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Madeleines – An Afternoon with Proust

Catching up on my reading, I recently finished the French classic Du Côté de Chez Swann by Marcel Proust. In the first volume of the acclaimed series La Recherche, Proust reminisces a long forgotten childhood memory when tasting a madeleine dipped into a cup of tea. The unique flavours of the soft madeleine, almost dissolved after being dipped into the cup of tea, suddenly call back to mind the afternoons spent as a little boy at his aunt’s countryside house of Combray. It is incredible how the power of taste can awaken long gone moments that come rushing back in waves, as if time had had no effect at all. I must say I was quite fascinated by this famous episode of French literature, so much so that it gave me the idea to interpret it in pictures. Here are a few.

Madeleines with vanilla pods

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Madeleines - with crumbs

 

Interior of a Swiss Chalet

The end of the ski season has sadly arrived, with the rise of temperatures and  the melting of the already scarce snow. It has however brought back the sun and its nice terrace lunches. It was on one of those days, during my last trip to Switzerland in March, that I took some pictures of a beautiful typical chalet. Set in the lovely village of Champéry, in the Valais region, it is a convenient 1hour and 15 min drive from Geneva. A blessing for the lucky Swiss people who have adopted it as their week-end retreat. This gorgeous chalet was decorated very much in keeping with the traditional style of Swiss mountain abodes, but with a slight international twist. The fair wood, comfortable furniture and great features such as the wood burner bring warmth and cosiness, while personal souvenirs such as the Russian porcelain wall lamps give the chalet a very intimate feel. A big thanks to Christine and Diego, the wonderful hosts who allowed me to take those pictures.

1 Drawing room - Dining Table 2 Dining Table with open window - Wood Burner 3 Frames & wall lamp - Bag of flavours

Vivienne Westwood Red Label – AW 2014

Here’s a small selection of pictures from the Vivienne Westwood Red Label show in Paris for Autumn-Winter 2014. The mood was very retro with tight curls and red lips, lovely checkered jackets and long coats with pearls, hats and gloves. Gloriously chic!

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Belgian Waffles with dark chocolate sauce

Belgian waffles are such a great treat for those feeling a bit naughty around tea time. Sprinkled with icing sugar and dipped into dark melted chocolate – it doesn’t get any better! And the best thing is, when you’re done devouring your golden – tender on the inside, crispy on the outside – waffles, then you still have the pans, spoons and whisk, all coated in chocolate, to “take care of”.

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Blueberry Tart

Here’s another fruit tart that I really wanted to try, with blueberries and custard this time. How delicious does it look?

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Photography: Astrid Templier – http://www.astridtemplierphotography.com

Styling: Marta Wojtczak

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