Well, I am still alive and well in Paris, although a bit behind on blogging. I figured I'd upload a few pictures, since that is quite easy, and start catching up this weekend. We have a three day weekend (on fait le pont), and I'll try to catch up with posts on my birthday here in Paris, my trip to Berlin, and my trip to Nashville. I have some white asparagus in the fridge, so maybe even a post about whatever I make with those!
This is Pierre Herme's Ispahan Croissant. Ispahan is his combination of Rose, Litchi and Raspberry, and I am just in love with it. This was the last one they had one day (I figure the more symetrical ones sold first), so I snatched it up and took it home, again excerising patience I didn't realize I had. You gotta bring it home to take a picture of it! This combination is simply divine, and in every incarnation of it I have adored it. Macaron, croissant, mille feuille... delicieux!
So these were an attempt at the very very popular Chocolate Chip Cookie I used to serve at work, but alas, even with imported brown sugar (thanks sis), they didn't turn out quite right. Luckily the high quality chocolate saved them, but between eyeing the measurements, and baking them in an oven that burns the bottom of almost everything, they came out just on the side of edible. I have some more brown sugar, so I'll have to try again.
The other day, I saw these beautiful eggplant at the grocery store! I didn't even have to go to the market to spot these beauties. I sauteed them, and served them with some tarragon and pasta, it was an unusual combo, but it worked!