Thursday, October 31, 2013

Salon du Chocolat - Tartiner

I love Burnt Sienna. It's my favorite watercolor. Is it because it's the color of caramels?
The Salon du Chocolat this year was flooded with pate de tartiner of noisette/hazelnuts and caramel au beurre sale.
Throw out your salted butter PBers. France is now putting these two yummy spreads on their toast in the morning.
The tartiner de noisette from Basques Paries is...are there words to describe this? Smooth, lush, intensely nutty. They now have a shop in Paris at 9bis rue Saint Placide 75006
I bought one from Pascal Legac too. Fortunately Geraldine of PPP took it off my hands (this is what friends are for). Can one person have two jars of noisette tartiner in the house, especially if that person would flunk the 'Marshmallow Test' in a clin d'oeil/wink. I think not.
The jars are sooooo beautiful.
Running out of euros helps build resistance!
I love these old-fashioned granny jars...maim
During the shoot at Frederic Cassel Fontainebleau for the Winter items for the new catalog,
Chef Cassel got to hold a spoon with dripping caramel. It's hard work but someone has to do it. He opened a year old jar ("vintage' caramel?) for the drip. We all took a taste and lived to tell the tale.I was told at the Salon,
Do not put your tartiner in the fridge.
And eat it up within 10 days.
When Louise saw my picture yesterday of Henri Le Roux' pain perdu she had to have it.
Fortunately I turned up and we shared a taste.
So many jars of caramel.
So little resistance.
On the confiserie/candy floor (stand E4) do not miss these 4th generation caramels from Les Nicettes.
Made by two young entrepreneurs, these caramels are to die for IMHO, artisanal, sans colorant and sans conservateur. I'm hoping Le Bonbon au Palais will carry them so I don't have to go to the Pyrenees for my next hit.
If you'd like to make your own, the NYTimes has a recipe to follow front page.


  1. I think I love burnt sienna now too:)

    And Weck type jars are my very favorites.. with some turquoise Ball jars:)

    Darling the last aquarelle.

    1. I dont think I've seen them outside France...I thout they were strictly Frenchie...

  2. Sadly my pantry shelves are totally lacking in caramels, hazelnut spread and gorgeous jars so I am making do with the Halloween candy for the little goblins. Sigh.

  3. Caramel in heaven please.

  4. Tres delish! I got that from you. It's my new favorite phrase. (Autocorrect keeps trying to turn it into tres selfish! That would be me hoarding caramels.) Bises!

    1. Hahahaha
      I didnt know I was saying it ;))

  5. Fab-u-lous post.From now on, every time I use Burnt sienna palette I'll be thinking of caramels.The sketch portrait is such fun. I must try that, now that you gave me your tip for sketching.

  6. Not crazy about caramel, but I love your photos & your watercolors!

  7. I received your package yesterday and the watercolor portraits are beautiful!! I love the gold paint accent which doesn't come through when viewing a photo. Thank you so much for creating such beautiful works of art. Kate and Owen's mom, Joni, is going to be thrilled with their portraits.
    I also want to thank you for including all of the delicious looking confectioners cards. I'll have some new places to put on our list for the next time we're in Paris which, hopefully, will be in July.

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