Monday, January 13, 2014

Rouge Tomate

I'm always on the lookout for any excuse to paint red cherries. Sunday was full of tomato reds.
When I spotted Coco and Sarah's cherry tomato tarte I filed it away in my head keeping an eye out for these babies.  The Sunday Marché Bastille never disappoints. Though the prices ran the gamut from 5-8€ a kilo. Ouch. I got a vender down to 4ish at the end of the marché when prices drop and bought a half kilo(1pound).
Paris marches lift the spirits. The colors, aromas and general hubbub are a great distraction.
This poissoniere had plates/plateau of fish, scallops, crabs etc. at fixed prices so you knew exactly what you're getting - such a good idea. If I wasn't headed across town I would have bought a plateau of Normandie scallops.
On Place Saint Germain, Librairie La Hune's windows were full of tomato red paintings by Kveta Pacovska.
There's a vernissage/opening on Thursday - Centre tchèque 18 rue Bonaparte 75006
And a book signing at La Hune on Saturday at 4-6 18 rue de l'Abbaye 75006 I bought this folding book last year when I first discovered Pacovska's work.
On to my favorite Paris shop, art store Charvin 25 quai des Augustins.
Their tomato red sketchbooks with gold corners are irresistible.
And they're open on Sundays!
Pretty yummy no?
A customer entered with a parrot case on his arm. I suppose it's not just dogs need to go out for spin..
Grey Polly or whatever her name is, was hiding bright red tomato tail feathers.
Time to head chez moi and get cracking on the tarte tomate...
Across Pont Neuf looking back at Charvin - the round windows to the left of the tree...
A quick turn into Place Dauphine near the pont, there's a cute little bistro, Ma Salle A Manger. Have you eaten here? The food is Basque and it's got red everywhere.
I decided to flip Coco's tomato pie and make it into a carmelized tarte tatin. But I suppose I should have flipped over the little tomatoes cut side facing up. Instead the tomatoes caramelized and stuck to the pan at the crucial turning point. I should have just followed Coco's tried and true recipe. It's one thing to mess with paints and another to change a recipe radically. It did taste quite nice even if it looks awful ;))

31 comments:

  1. Linda M9:09 AM

    Always love your color series.
    Isn't there French restaurant Rouge Tomate in New York?

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  2. Thanks for pointing out Pacovska - love the whimsical and colorful works and the Sunday market at the Bastille is our favorite when we are in Paris - my husband insists on getting The Chicken Lady's chicken and potatoes even though we are in a hotel. They let us eat our lunch in their little breakfast room.

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    1. I can NEVER find ze Chicken lady!!!
      ;((

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  3. I don't know..looks pretty tasty to me what you made:)
    I always love your red paintings..and that store:) and those red books..
    The parrot?

    As long as Tippi wasn't there..I guess..
    We have someone in our town who once had a pet parrot and the parrot walked everywhere with him..:) and someone had a pet pig..and someone....

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  4. Anonymous11:50 AM

    I love Charvin! It was such a great "stumble upon" for me in Paris. Of course I was walking along to some of the other great and colorful food locations I learned from your blog. Yum. Keep up the good work.

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  5. What a wonderful post:
    Red is one of our favorite colors, Pacovska is one of our favorite illustrators (we have many of her books), AND we love art supplies. Tripley good...then there are the tomatoes, oh yes, then there's you!! Thank for being wonderful and sharing your passions!!

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  6. enough drooling -- I am leaving for Paris on Wednesday evening. thanks for inspiring me to eat everything that appears in front of my face (just a wee taste, though!)

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  7. Join the club!
    Check out my Facebook page.
    DANGER ahead

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  8. Your tart looks delicious!

    I hope you have a great week.

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  9. Carol, Your photo out the door of Charvin captured the front door of our new apartment! I bought a set of travel brushes at Charvin last April. I love that little shop. See you in April!!

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  10. Leslie9:41 PM

    I am absolutely swooning over this post. I tried to describe the contents to my husband....looked a bit disinterested....then I had him look/read....raised eyebrows....you have a new reader! I have had the pleasure of going to Paris many times (this past summer with grandchildren) and you just make it come alive for me...as though I am there. Thank you for the ������ you bring to my morning

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  11. Ahh I think I am in love! The colors, the food, THE STORE, and the bird! Now if only I had the superpower to teleport!

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  12. Hi Carol- do you like Charvin as much as Senellier?

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    1. They are both very pretty but I shop on 13, rue de la grand Chaumier in the 14th
      At Maison Gattegno
      If I could afford it I would buy up Charvin tomato red sketchbooks by the dozen.

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  13. Kathleen in CA12:58 AM

    Good day. For those of us who are struggling with our French here in the US, could you please post the recipe for cherry tomato tarte in English?

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    1. Wow serious?!
      Here goes:
      Heat a bit of olive oil + butter in a frying pan that can go into the oven.
      Throw in a chopped onion + a chopped clove of garlic + salt etc.
      Brown then set aside.
      Repeat the butter + olive oil and lay in halves of cherry tomatoes (but this time cut side facing up so they don't glue to the pan bottom once caramelized like mine did). Let them cook until slightly softened.
      Turn off heat.
      Then throw on top last minute a handful of chopped flat leaf parsley, crumbled dried spearmint leaves, some za'atar for flavor and the reserved browned garlic-onion combo.
      I used the ready-made puff pastry cut in a circle to lay on top of this mess.
      But first i smeared on it some black olive tapenade for added flavor.
      Be sure to punch holes in the pastry with a fork.
      Let it brown and puff up in the oven 15-20 minutes all in the original fry pan.
      Remove and let it sit a few minutes on top.
      Then take a slightly larger plate, place on top and pray.
      Turn the pan over and hope the cherry tomatoes don't stick, but if they do just scrape em back on top of the tarte.
      Et voila.
      I made a pear tarte tatin this way and the caramelized onion tarte.
      It's not rocket science if i can do it ;))

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    2. Carolyn3:12 AM

      Good job replying the person wanting you to translate the tomato tarte recipe! Such patience in explaining how to make it!!!!
      I love the photos in Charvin. I love, love, love that store! Talk about a candy store!

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    3. Parisbreakfast3:15 AM

      Hmmm...I forgot the dash of crema Basamica..
      Kitchen sink tarte

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  14. Renata2:23 AM

    Your tarte looks perfect!

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  15. Anonymous2:52 AM

    I love going into that Charvin shop. It is such a feel good space! I swoon over the long linen smocks/dusters. While I would love to have one, I laugh just visualizing myself in one since you should be a really serious artist to pull that off! Carolyn

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  16. La Hune & Charvin...wonderful! Thank you! & for the lovely distant view too. Cooking, Bravo!

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  17. Well, the tart looks fabulous. And oh! That Pacovska book is a gem. What a perfect treasure. My list (which already grew a few minutes ago with the theater) is getting longer -- I MUST visit this art store! No doubts. It definitely moves up near the top tier! I cannot resist!

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  18. Carol, I've just had a bit of a catch up on your recent posts, and thoroughly enjoyed every bit. Charvin looks completely enticing, and I agree with you about those red sketchbooks. Wow!

    I disagree with you about your tomato tart being a mess...it looks delicious. I would gladly have accepted a slice. xo

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  19. I love your pics of the art store, interiors, exteriors, the parrot....great!
    The night shot across the Seine is a winner, too!
    The pie looks good :)

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  20. Your instructions are delightful. "I used the ready-made puff pastry cut in a circle to lay on top of this mess." I really want to make this now. :)

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  21. What a delightful tarte tomate Carol. It doesn't look messy it looks rustic and homemade, and delicious. I was surprised to see such lovely cherry tomatoes at the market in your winter. But you put them to such a lovely seasonal use. How wonderful to see an African Grey shopping for paint! And how extraordinary to take an African Grey shopping! They are very expensive parrots. I didn't know that they had that little splash of red.

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  22. Wow, now you ARE cooking! ;-)

    it's the 15th of January, and I still have not seen a 14th January post. I hope all's alright over there in Parigi.
    Hugs,
    M. xxx

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    1. I'm afraid I've become a bit irregular in Paris. Posts are sometimes more complicated and take longer to figure out.
      Be patient.
      Good things come to those who wait.

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  23. Louise10:52 AM

    What a delightful tarte tomate Carol. It doesn't look messy it looks rustic and homemade, and delicious. I was surprised to see such lovely cherry tomatoes at the market in your winter. But you put them to such a lovely seasonal use. How wonderful to see an African Grey shopping for paint! And how extraordinary to take an African Grey shopping! They are very expensive parrots. I didn't know that they had that little splash of red

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    1. An African Grey?!
      Here I thought it was a mousy female with a dash of red...
      Who knew?

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  24. Anonymous10:51 AM

    The last Parisbreakfasts I received was Jan. 13, 2014. I resubscribed. I hope it helps. I so enjoy your blog. Thank you!

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