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Countryside & Confiture, Horses & Hay Bails

12

Jul
2012

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In Baking, Food, Paris

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On 12, Jul 2012 | 2 Comments | In Baking, Food, Paris | By Molly

I’m back in Paris after a week in the Loire Valley, where I spent time in the countryside with some very old friends (in Gien, mostly, but also Aubigny-sur-Nère and Châtillon-sur-Loire). It is beyond relaxing to soak up the Loire’s serene landscapes of hay bails, horses, orchards, and grandiose chateaux. One highlight of my visit was making jam with Nathalie – one batch of strawberry (fraises) and another of raspberry-red current (framboises groseilles) – with berries we picked at a nearby garden. I especially enjoyed being tasked with making the labels!

{ Above, Nathalie and Mattéo show off the afternoon’s pickings, and Mattéo enjoys fresh raspberries.
All photos in this post are by Plurabelle Calligraphy. }

{ Our pickings yielded two jars of strawberry jam and four of raspberry-red current. The latter was much more gelatinous so it solidified while the jars were still upside-down and the bottoms rather than the tops ended up empty! The labels are written with an everyday ballpoint pen. }

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Plurabelle in Paris

29

Jun
2012

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In Baking, Color Inspiration, Food, Paris

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On 29, Jun 2012 | 3 Comments | In Baking, Color Inspiration, Food, Paris | By Molly

On Sunday I leave for Paris, where I will spend the month of July in a tiny sixth-floor apartment in the Marais. A long time ago I lived in France for a couple years and to this day I still know no better place to go to focus, gather inspiration, and revitalize my creative energies. Even though it’s only six months along, 2012 has already brought what feels like 6 years worth of developments – some of them exciting, some of them sad. Last month I completed the biggest and most thrilling undertaking of my career (more about that to be revealed here soon!) and now it’s time to recharge, reboot, and refresh with one month of Paris summertime and god-only-knows how many croissants.

In a recent surge of nostalgia, I unearthed (from the depths of my hard drive) the folder of my old Paris photos. Above, clockwise from top left: an example of my favorite neighborhood graffiti artist’s “Amour” tag on a Métro car window; a much younger me at my Marais window; the Vedette de Paris sign, pointing the way to boat rides on the Seine; a picnic at Parc André Citroën.

And if looking through old photos weren’t enough to get me in the spirit, I’ve recently started baking baguettes. Below, my first attempt. While they were actually better than I’d hoped, they were still nothing like the real Paris boulangeries!

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A Plein Air Painting Picnic

15

Jun
2012

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In Art, Baking, Calligraphy, Food

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On 15, Jun 2012 | 3 Comments | In Art, Baking, Calligraphy, Food | By Molly

{ Photographs by Plurabelle Calligraphy }

Here in Los Angeles we are in the thick of picnic season – the weather is breezy and warm, but not yet too hot. This is great news for me since packing picnics is one of my favorite activities ever. When I used to live in Paris, I would picnic on the grass at least twice a week in the spring and summer, and then sketch or write in the shade for hours. But for one reason or another, I haven’t continued the practice in L.A. Last Sunday, however, with my good friend Katie, I revived my Plein Air Painting Picnic tradition at a park in Santa Monica.

Sunday’s farmer’s market yielded some wonderful picnic ingredients: melt-in-your mouth speck, aged gouda, and perfectly ripe cherries, nectarines, and avocados. Those finds, combined with the fact that I’ve been on a baking kick lately (and recently baked, with great success, my first batches of homemade donuts and baguettes), made for an amazing lunch. We popped some prosecco to celebrate a few recent cheers-worthy events in our lives, and passed five lovely hours on the grass.

My lettering design – “I am the impression that will change” – is a quote from The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge by Rainer Maria Rilke. It is one of my all-time favorite books, which I’ve reread once or twice a year for the past eight years. My life is in a period of transition, which made the quotation feel especially appropriate to paint en plein air – the practice popularized by the impressionists themselves.

L’ombrelle verte by Berthe Morisot – one of my favorite impressionist paintings }

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lemon almond cake with lemon vanilla syrup

04

Oct
2010

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On 04, Oct 2010 | No Comments | In Baking, Food | By Molly

Sundays seem to have become my baking days. It’s a relaxing, creative outlet away from the computer and my calligraphy desk. The problem is that once I start I just can’t stop. This afternoon I baked a lemon almond cake with lemon vanilla syrup (above). Then, when the craving wasn’t satiated, I immediately baked a pumpkin pie, too….


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cupcakery

21

Feb
2010

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{ clockwise from top left: heavenly cupcake, melt your heart, ffffound, cups }

{ left to right: cuppie love, kumquat cupcakery, last two from enjoy cupcakes }

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