A guest post today: I met New Orleans designer Alix Rico (American) and her photographer husband Paul (Spanish), when I shot their house in Provence for the Country French bookazine. They have a beautiful summer home in the Luberon in the fairy tale village of Goult. Alix periodically emails a "postcard" to friends, about their French life. Their beloved chien, Mignon, appears in most photos. I'm always telling Alix that she really should have a blog, so a guest post seemed appropriate. I loved this "postcard" she sent, about the workers in her village:
First, Eric is our Real Estate tycoon who is so friendly and kind. He is holding a very confused and perhaps fearful Mignon! She is such a star here that everyone wants to get in on the act...but she is sometimes not so sure she wants to participate!! Eric has known her a long while, so she is only making a point by appearing uncomfortable!
Next is the happy and energetic waiter at our local café. He is from Vietnam. He is always smiling and very quick to bring you a glass of Pastis or a wine. We like to go to the cafe on Friday nights to listen to the singing. And we always enjoy seeing him deftly handle the crowds and the glasses!
And thank you, Alix, for sharing your village life with us. What a great group of merchants, and I think Goult is quite lucky to have the three of you as well! Love this photo, right, which captures Alix and Paul's exuberant spirit. And the house is beautiful too, n'est pas? If you want to see more of her design work, go to her Pinterest site. You can contact me if you want more info about Francoise and her art.
RECIPE: Alix's Sweet & Savory CookieCrackers
Alix served these when we visited, and everyone was fighting over the last one. They are Savory Thyme Shortbreads, but I call them CookieCrackers because they are a little of both: sweet and salty at the same time, with fresh herbs, and just the thing to munch on with a glass of Bandol, that fine rosé from Provence.
2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup powdered sugar
2 tablespoons thinly sliced fresh sage leaves or 2 teaspoons dried sage
1 teaspoon coarse kosher salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch-thick pieces, room temperature
Blend first 4 ingredients in processor. Add butter; using on/off turns, process until dough comes together. Divide in half. Shape each dough piece into log about 1 1/2 inches in diameter. Chill until firm enough to slice, about 30 minutes.
Position 1 rack in top third and 1 rack in bottom third of oven; preheat to 350°F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment. Cut each dough log into 1/3- to 1/2-inch-thick rounds; place on sheets. Bake 10 minutes. Reverse sheets so bottom sheet is on top rack of oven and top sheet is on bottom rack. Bake until cookies are golden, about 15 minutes longer. Cool on racks.
The recipe is from a 2007 issue of Bon Appétit.
In the COMMENTS: Julie, of the blog Traveling Through, you are so right about the artists being everywhere in France, around every corner. Colleen, I'm sure your home must be filled with your wonderful paintings (see them at Colleen Taylor Fine Art). Dee, we miss you too!
And I couldn't resist one last photo of that ever-chic media hound, MIgnon, who travels in style around Goult.