take me to the NYC Rumplemayer's. It seemed a fairy land in there but what I remember now is her delight as an ice cream a pastry confection was set before her and her beautiful parfum. Fleurs de Rocailles. The original.

    2. You are welcome! :-)
      I wished I had made it to Café Rumpelmayer at the old Hotel Moritz (now Ritz-Carlton).

      There's another tidbit about Herr Rumpelmayer: Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway has her famous dinner catered by none other than Rumpelmayer's London branch. Small world. ;-)

  5. So many to choose from, so little time!
    Happy New Year Carol

  6. Superbe ton aquarelle!
    All the very best to you Carol..and Bear:)x

  7. I love Paris Breakfasts. Am so pleased to have unexpectedly found it. For a Catalan take on les buches Foix de Sarria in my other hometown Barcelona creates fantasies with gnomes and mushrooms and, yes, little families of baby hedgehogs--all out of pastry, cream and exquisitely carved candied fruits and chocolate. Bon Any!

  8. Scrumptios! I have yet to make a buche. I'll have to try one. These all look so good. Ah such a wonderful tour through the patisserie. Bonne Annee to you to Carol

  9. Happy New Year to you! Enjoying these posts knowing that you are right there in PARIS!!!

  10. Happy new year Carol! Just want to let you know how much I enjoy PB. It brings a smile to my face each time! Merci beaucoup :)!

  11. So happy you are experiencing your first New Year in Paris! I hope it is all you wish it to be! I loved reading about it, as always it makes me feel as if I were right there (where I would love to be!)... Happy New Year!

    Flora Doora

  12. You could not possibly go wrong with all those buches!

  13. Happy New Year Carol, and thank you for this wonderful blog ! Peace and Hapiness for 2013 and many cakes and drawings ! :)

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  15. Happy New Year Carol, all the best for 2013, I love this blog those photos are amazing, so many details and alot of updates.
    Best regards

  16. Happy New Year La Belle Carol! Here's to many buches to come!

  17. Bonne annee, Carol! What a winter wonderland you are finding...forest-fulls of cakes, each truly amazing.


  18. Happy New Year, Carol! I'd have chosen that one, too. Looks good. I used to make a buche noel, but I'd make it look like a log with a cut off side branch thing, too--it was a lot of work, but fun to make and it did taste good. I'd put meringue mushrooms to the side. I forgot all about making those things!

  19. hmmmm...sooooort of like this:

    mine was lighter, and not as thick and heavy looking as this...

  20. Anonymous4:21 PM

    Thrilled that you are IN PARIS! If anyone deserves to be there, you do!

    I have a question about your daily journal. Are the pages of a certain paper to allow you to use your watercolors?

    Many thanks and Bonne Annee! And wishes for a prosperous and successful year!


  21. It's yr everyday daily Moleskine diary Harriet
    All I could find yesterday on New Year's Eve !!
    New York has a. Ginger selection i gotta say
    Who knew?

  22. Anonymous4:31 PM

    happy new year.....i hope you are well and happy and warm.....love your blog.....thank you for the pleasure your watercolours, photos and words give

  23. Anonymous4:47 PM

    Thank you Carol, thank you for your posts. I keep them all hoping someday I could go to Paris again.
    I wish you & Bear a fantastic 2013.
    Keep posting. You have many, many fans.
    Kindest regards, Christina

    1. Thank You Christina for the very kind message.
      I hope you can return to Paris some day

    2. Anonymous5:01 PM

      So happy you are in Paris for New Years !
      For those of us who aren't there please keep giving us those great posts!
      Thanks Nancy

  24. Anonymous4:53 PM

    Happy new year to you, too. Keep these emails coming!
    They inspire dreams of Paris and my next trip, which cannot be soon enough.

    Best wishes

  25. Anonymous5:10 PM

    Fun to see through your lens.
    Bonne Annee !
    K T G & J

  26. I LOVE your 1st 2013 page!! About the images in your photos: if all that sweetness translates into happiness, then we are all going to have a très très très belle année filled with bonheur!!! Did you see the feu d'artifice in Paris last night? I saw them from all over the world on TV5 today.

  27. I, too, am hoping for pictures of the Paris New Year's eve celebration. What a happy way to spend the beginning of 2013, in Paris! I hope you have a great year of blogging and painting.

  28. Great looking sweets - I like the chocolates the best!

  29. Anonymous12:25 AM

    looked up Mrs- Dalloway, Rumpelmayer's there, in the first paragraph:

    Mrs. Dalloway said she would buy the flowers herself.

    For Lucy had her work cut out for her. The doors would be taken off their hinges; Rumpelmayer's men were coming. And then, thought Clarissa Dalloway, what a morning--fresh as if issued to children on a beach.

    Isn't it amazing how people like Rumpelmayer managed to be so successful in various countries? We always think that nowadays we are mobile, but our forefathers were not idle either.


    1. Great quote Merisi in Vienna
      Yr always in the know!!

  30. Anonymous12:49 AM

    Carol: You are killing me with the marron buche--I remember one Christmas getting marron glace covered in chocolate at Pierre Herme but they didn';t have them the next year---been craving them ever since. Had the Payard buche of carmel salted butter buche this year--was fabulous. Waiting for your Three Kings Cake and the Feve report!! Bonne Anee LuLu

  31. Congratulations for devouring the entire slice and especially in Paris. Happy New Year to you!

  32. Love your diary, love the buches, and love that you're in Paris! What a fabulous way to start a new year! Best wishes to you and Bear.

  33. Bonne annee! Great pictures


  34. Happy New Year to you too Carol, how lovely to spend a New Year in Paris (still on the wishlist for me). I must say I would have picked Angelina's buche de noel. A buche de noel is still on the wishlist for me too.


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