I hope you all had a wonderful Easter. We woke up to grey skies, howling wind and rain – quite unusual weather for us. I always seem to remember the sun shining on Easter Sunday. Easter is a time for goodies and at the end of the day we ended up with a sundry collection of chocolate bunnies, eggs and a local sweet made only at Easter time – figolli.
Figolli consist of two layers of pastry, usually cut in the shape of bunnies, lambs, hearts or fish (or anything really), with an almond filling in between. The top layer of pastry is then covered in chocolate or icing and decorated in all sorts of whimsical ways. Since these goodies are only made for the Easter season, each bite is doubly delicious. The store-bought versions are rarely as good as the home-made ones. The figolli in this photo were made by mum and decorated with the help of the Mischief Maker.
With goodies in mind, I don’t know if any of you are as thrilled as I am to learn that Joanne Harris will be launching the third book in the Chocolat ‘series’ on May 24th. It is entitled Peaches for Monsieur le Cure’ and I am really looking forward to reading more about Vianne and, naturally, about chocolate. The book will be released in the US with the title Peaches For Father Francis.
I don’t know about you but, even after two books, I am still curious about Vianne. Perhaps it’s because there is a little bit of her in all of us – whether it is her free-spiritedness, her way with chocolate or her magic, there is something in her with which we can all identify. I definitely identify with Vianne the chocolate maker. There is a hidden art to making anything with chocolate. You need to have a feel for its sensual nature, its unruly temperament, its quirkiness. This is a subject I thoroughly love, a science I am only too happy to learn. Many people shy away from chocolate because it can be tricky to work with – and it can be. But if any of you are interested, this link will give you some excellent tips.
And here is Vianne with her delectable creations.
In the meantime, I am dreaming a little dream – but more about that next time …