this recipe on the Traveller's Lunchbox I knew I had to do it. About 19 months ago my brother and I went to France; we stayed in Paris for a week and we spent another week staying with a dear friend of mine in her little town which is near Augouleme (For those who are curious) and is about half way from Paris to Bordeaux. It was on a day trip to Bordeaux that I tried my very first Cannele - small, soft, custardy and smelling so sweetly of rum and vanilla beans... So I nearly fell over with excitement when I stumbled across this recipe; the possibility of recreating something so delicious. And with 10 egg yolks, beeswax and over three hours in the oven it is not for the faint hearted. Not one little bit!
Still biting into now reminds me of all the fun Sam and I had in the little-known and rural France.
Running in fields of sunflowers, eating parts of animals (pig's ears, feet etc) I would never have dreamed of, and spending a night out in the clover field of a farm where her friends were having some scout-related camp out - we made a bonfire and danced and sung - a very unusual experience for Sam and I as we spoke (and sung) no French!
the sprawling dusk
and the rising moon...