Another week gone..
One of my daughters is in Belgium w/ her son for 2 weeks.
I would have never been that adventurous..
LOL maybe I was nipped in the bud in that respect~
It's lavender season here..
Paltry in my gardens I lost so much!
Still I took pics and made some lavender lemon madeleines today after pruning the roses..
Make no mistake..Polar Ice is work.
But I want a second flush:)
I love the way I make madeleines..I sound so sure of myself.
But I am:)
As a Canadian..I keep reading how polite and apologetic we are..so true..
I vary the kinds now:)
Daisies are popping ..small Fairy roses..
Poppies..The ones that self seed..
Herbs are getting stellar so I made my salted herbs..
Google and pick the recipe you like..sometimes I make w/ a full 1 1/2 cups of parsley sometimes not..this time I added garlic scapes..
I love having these in the fridge all year long for soups and stews.
A good way to start is here..
I wanted to applaud these watercolors..handmade..that I won on IG..
They are made by Stoneworks Mill that you can find on IG and Etsy.
And the very talented artist Kateri Ewing as her book was part of the gifts and I can't wait to get into it.
I painted the small squares of a store I love..
and a poppy of mine..
Great practice..different styles,different papers.
Also..we had near tornado weather yesterday..after a few months of knowing yesterday was coming it came..actually a true tornado north of us..
A Gardenbuddy I have corresponded for 100 yrs with..came to town with her husband.
Arlene and Larry.
We met in person 15 yrs ago..
and again yesterday.
After nurturing the gardens perhaps a touch more w/ Arlene in mind..
We woke to thunder and downpours after such beautiful sunny Provence days here..
And it was a deluge..so Jacques and I decided to take them to a nearby town..that is a bit touristy..
We walked around a bit in humidity and greige..
Then sat for a drink by the water..not to eat there..just a cool drink.
WE NEVER LEFT..and changed tables 4 times inching our ways closer and closer to inside..as the tempest..tempested and increased in strength as we moved along!
By the time we had witnessed a tropical storm in QC..and were snuggled in a moody bench indoors..
Our meals arrived and we lost power.
We ate in total darkness like famous restos..apart from Arlene's I phone propped on something..lighting tiny corners of our meals:)
Not the visit I had planned..but remember Paris?
Well she has not changed one yr in 15.
Such nice people..
Today she went to Old Mtl..and seemed to have a great time.She went on the ferris wheel.I have not even seen my ferris wheel.
She ate in a favored spot of mine and took loads of pics and shopped a touch more.
She said she had a great day.
SO HAPPY ABOUT THAT.
We will have some Long Island Rosé to their health..
ok and ours..
I'll wear a peony tshirt w/ a stunning photo A took..
and freshen up w/ Lavender towelettes..
A day to remember;)
Again..I wish you a lovely weekend.
Please know I love keeping in touch with you.
You are treats to me.
Here is how my madeleines turn out perfect for us.
Hopefully for you to.
Prep a madeleine mold.
I would love to find a heart one.WS had one and discontinued it..
So I use silicone..nine cavity ..it sits on a small rack.
You will need a scale.
Start by mixing 2 eggs and 80 gr of sugar.See what I did below for these lemon lav ones.
I use a hand mixer.
Blend until paler in color and foamy.
Add 50 gr of cooled melted butter,and a tsp of honey (or not).
Then add 90 gr of flour that you have mixed 1/2 tsp of baking powder into.
add 1/2 an envelope of of vanilla sugar and mix well..I use a full one.
For this lemon lav recipe I had rubbed my sugar w/ a tsp of lemon zest.
And added a tsp of culinary lavender..but add to taste.
Fill prepped molds not full..but I do a bit more than half..
If you are using a silicone mat and it doesn't have a stand..lay on a solid baking sheet.You need support w/ silicone.
Star by baking in a 400F oven for 5 minutes..
lower the heat to 350 and bake an additional 10 mins or so.
You want to see a BUMP.
Let cool..dip in a lemon/icing sugar glaze..add a few sprinkles of lavender or dust w/ icing sugar.