On the First Day of Christmas My Truelove Gave to Me.

Just everything in Maison Massoulier, over the twelve day period!

Inside and out of their shop on Rue de la Republique in Sarlat is like walking into a Winter Wonderland of chocolates and patissieres. We popped in for our breakfast before going shopping and a major Wow factor hit our senses. I just wish that an aroma blog had been invented and you could smell it for yourself. Or better still if you are in the area pop along, you will not be disappointed with the delights on offer.

It’s Christmas with a Spanish Theme in Sarlat.
 

Advent Calenders full of delicious chocolates.
 

This is just a preview of their creations.
 

“Hands off Paul, the candy is mine”. No he was really covering the light for me so I could take a picture.
 

The French enjoy their Christmas dinner on Christmas Eve, Le Réveillon de Noël. The term derives from ‘reveil’ which means ‘waking’ because taking part in a Réveillon means everyone stays awake past midnight to enjoy a large dinner party. The food served on Christmas Eve is extensive, from oysters, pate, lobster, capons or turkey, or any other meat that is not usually eaten during the year. Dishes can also incorporate chestnuts or truffles. After an extensive cheese platter the traditional main event of the Buche de Noël, a Swiss roll in the shape of a log which comes in a variety of flavours but most often chocolate.

You can pre-order your Buches de Noël from the above shop.

My favourite is Forêt Noire, which is mainly chocolate with Kirsch on a biscuit base and Chantilly cream. Or Majestic, a mousse chocolate with praline, with armande biscuit. Or Roules Aux fruits, Roulé Citron Meringué which is biscuit génoise vanillé with cream of citron. Or Omelette Norvégienne with Grand Marnier. So much to choose.
 
 

Event:- Sarlat Marché de Noël which will be open on the 5th December.

Coming soon Daglan Noël Tree in Place de la Liberté.
 
 

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Enter three Witches.

“When shall we three meet again.
In thunder,
lightening,
or in rain”.

A great place to meet on a Daglan Halloween was not the Heath but at the village 8 à Huit supermarket. It was a hub of life or should that be death with skeleton decorations placed around the till area, and a table set up near the entrance with drinks, cakes and candies.

The table is where I treated myself to a slice of chocolate cake, which was very yummy. There was also vanilla cake, chocolate marble cake and candies. Which were all much appreciated by the customers.

A yummy treat.
 

Getting into the spirit of things we see Virginie standing outside the supermarket.
 

We had a busy Halloween this year with nine groups of children and adults calling, all in costume and all looking amazing.

Look at these two trick or treaters, so cute.
 

There are many interesting folk legends in France, one that is less blood curdling is the Sarramauca.

A cauchemar (nightmare) was long thought to be caused by a creature that came at night and sat on the chest of the sleeping persons to stop them from breathing correctly. In the Occitan language, Sarramauca means ‘to tighten the chest/stomach” and refers to the feeling of breathlessness.

In our home the Sarramauca is our cat Angel who delights in sitting on my chest in order to wake me up in the morning for her breakfast.

Long ago many deaths were attributed to the Sarramauca and people would try remedies similar to those used to protect themselves against witchcraft. I wonder if they would work on Angel! Animal friendly ones of course.

No such remedies here, I love the eve of Halloween.
 

Where the place?
Upon the Heath.
There to meet with Macbeth.
I come, Graymalkin.
Paddock calls anon:
Fair is foul, and foul is fair,
Hover through the fog and filthy air.
(From scene 1.1 Macbeth)
 

No tricks here please just chocolate treats.
 

Awesome costumes. Thanks to everyone for stopping by, you made our night.

 

Due to illness both here and in England there will be no blog next week.

So take care and we hope to blog again the week after.
 
 

Just for Monsieur Poirot!

Imagine the scene, Monsieur Poirot boarding the Orient Express and in his luggage was the above case all ready for his moustache preparation that evening.
This was my greatest find at the Brocante at La Rogue-Geanac this morning a Vintage and rare but sadly empty kit by Marcel Rochas. Which originally held three bottles containing cologne for Monsieur.

“Anytime you slip on a sleeveless bustier or slide your hands into your skirt pockets, send a silent thanks to the late fashion designer Marcel Rochas”, (Sophie Rochas 2015).

In the ‘40s and ‘50s, Rochas pioneered such silhouettes and helped define that “je ne sais quoi” of French glamour. During his 30-year career, which began with perfume, Rochas dressed the Duchess of Windsor, Marlene Dietrich and Mae West.
 

“Hold me back”, I found another linen stall.
 

The morning shadows are getting longer but it is still a gorgeous view any time of the year.
 

Paul jokingly asked the stone mason if he started with a large block and it got reduced to the items at the front of the stall. A hearty laugh was the response.
 

I loved this vintage cart. You can imagine it full of gorgeous flowers.
 

Browsing complete, in need of a treat… hot chocolate with cream.
 

Here is my version of a moustache, delicious.

 

 

Did you happen to see the rabbit.

Did you happen to see the rabbit with the pink and chocolate ears?
With a hip and a hop, children don’t want the Easter fun to stop!

Look at this delicious array of Easter Rabbits at E. Leclerc in Sarlat


 
Finding the brightly coloured Easter eggs carefully hidden and lain
and eating all of the Easter goodies that someone has made.

Pâtisserie Massoulier, always a treat.


 
Row after row of Easter delights.

L’Atelier du Gourmand.


 
Did you happen to see the rabbit
with the pink and chocolate ears?
That means that Easter is finally here!
 

If you do not want rabbits, eggs, fishes or bells take a look at the pictures of some creations by La Maison Du Chocolat below.
 

Much too good to eat but I could certainly try.

Happy Easter, hope that you recieve lots of Easter goodies.
 
 

Event:- Sarlat Easter Egg Hunt through the Medieval sector to find the golden egg. Who ever finds it will get a special prize plus cinema tickets.
 

No blog next week
 
 

Salon Du Chocolate in Sarlat.

Set in one of the most gorgeous buildings in Sarlat,  l’Ancien Evêché (on the left of the tourist office) is the weekend of chocolate, a dream come true for any chocoholic.

Close your eyes and pretend that you are walking up the stone staircase towards the salon full of delicious chocolate creations. If you can picture this you will begin to smell the aroma of chocolate which was gently being stirred in a large cauldron by a Master Chocolatier.

As with previous years the event was organised by the Rotary Club of Sarlat, this year it was for the benefit of the school of young fire fighters of Sarlat.

Salon of chocolate. Smaller displays of chocolate this year but still amazing and well worth a visit.
 

Wow, all made in chocolate. The apprentice shows their skill at the back and the Master’s is at the front.
 

A wonderful work of art created by the apprentice at Maison Massoulier.
 

Chocolate fish, rabbits and dogs.
 

In the next room are demonstrations, a film of chocolate making and my favourite, the children’s works of art depicting firefighters and chocolate.
 

I love the bars of chocolate coming out of the fire hose.
 

Brilliant.
 
 

Event:- There is still time for a visit to the Chocolate Festival it is open until six today and on Sunday it is open from ten until six.