Archive for the ‘Country French Antiques’ Category

Bacon or Ham, cheese, and olive loaf

2 dozen pitted olives (green, black, or both), chopped
6 slices bacon (or ham), sliced into matchstick shapes….I used pork roast
¼ lb. Swiss cheese, grated finely…….I forgot to add the cheese!!!!
1¾ cups flour
1 tsp. baking powder
3 eggs
½ cup plain yogurt
2 Tbsp. milk
6 Tbsp. butter, melted
1 pinch cayenne pepper
ground black pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 400ºF (200ºC). Butter a loaf pan.

Combine flour and baking powder in a bowl. With a spatula, mix in eggs one at a time, and then yogurt, milk, and melted butter. Incorporate the grated cheese and spices into the batter.

Fold in the chopped olives and the bacon. Pour the batter into the buttered loaf pan and bake for 40 minutes.

Cool the cake on a rack for 10 minutes before taking it out of the pan.

Recipe found from Ken Broadhurst

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We want to thank all of you who have supported us through out the year, without you we would not exist!!!! We have had record sales this past November and December. There is definitely a new energy in the air, and positive outlooks all around. May it spill over into the new year!

A look at a few of my favorite finds that made their way out the door this year…

White glazed Cheese moulds

Fabulous Pitcher with Bird on Branches

Belgium iron clock face found in Avignon...went to Texas!!!

Both armillaries from Pezenas...out the door!

This beautiful 'Pier' table from Beziers

Pair of iron garden chairs....to DC

I look forward to seeing you all this next year!


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Check out the iron candle garland over table....found at the Paris Home & Gift Show

I couldn’t pass this one up….Paris flea market

I’ve moved the store around again…New things from our latest trip moving front stage.

View with the 10' vineyard table with earthenware and 200 year old mantle in background

French Yellow Duck Confit Pots from Carpentras, France

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Michael Bruce

Deep Red Roses and Orange Ranunculas

Stem Clematis...not from the vine

Ferns and greens with a fab plaster plaque in the background!

Peonies, Amnesia Roses, and Great color carnations....even though we turn away from carnations...these are beautiuf

Just a layin in this beautiful chandelier …FABULOUS!

Michael brought in some heavenly flowers for the evening. He is such a great teacher. What a great mix of flowers and French Country Antiques.

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French Cheese Moulds


The correct French name for such moulds is « faisselle  

 The recipe for the cheese is relatively simple,
so why not take the opportunity to rediscover
flavor far removed from industrial cheese!
Equipment and ingredients
– 1 liter of fresh milk from goats, sheep or cow (no milk sterilized)
– A petit suisse,
– The liquid rennet (available at pharmacies) or a lemon,
– Container type bowl
– A towel,
– A strainer. You can get mussels cheese curds campaigns presented by commercially disposable (for 1 liter of milk, cottage cheese provide 500 grams of white cheese)
– A shallow dish.
The preparation
– Bring the milk to a temperature of 20 to 22, then mix in the small Swiss very carefully (the ideal is to have previously made the small Swiss fluid and incorporating a little milk). Allow the assembly to a temperature between 20 and 22 ° for about 2 hours.
– Add 1 drop of rennet and mix very gently together. Recover the bowl with a towel and let the milk sit for 24 hours minimum at about 20 °.
– After 24 hours, the milk has given way to a curd (white mass) and serum (liquid more or less yellow or white, you can collect and freeze for use in place of the small Swiss at the next manufacturing).

 – Strain the curd into filling out the curds gently with a ladle. Let stand a few minutes in the bowl, then pour the liquid is drained and refilled the strainer. You can repeat this operation for 24 hours
Drain the curds another 24 hours, but without completing the strainer.
Please note that the size and filling the strainer determines the size of your future cheese.

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We set up our 10′ antique French vineyard farm table in the middle of the shop, and set it with a mix of fabulous antique French dishes. The ones with the birds are especially yummy. I love black candles.

10' French Antique Vineyard Table

Two 19th Century Framed Prints from our latest trip

Monogrammed Flat Sheets from the South of France make great tablecloths.

Can you see the birds on the plates?...I'll have to take a better photo...

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So elegant

Stone alleyways

Can't stand it!

Coolest bags made with Vintage French Magazines...we sell these in our shop

Uzes, France….west of Avignon in the South of France, a medieval town full of treasure old and new! Our favorite haunt, we were able to hang for days….I think we had 10 caffes a day…stone streets, exquisite architecture, and great shops. We usually only have a blink of an eye when we pass threw, but this time we came back again, and again…

Undies drying on the balcony

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Last year by accident, while tooling around with Jean-Pierre, we found this flea market in the South of France and by accident, we found it was scheduled during our latest venture down South. So, instead spending our last day in Paris, we spent it

Waiting for a dealer.....he never showed up and we had to go catch our train. His wife bargained on just a few of these treasures.


More treasures

combing this

Stranger translating for me......Jean-Pierre is in Paris and I don't speak French!!!

Earthenware cheese moulds....finally!

flea market in the South….hectic, frustrating, but worth it.

French dealer showing me marks on back of platter...he didn't speak English and I don't speak French!

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Just around the cornerWe’ve been thru this medieval village many times. This is our walk around …

Drive up

LOve, Love, LoVE!

Love the iron gate

I'm stayin here next year

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Vintage Enamel Building Numbers...oh, and the boots!

Oo La La!! Amala at Porte de Vanves

Of course, a croissant before heading to flea market

19th Century water font

So we headed to Porte de Vanves street flea markets…down into the caverns of the metro system in Paris, no taxis for us. Up down and all around, I never knew there were so many levels down there in the metro. So after changing from one train to another and THEN another, we were on our way. Our excitement was mounting as we had never been to this street market before. We were meeting up with Guillaume, our Parisian Cherub Jean-Pierre’s son. He was our guide and translater, Jean-Pierre was off wandering around Normandy…..

Old Paris Porcelain

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