Not Mushroom to Moan but Going In-Seine

I know. It has been a bit silence radio here, as they say in France. I’m not going to moan but just to say I haven’t forgotten about you, my sweet macaron friends.

Blooming on the local bridge over the River Seine

Instead I’ve been going insane with recurring back problems since the summer. It’s lovely to be told to do no housework, no lifting shopping, no gardening but sitting at the computer has been an even worse idea. After various diagnoses, I think I’ve finally found the right doctor and am happily cancelling surgery this month. It just goes to show that you need to ask around and, in this case, it’s thanks to friends on Facebook!

Driving a macaron golf ball in-Seine

Meanwhile our house improvement project is in full swing: anyone who follows me on Pinterest will see I’m having fun finding ideas, especially for my new office in the attic, a place I can hide and nibble on my favourite chocolate so that I can work on the next exciting venture. If you have storage and design tips for the kitchen and pantry, I’m especially all ears: the pâtisserie moulds and other foodie odds and ends are taking over the asylum! I’ll talk about this in another post. Why is it that so many other things are urgently needing repaired or replaced at the same time?

With mushroom season sprouting around Paris, you must try this dinky little mushroom cappuccino recipe. And, for all of you mad about macarons, enjoy it with a mini mushroom and truffle macaron. Delicious with a glass of chilled Jura white wine…like Vin Jaune, hmm.

As I gradually get straightened out from looking like a twisted Eiffel Tower, please do swing by and say bonjour via Instagram and via the usual social chatty buttons at the top. Meanwhile, I’ll leave you with one of my favourite photos I took at this time 2 years ago, in case anyone missed it. 

A Macaron Mushroom? It’s magic.

A très bientôt !

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    • Jill
      Jill says:

      Me too, Hester. Wish I was doing the kitchen as well but what a difference just a few cupboard rearrangements make. These days I’m going into shops and not looking at the patisseries – but the decor instead. What’s happening? 🙂

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  1. Nami | Just One Cookbook
    Nami | Just One Cookbook says:

    I’m so sorry to hear back problem came back but good to hear you found a better doctor. Hope you will get better. It’s a good time to take a rest, and enjoy the kitchen renovation! I hope you took some pictures – want to see before and after kitchen! 🙂

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    • Jill
      Jill says:

      Thanks, Nami. You know, there have been some areas in the house that have gone so fast that I’ve forgotten to take the ‘before’ shot! This weekend we’re choosing parquet flooring and a staircase! Not as easy as I thought, ahem.

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  2. claudine fraser
    claudine fraser says:

    Re kitchen design, see if you can find an older woman designer with kids who COOKS!!! From my experience so many kitchen designers are people who don’t cook much and have things like cupboards that open outwards onto the counter and don’t think about the “triangle”, the important space between the cooker, the sink and the fridge. I had pull-out cupboards on wheels so I could see everything from top to bottom on both sides which were great. And a walk-in pantry with appliance garage and an extra sink come in handy if you afford it (my friend’s got one :P)
    Good luck, so exciting!

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    • Jill
      Jill says:

      I hear you, Claudine! Do you design? 😉
      I have one of these awful corner cupboards that you need to hunt deep to find anything and I have to work out a better system for the heavy pans without bending. Becoming obsessed with organising cupboards all around the house; and it’s amazing what little changes can do! It is exciting.

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  3. Jamie
    Jamie says:

    I am glad that you are taking care of yourself and paying attention. I hope others are pampering you, too! I have to make sure that I am following you in Pinterest and Instagram…. and these two recipes??? Wow!

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  4. Parisbreakfast
    Parisbreakfast says:

    Ding to do something interesting with all e mushrooms I’m seeing around town
    I can taste this already
    Feel better soon Jill thhough i still think the pool could fix you in a flash splish splash

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    • Jill
      Jill says:

      Interesting, Carol. Did some over the summer and doc says that breast-stroke is the worse for it. Crawl not great, either. Has to be back stroke. Looking forward to getting back into sport soon again, though!

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    • Jill
      Jill says:

      Thanks so much, Mardi. It’s amazing how it took so long to find him but now it’s on fast track, as long as I rethink computer posture etc.

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  5. Thomasina
    Thomasina says:

    Glad you are back on the blog Jill in spite of the back pain. Love the photos especially the one of the Seine. Good luck with the medics and with the home improvements. Better days are coming.

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  6. Jean-Pierre
    Jean-Pierre says:

    How did I miss this? I must make this soup. Love the cup presentation. Don’t know if I can make it with a macaron this weekend but maybe a bit melba toast. This looks wonderful Jill. Thanks!

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