I am so glad that I joined the wonderful la pourte rouge bookclub! I hadn't been able to settle down to reading for a long, long time, but now I have completed the third book - and it is the best book so far! I enjoyed reading Silas Marner, but unfortunately didn't get time to blog about it during Christmas. Madame Bovary however, was un-put-down-able. I read it in less than a week and drew out the last two chapters on purpose so that I wouldn't have to leave the world of characters created by the French Author Gustave Flaubert. His writing is perfect. I loved how he crawled inside his characters, exposing them completely!!
He was only 34 years old when this book was published in 1856 and was prosecuted for "offending public morals". Despite the scandal, this has become his most popular and well known book. This is a Classic that I will be re-reading.
The food I had prepared for this post was the classic French dish, Creme de Marrons ~ sweetened chestnuts. I first tasted this delicacy in Paris, sitting in the famous artist's cafe, (the name of it always escapes me) with my Philosophy tutor, Dr. D. on whom I had a mad crush, (bearded with tweed jacket and wild brown eyes!).
Every time I eat this dessert, I am transported back to Paris.
I prepared the Creme de Marrons with meringue and whipped cream, making another classic Mont Blanc, but like Madame Bovary, I could not control myself and ate it before getting the camera out! I am now suffering bloated tummy for my greed and gluttony, (I am lactose intolerant!). I should have stuck to the hazelnuts...
I can't wait to discover what the next book on our list is...
Hope your evening is good and that you all have a great weekend!