you bet i made a beeline back to au fond du jardin and bought some madeleines. the flavors changed. the forms changed. but still the same deliciousness as the first time. i also bought some the most heavenly scented tea, but i ended up giving it away. all the more reason to come back in the spring! *plus the shopkeeper remembered me!
also made a stop at weiss chocolatier. i’m in love with their rouge baiser bar. white chocolate crammed with dried red berries. crammed to the point that the bar is no longer white, but a lovely light pink.
i always make a stop at the windows of patisserie christian. here you can see their interpretation of the traditional bûche de noël.
each year they have a guest market where a country is invited to set up their version of a christmas market. this year it was russia’s turn. isn’t that such a wonderful way to have a glimpse into another culture’s way of celebrating christmas?
sadly, imported tacky goods have also flooded the markets. but if you look hard enough, you can find things that are representative of alsace. like these springerle molds to make cookies. which i of course bought and will be making cookies eventually!
always end with a good meal. in this case, my friend V made some chicken with a roquefort sauce. melt roquefort, butter, crème fraîche (sour cream is the closest thing in america) together with some mushrooms, then cook some chicken breasts in it. so simple, so good!
i love the subtle differences that a city goes through with the change of seasons. autumn in strasbourg, check. winter in strasbourg, check. spring in strasbourg… let’s hope!