it’s a mix of sugar, salted butter (don’t even think about unsalted), almonds, flour, eggs, vanilla, and rum.
vanilla is such a common ingredient in pastries today. but think about the past. when things came from abroad. when you had to wait for months. when each time a ship sailed into port, there was always something exotic to discover.
and so all the richness of the world passed through nantes’ port, especially rum and vanilla from the antilles islands in the caribbean.
and one day, when you get around to making this cake, you’ll share the recipe and results.
and of course an amazing hazelnut pain au chocolat that was eaten too quickly before a photo was made. plus a baguette de tradition. plus a cornbread. plus everything else inside that made your mouth water.
and you’re incredibly jealous your friend lives two steps away from here. talk about a dangerous walk in the morning!
and life as well, it’s all about light.
physically. spiritually. mentally. light is important.
you’re off to paris. then evreux. then paris. and from paris, you’re off to where you’re going to spend christmas.
PS: a small note from the present. today is 1.11.11. so make a wish!