Friday, December 17, 2010

The bûche de Noël



When I was a kid my mother would make lots of fuss about the bûche de Noël
the inevitable, chocolate bûche which was part of our 13 desserts for Christmas
as was the tradition in Provence


Over the years, we had bûche with cherries, with chestnuts, iced bûche,
Homemade of course and we shared a wonderful happy time in the kitchen
After all what could make three little girls happier than
melting chocolate and decorating the bûche with tiny trees and gilded ornaments ?


I received the Côté Maison online magazine in the mail today
and saw these beautiful and creative bûches
I drooled over them
and then remembered with tenderness and emotion
our somewhat imperfect bûche
and the laughters and fun we had with my sisters and my mother

In the end, this is what Christmas is about, shouldn't it
even if the bûche is not that perfect ?

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Quand j'étais petite, ma mère prenait la bûche de Noël très au sérieux...
l'inévitable bûche au chocolat faisait partie de nos treize desserts de Noël
comme le veut la tradition provençale

Au fil des années, il y a eu la bûche aux cerises, à la purée de marron, bûche glacée...
Faite maison, bien sûr avec séances de fous rires dans la cuisine
Franchement qu'est-ce qui peut faire plus plaisir à trois petites gourmandes que
de faire fondre du chocolat et de décorer la bûche avec
des sapins minuscules et des petites boules dorées ?

J'ai reçu le magazine Côté Maison en ligne dans mon courrier aujourd'hui
et j'ai repéré ces magnifiques bûches très créatives
qui m'ont fait rêver et puis je me suis souvenue avec tendresse et émotion
de la bûche que l'on faisait à la maison.
Pas aussi parfaite, bien sûr mais c'était un merveilleux moment que l'on partageait
mes soeurs, ma mère et moi

Et à Noël c'est quand même ça, l'important non ?
Passer de beaux moments ensemble même si la bûche n'est pas aussi parfaite ?


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But, yes let's drool together over these beautiful bûches....

Mais savourons tout de même des yeux ces bûches magnifiques....
bûche Fée des bois from Dalloyau - meringue and raspberry biscuit

bûche Fée des bois de Dalloyau - meringue et biscuit à la framboise

Trompe l'oeil macaron bûche by Sebastien Bauer from Angelina's tea room
vanilla cream, dark chocolate and raspberry cream

Bûche avec macarons en trompe-l'oeil de Sébastien Bauer du salon de thé Angelina
crème vanille, coque de chocolat noir et crème à la framboise

Sublime Provençal bûche by Christian Lacroix for Lenôtre which reminds the 13 desserts
and the patterns of the traditional costume of the women of Arles

Bûche aux 13 desserts de Christian Lacroix pour Lenôtre, une merveille de bûche provençale
qui rappelle les 13 desserts et les motifs du costume des Arlésiennes



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Wishing you a wonderful holiday
and happy Christmas preparations !

Joyeuses préparations de fête de Noël !



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pics from here

8 comments:

Linda Sue said...

LAla, I can not even believe that these are real! Anyone who would be so lucky to actually EAT these beauties would magically be transformed into loveliness!

Susana said...

Lala! qué maravilla!!! Cómo va la vida guapa?

Anne in Oxfordshire said...

Wow how amazing .. just look at the delicate details in the last photo :-)

Wishing you a wonderful Christmas and a very happy New year .. !

aguja said...

Oh, they are so beautiful! I have never seen them, so it is wonderful to look ... and to drool.

What wonderful festive memories they evoke for you! Enjoy your Christmas to the full ... the season and the memories of past Christmases.

¡Feliz navidad! xx

Theresa Cheek said...

LeNotre's is superb! They remind me of Fauchon's creations(their predecessor) The European's take dessert to the level of art.

Agneta said...

Artwork is the word...... or unusually beautiful calorie bombs ;)

Love

Agneta

Ps. I stopped believing in Santa Claus when I was six. Mother took me to see him in a department store and he asked for my autograph. (Shirley Temple) Ds.

Kristin said...

They're looking delicious!!! Have a beautiful Sunday, Lala!

xx

A Thousand Clapping Hands said...

Lacroix's Buche - of course he is perfect for designing patisserie! The imperfect desserts of our childhood are always the most delicious, though...as you and your sisters know well. Lovely post, Lala. Hope you're immersed in the creative joys of the season.
Catherine xxoo

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