It has been five years since our grandson Noah was killed in the Sandy Hook massacre. Five years. The grief and shock are not letting up. The loss is there, unyielding, massive, like a rock in the middle of a rushing river. Time has been divided ever since into a before and an after.
A bit(e) of France in the heart of Texas! There is no better way to describe Baguette et Chocolat. First there is the name of course. Lovely to my ears as, growing up in Paris, I had baguette and chocolate for goûter (afternoon snack) every day when I got home from school. To this day it remains one of my favorite treats (recipe: take a long-ish piece of crisp yet airy baguette, do NOT slice it open, push an elongated bar of dark chocolate (four squares should do it)into the crumb until the whole chocolate is engulfed), then close your eyes and bite. Tell me if that doesn’t beat most pastries any day of the week!) [Read more…]
I have seen plenty of bakeries over the years and as long as they made real bread, I don’t think I have ever forgotten any of them. The thing about bakeries making real bread is that they have a soul. And the soul is what stays with you. Small Food Bakery (SFB) in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, is a case in point.
Last May was my first time ever in Yorkshire and I fell in love. Hard. Of course it helped that we were there during a long spell of uninterrupted sunshine and that having been an avid fan of the Brontë sisters’ novels and the James Herriot veterinary stories all my life, I knew in my bones before I even got there that I would fall under the spell.