For our prompt of “Berries” today, my mind drifted to a fruit tart. So, we have a blueberry one. This prompt is always a fun one because most of the things we call berries aren’t true berries at all. So, while blueberries count, the raspberry on top is actually an aggregate fruit. Why this should matter at all is anyone’s guess. What’s true for anything we call a berry, though, is that it’s always a fruit and perfectly delicious. Especially when it shows up in a dessert. I’ve always loved desserts with fruits, and although Philippe grew up with tarts like this one, my dessert fruits were most likely to show up in the form of an apple pie, pineapple upside-down cake or a Jello mold. When we’re visiting family in Paris, I adore passing the various pastry shops to see what’s on display in the window. It looks like fine art! It’s truly all I can do not to wander in and ask for one of everything. My French is still notably lacking so this would at least make it easier to order as well. Philippe, however, is all about chocolate, but I love fruits with cream or custard most. Unfortunately, it’s just a preference on his part and literally any dessert in our house risks disappearing before I even have a chance to sample it.
One of our favorite treats when we’re in France at end the meal is something called “café gourmand”. It’s a delicious sampling of tiny desserts so you don’t have to go through the horrible pain of choosing just one. When we were in Costco this weekend, we were thrilled to discover they had a little café gourmand set imported from Belgium. We immediately snatched one up! Okay, Philippe was still standing there and considering it when I made the decision for us and tossed it in the cart. There are three rows of four different tiny desserts, each in their own little ceramic bowl. They’re adorable and as a bonus, we get to reuse the little bowls. This was indeed the selling point for Philippe. After trying a chocolate one, he just shrugged, no doubt thinking he could do much better. And, I for one, will be happily encouraging him to try! It’s no secret that part of the reason I adore this time of year most is that Philippe gets inspired to make more desserts. Thinking about it now, it’s probably good for my waistline that this only happens once a year. That’s actually quite true for all of the holiday season.
But, my inner child is doing backflips already. I’m so thrilled for the days ahead! Today, Disney launched their streaming service and Philippe and I were, of course, already signed up as part of the Founder’s Circle. So, we’ve been enjoying some of our favorite shows from our youth. Just bits and clips and we won’t have the attention span to watch anything in its entirety until the weekend. The only difference, of course, is that Philippe saw all of them in French. So, he experienced not only a different language but different voice actors. We saw and loved Frozen together so that’s one that he prefers in English, saying the French translation is just a bit weird. I have no concept of what that must be like and am just thrilled that Frozen 2 will be coming out soon! I’ve no affiliation to Disney. I’m just a big kid, and love all of the memories that it brings back to me. I’m not sure why anyone in the world would ever choose to grow up. Life is so much more fun when you spend it with your inner child. Even though the fruits of my youth were different than Philippe’s we both share a love of nostalgia. But, we’re not living in the past. We’re just making the most of the present with sweet tarts and other memories.
About the Doodlewash
Da Vinci Paint Co.: Gold Ochre, Quinacridone Red, Terra Cotta, and Ultramarine (Green Shade). Lamy Al-Star Safari Fountain Pen (Broad Nib) with black ink in an A5 Hahnemühle Watercolour Book. Want to purchase a print of this doodlewash? Send me a note with a link to this post, and I’ll add it to my shop!