Saturday, December 15, 2012

2012 Virtual Advent Tour: Day 15

And so we begin the third week of the tour! For me, I have suddenly realised that I have a week until I have to have everything ready and I am not sure that I am going to make it. I am dealing with that by sitting at home blogging, but I am sure the Christmas fairies will be here soon to make it all happen!

Here are the tour stops for today:

*Joy Weese Moll @ Joy's Book Blog
*Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

Today's quote comes from pages 81-82 of Paris in Love by Eloisa James - my love of reading about Paris continued this year, and this book was one that fed that love!

And then came December in Paris. Overnight our neighbourhood covered marked, Marche Saint-Quentin, was transformed into the movie set for a Dickens musical, complete with garlands and strings of lights. Our favourite fromagerie put out boxes of tiny quail eggs and three hitherto unfamiliar kinds of chevre, produced only for the Christmas season. I was staggered by a mound of fresh mushrooms, big and ruffled like hats for elderly churchgoing fairies. I twas only when the marchand de fruits asked me if I was quite sure I wanted that many that I realized this particular fungus cost the same as our rent.

Paris is always a materialist's playground, but December is in a class by itself. One day I wandered into the gourmet department of Galeries Lafayette to find that it had sprouted tables piled high with decorative flourishes for holiday baking: jars of edible gold leaf, silver stars, candied violets. The display was designed to tempt the unwary shopper not to gluttony per se - but rather to the pure beauty of food, to the ways it can be decorated and dusted and presented, turned into something that can take your breath away. I instantly succumbed to a wild desire for Staub mini-cocottes, enameled in a shiny burnt crimson. I bought eight of them, kissing the dream of an austere kitchen goodbye. Surely antioxidants taste better in cocottes.

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