With Thanksgiving out of the way,
we are now full on into the holiday season.
And if there's one thing I love,
it's Christmas in Paris.
When you love Christmas AND Paris,
put the two together and it becomes heaven on earth!
I love the traditions, the sparkly lights,
the colors and dressed up windows and of course, the food.
I just read an author who described Europe as the color gray.
They certainly make up for it with all the lights and storefront ribbons and boughs.
And Buche de Noel!
These little beauties are known as Yule logs,
traditionally made from a Genoise or other yellow sponge cake
with a frosting and filling of chocolate buttercream,
a fork raked across to resemble bark,
and powdered sugar to look like snow.
With my French nephew now living with us,
I might even attempt to make one this year.
I'll post the recipe when I find the right one.
Wish me luck!
Wherever you are,
I hope this season brings you
everything you love about the holidays.
(Photos copyright: Kirsten Steen)