Monday, January 03, 2005
Buche de Noel
At the park today after school, a Portuguese friend, who's lived in France for 30 years asked me if I have tried a Buche de Noel. Before the Christmas vacation, I had told her that after 4 years in Paris I have yet to try a Buche de Noel cake. I told her today I hadn't and worried that the bakeries might not be selling them anymore. She assured me they are, and if they aren't, the one at Picard is delicious!
Well after her talk, I bought the first chocolate Buche de Noel cake that I found. It wasn't what I expected. It was a roll cake with little pieces of dried fruit in an orange cream filling. It was good, but not great. But at least it's not a mystery to me (these difficult tasks I subject myself to...)
A little anecdote... a friend told me today that the American Embassy supposedly sent around a security alert on New Year's Eve that people should be vigilante about...... flying Champagne bottles. Apparently, when the French finish their bottle of Champagne on this festive evening, some throw the bottle up into the air. Has anyone ever heard of this? Those bottles are so heavy they could kill someone! Forget about snipers, remember the bottles and duck!
-- said Auntie M in Paris
# posted by Kate : 12:12 AM
About the champagne bottles..duck! is right!
# posted by Carrie : 3:51 AM
# posted by brenda : 5:27 AM
# posted by Pat : 12:40 PM
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# posted by Anonymous : 1:47 PM
# posted by Anji : 2:54 PM
Kate, I tend to agree. Why play with chocolate? It's perfectly wonderful on its own. But the bakery had only vanilla or organe/chocolate. Very disappointing.
Carrie, The Danish treat you describe sounds about as appetizing as some of the dessert foods my brother-in-law has brought back from Japan. One candy was fish flavored and we didn't know it until it was in our mouths... that's truly an unexpected shock to the system.
Brenda, I bet those corks could poke a persons eye out! Strasbourg is a great city. I took a trip there last year for the Christmas markets. I love the food there.
BH, Pretty but not tasty.
Pat and Anji, I must figure out where to buy this ice cream buche. Picard? I love ice cream and cake. Must be memories of being a kid and having cupcakes and ice cream.
Maryse, I have no doubt your mother made a much better cake than the one I tasted last night. I must find a good recipe to try myself. Does your mother want to share?
# posted by Auntie M in Paris : 3:25 PM
# posted by Anonymous : 5:01 PM
I took your advice and went to Picard today--there's one right around the corner from Eurecole, but I hardly ever go. My older kids would like me to keep some frozen things around that they can microwave when they want a snack, and I found some potentially good ones. We'll see how they actually taste!
# posted by Lisa : 5:37 PM
Lisa, if you are talking about the bakery near La Gare, I love that place, but it's really expensive, isn't it?
# posted by Auntie M in Paris : 6:09 PM
You should go to Paul and buy up all the little buchettes they sell to see which flavor you like the best.
# posted by Anna : 6:42 PM
# posted by Pat : 8:10 PM
# posted by Lisa : 8:55 PM
It's hard to be displaced.
# posted by veronique : 9:14 PM
My grandma always makes it with tones of "creme de marrons" and it's delicious!!!!
# posted by Magabe : 9:42 PM
On another note, I popped all my champagne corks out the window, which is why my window is now cracked. I know that young hooligans toss bottles into the crowd on the Champs Elysees for New Year's. We've got it on tape. But, most normal french people do NOT toss these things out the window, ever. Talk about cultural stereotypes!
# posted by NARDAC : 10:25 PM
Welcome to the blog! Sorry it took so long to respond. I hope you keep commenting. I can understand about your oatmeal experience. When you have a high expectation about something and then it falls flat... I liked the buche, it just wasn't as good as I expected.
# posted by Auntie M in Paris : 1:05 PM