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French Friday Food.....

Recipe and photo from here

For those of you on the ball, you may have thought that I made an error in the title of this post as I have reversed the words Friday and Food so instead of French Food Friday you get French Friday Food.

There is a reason as this weeks recipe is not French but it is a recipe that I served for lunch on Sunday and everyone (all were French) loved it......I took a huge risk as Guinness is relatively unknown in country France but it went down a treat.

Note I did cheat a little and added a bit of sugar to take away the tartness of the beer.

Guinness and Beef Stew

Serves 4
Preparation and cooking times Prep 20 mins
Cook 2 hrs - 3 hrs


2 …


photo from here

As the French say these lamp shades/abat jours are charmant and excatly what I am looking for.
I am hoping to find 5 matching antique shades and I will be a very happy kiwi girl.....
bonne journée à tous, Leeann x

staying cosy...

Bonjour mes belles,

It is a grey  and humid here and I have just returned from posting an order to Australia and whilst there was asked about the weather in in Australia and New Zealand, hence I have sunshine on my mind.

The lamp that you see in the photo above, is a recent gift from French Boyfriend and I am happy as it creates a little brightness and I love the concept of creating a lamp using a birdcage.....also love the idea that the bird does not leave a mess to clean up after.

Birdcages are all the rage at present in France and every shop that you go into appears to have objects that feature birds whether it is a jewellery stand, key case, candle holder or simply a bird cage that use to decorate.

Not sure if this is unique to France or is a worldwide thing and would be interested to know if it is the same around the world.....

I had better get to work as I have received more stock for fabulously french and also have a poorly FBF so am also playing nurse today.

à demain, Leeann

I want a pair....

photo from here
.....exactly like this! Not terribly practical but who cares.

They are fabulous and made a rainy grey morning a smiley one.

....bonne journée à tous, Leeann x

my idea of heaven....

Yesterday we spent the day in Bordeaux as it was the first day of a 2 week Antique fair and what a fabulous day it was.

I have never seen so many beautiful chandeliers, mirrors and other fabulous French objects in one place.

We had lunch at one of our favourite restaurants which ironically, is situated in the middle of an antique market hence I could chine whilst waiting for my lunch to idea of heaven.

the view from our table....
After lunch I made a beeline for the stall that I could see from our table and French Boyfriend negotiated a good price for a chandelier that I had my eye on. Note there was also a fabulous mirror with cherubs that I adored so have a feeling that we will making another trip to Bordeaux next week. 

For anyone in the area, I would recommend the antiques fair as there are so many fabulous items to chosse from. It started yesterday and finishes on the 9th of December.

bon week-end à tous, Leeann x

French Food Friday...Confit d'Oignon

I always have at least several jars of Confit d'Oignon in my cupboard; it goes well with so many different types of dishes & recipes.  We eat it with foie gras but you can serve it with charcuterie, terrines & cheeses; and is a great addition to vegetables, soups, stews or as a sauce for steaks.  I also use it when making  tarts, quiches and it makes a normal  toasted cheese sandwich taste that bit tastier. Make a few jars as  it is expensive to buy, even here in France; it is a good idea to make several jars when onions are cheap or you have a glut in your garden.  You can make it with red or yellow onions, red onions gives the finished confit a fantastic colour but any onion will work with this recipe.

1 kg onion, red ot yellow, peeled & cut in half & sliced thinly
100 ml olive oil
1 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 bay leaves
2 rosemary sprigs
150 g soft brown sugar
75 ml dry white wine


photo from here

Now that is what I call a chandelier, just need to start collecting lots of pearl necklaces.....
Bonne journée à tous, Leeann x

Pièce de résistance....

Think that this may well be my Pièce de résistance. I adore it but am not quite sure what I will do with it. Antique ciel de lits/bed crowns  are getter harder to find and when I saw this one, I knew I just had to have it.

I love the shape of it and think that it would look fabulous hanging above a day bed......hence it will be sitting with the other projects for winter in my garage, which there is quite a collection of and I have a feeling that it is going to be a busy winter.

Note I had not had time to photograph the new tablecloth but it is on my list of things to do.

.....à demain mes belles, Leeann x

Weekened tresors....

Bonjour mes belles,

As normal I am running late hence this is a quick post to say that I have started updating the shop with some of the weekends treasures and more will be added tomorrow.

First up is a fabulous set of 5 damask napkins which are stunning and are in immaculate condition, there is also a matching table cloth which I will photograph and list tomorrow; it measures 94 " x 55".

Next up is another lovely set of damask napkins which have a red cross stitched monograzmme and there is 10 of them in this set.

The final item for today is this 1880's holy water font/benitier which really is a stunning and rare piece, love the rocaille style which is so different to those you normally find.

Here are the links to the listings.....…

What a good idea.....

photo from here As you know I am a fan of fairy lights as I think that they transform something normal into something magical...this photo is a wonderful example and I love it.
I hope you are all having a fabulous  Sunday. We had an early start and found some fabulous tresors including some stunning antique napkins + matching tablecloth along with another set of antique napkins with red monogramme, antique map of the Dordogne and a benitier dating back to the 1880's.
Oops also forgot the most unusual which is a ciel de lit still covered in original silk - dirty but fabulously French.
Photos and details tomorrow......
Trés bonne soirée à tous, Leeann x

love this...Marilyn & No.5

photo from here
Experience an intimate moment with an icon, made public for the first time. Forever, Marilyn and N°5. Click here to view. bon week-end à tous, Leeann x

French Food Friday...Poires gratinées au roquefort

recipe and photo from here
This weeks recipe is a simple but tasty one as the saltiness of the roquefort compliments the sweetness of the pears.....English version appears below should you wish to practise your French first!
Ingrédients150 g de  roquefort 4 belles  poires  pas trop mûres75 g de mascarpone30 g de pignons de pin1 petit verre de porto ou de banyuls1/2 citron RecetteAllumez le grill du four. Épluchez les poires et coupez-les en deux. Frottez-les aussitôt avec le demi-citron pour éviter que la chair ne noircisse. À l’aide d’une petite cuillère ôtez le cœur et creusez un trou un peu plus grand. Disposez ces demi-poires sur un plat. Écrasez le roquefort avec le mascarpone et le porto et remplissez en le coeur des poires. Parsemez de pignons, poivrez et faites gratiner au four 10 minutes environ. Ingredients..... • 150 gRoquefort
•4 largepearsnot too ripe
• 75 gmascarpone
• 30 gof pine nuts
•1 small glass ofPort orBanyuls
•1/2 lemon Method....
Turn on the grill.

Peel the pearsand cut themin …

i LOVE these photos....

photos from here How stunning are these photos? When I first saw them, they took my breath away.....I love the detail and the colours. To see more of the series, click here. à plus tard, Leeann x

so pretty....

I could not resist sharing this photo of the village in which we live;Eymet, with you.

This morning it will not be as calm looking as it is market day so the village square will be full of market stands and hopefully lots of customers. It is going to be warm today; 21 degrees which is not bad for November.

à la prochaine,Leeann x

Hanging in my hall....

My petite boutique is accessed using the same entrance as for Maison No. 20 so I have started to hang a few decorations for Noel, in order to get my customers in the Christmas mood.

The rest of the house will be decorated at the begining of December which is now not that far away.

I found these vintage ice skates at a local vide grenier back in Spring of this year and was happy when I found them as I have not seen any like them here in SW France which is  probably due to the fact that there is not a lot of ice skating that takes place in the winter.

Note it took me a while to thread the ribbon as the ribbon was a lot wider than the holes, hence I really had to push it through but I got there in the end.

Have you started any Christmas projects yet? I am finding that pinterest is full of ideas and I love seeing what other people are pinning and/or are making for Christmas.
Bonne journée à tous, Leeann x

as seen in lonny...

photo from

Looks like someone else loves deer's heads as much as I do.
You can see more photos in the fabulous lonny magazine.

amicalement, Leeann x

sunday treasure....

Bonsoir mes belles,

Apologies for the lateness of this post but it has been a busy day and I have a feeling that the week is going to be pretty much the same.

Yesterday we went to a vide grenier in the nearby village of Duras and despite the fog, managed to find a few treasures including the lamp shades that you see above. These were my first purchase of the day and I was happy as my chandelier in my shop is bare, due to the fact that one of my lovely customers bought almost all of the lampshades that I had in stock, a few weeks ago.

The next purchase was a set of monogrammed nakins which are in the process of being laundered along with this fabulous 1880's Napoleon III Cross, which really is an unusual and very decorative piece.

I love the detail on the cross......

Last and this happens to be my most favourite purchase, was this gorgeous trio.......

You can imagine the looks and comments as I carried this lot to the car, and they weigh a lot as I found out.

One is already hanging in th…

Printemps Vitrine Paris, Noel 2012...

Bonsoir mes belles,

I hope that you like watching this video of the Printemps Store in Paris, Christmas window display created by the very fabulous here to view.

....à demain, Leeann x

like a moth to the flame.....

Bonjour mes belles,

What I am about to tell you must stay between you and I.

By day I am a lover of all things neutral and chez moi reflects this. For some reason by night,  as if my magic I am drawn like a moth to the flame, to all items that twinkle in the darkness hence I am loving my new fairy lights,each of which is covered in the most fabulous etched glass.

I bought them to decorate my hall with but they have magically installed themselves in my bedroom and I adore them.....think bollywood meets France!

To me, they are fabulous and add a touch of colour and warmth to a chilly evening in SW France....

....Bon week-end à tous, Leeann x

French Food Friday....Christmas Yule Log

recipe and photo from here
I am in the mood to cook something festive, maybe it is beacuse I have just finished sprinkling "snow" in my boutique window......hence Pere Noel now has something to ski on.

As if we need an excuse to cook and eat chocalate cake, I call it practising for Noel.....

Christmas Chocolate Log

Serves: 10–12
Preparation: 15 minutes
Cooking: 20 minutes
You will need:
4 large eggs
100g caster sugar
65g self-raising flour
40g cocoa powder
Chocolate icing and topping
275g Bournville chocolate, in small pieces
450ml double cream
4 tablespoons apricot jam
Icing sugar for dusting Method:
1. Preheat the oven to 200ºC / gas mark 6. Lightly grease a 33 × 23 centimetre Swiss roll tin, and line with non-stick paper or baking parchment, pushing it into the corners.
2. For the sponge, whisk the eggs and sugar using an electric hand whisk in a large bowl until the mixture is pale in colour, light and frothy. Sift the flour and cocoa powder into the bowl and carefully cut and …

Arrived today....

Another shipment of these lovely Bollywood Christmas decorations arrived today. I adore them and like to think that by purchasing them I am giving something back to the lovely people of India who I grew an affinity for, when I spent a year living in India.

Bollywood Christmas is a company run by  a lovely English girl called Jo who set the company up in 2005 and works with family run suppliers who strive to produce decorations of the highest quality but at affordable prices.

Everything is hand made and the production provides employment for traditional artisans in Kashmir, Rajasthan and Delhi. The majority of the designs are exclusive to Bollywood Christmas. 

Last year we stocked a range of the hand painted decorations like the one that you see here..... 

and this year we have extended the range that we stock to include the lovely and luxurious decorations that you see in the first photo and in the photos below......

they really are gorgeous and you do not need a lot of them to make an im…

sunday treasures...

Bonjour from a rainy SW France,

Not that I really mind the rain today as it means that I am not tempted to go outside and therefore are able to concentrate on indoor type tasks.....

Yesterday I mentioned that I found a fabulous candle holder that dates back to the early 1900"s and is a wonderfully decorative piece as you can tell from the photos that I have posted below....

You certainly do not make items like this any more......
Love the angel with wings detail on the holder..... You will find more details here. Another find was 9 boxes of vintage 1920's and 1930's ribbon with either initials or numbers in orginal boxes.  These fabulous ribbons really are bcoming rare and it was nice to find a few boxes as opposed to only 1 or 2 boxes.

Another find was the petite box covered in a oh so French, red toile de jouy fabric on the outside...... ......and lined with plain red fabric on the inside.  A lovely and very French stocking filler. You will find it here. That is about all I have …

New arrival at Fab French + busy day treasure hunting..

new arrival at Fabulously French
Bonsoir mes belles,

I hope  you all had a fabulous weekend. Ours was another busy one as I have boxes of Christmas stock that I have started to unpack and display in my wee boutique.

Some of the Christmas decorations have next to sold out but I have more arriving this week.

It was an early start this morning as we went to a couple of vide greniers and managed to find a few treasures.....think fabulous late 1800's candle holder complete with detailed angel with wings design, vintage ribbon with letters and numbers, two fabulous antique rosaries,lots of vintage French prayer cards, fabulous  petite box covered in toile de jouy and you have an idea on what is in store for tomorrow.

Oops almost forgot the find of the day that made me smile.....vintage 1950's style shop mannequin that is one of those 1/2 torso types and I am thinking that she would make a fabulous lamp.

Halloween window display has been replaced by the Christmas display and in the corn…