Paris at Christmas

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This was the Shoe Christmas tree at the Christian Louboutin Boutique in Paris.

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More shoes from the Chrstian Louboutin Tree.

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Window at Hediard Place de La Madeleine

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Christmas window at Hediard

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This box of Laduree Macaroons, cost 600 euro.

Just the thing for those who have everything.

La Madeleine

The Church had a strange but compelling Creche for 2012

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creche La Madeleine Paris 2012

creche at la madeleine

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Christmas Windows at Au Bon Marché

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Bon Marché

Old Advertising Posters for Au Bon Marché

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La Grande Epicerie is the food hall of Au Bon Marché, the Left Bank Department Store, that has to be the most beautiful store in the world.

It’s always quiet and calm and a haven of luxury design, whether it’s fashion, furniture, kitchen equipment, books every desirable object you can imagine.

La grand Epicerie is a treat to visit and just as you want everything in the Bon Marché you want everything in L.G.E.

Here’s an easy little recipe for some almond biscuits that are delicious and similar to Macaroons, but a lot easier to make. And less expensive than Laduree.

Orange Biscuits or Boules a L’orange.

Adapted from an Anne Willan recipe .

Makes 40-45

250g almonds,  ground

250g icing sugar

125g candied orange peel, cut into small pieces

3 egg whites

Finish with

A bowl of icing sugar and an egg white slightly whisked.

Oven at 200°c

Line a baking tray with non stick baking paper. Don’t use silpat. The result is less good.

In the food processor,mix together the ground almonds, the orange peel and the icing sugar.

With the blade still turning add the egg whites slowly until the mixture is moist but not sticky.

Shape the mixture with your hands into walnut size balls. Roll each of them in egg white , then in the icing sugar

and place on the baking tray. Bake in the hot oven for 10-12 minutes until they crack on top but are still soft inside. 

Remove from the paper and pt on a wire rack to cool.  They will keep in an airtight container for up to 2-3 weeks. But they will get hard over time.

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