Classics

Classics

By
Fanny Zanotti
Contains
7 recipes
Published by
Hardie Grant Books
ISBN
9781742704715
Photographer
Helen Cathcart

There are only so many things I know.

Getting lost, of the make-believe kind, in the Marais; the beauty of sunsets pretending to be rainbows.

Watching – and, more importantly, hearing – waves crash into the sand. And then see them disappear with the low tide, the sun sparkling in cloudy puddles the water has left behind. The flavour of vanilla ice-cream when our fingers still tasted of the ocean. The miniature merry-go-round of sand fleas jumping from one sandcastle to another. My grand-mère making madeleines and cakes, and clafoutis too. And me, sat on the kitchen counter.

Yes, I learnt how to bake during the summers I spent with my grandmother. On the weekends, she would knead butter into flour and add water. And tarts would be made throughout the week. Apricots and plums, golden and plump with sun. And on Wednesdays she would teach me how to make waffles. With beer in the batter.

Nowadays her words still sound like music to me. We discuss what we’re going to bake over a breakfast of French coffee and thick slices of baguette toasted until barely warm and spread with salted butter and honey. For lunch, she cracks open a few almonds (the ones in the green shells) with a hammer.

And then the oven gets turned on and we laugh and we try to make the cakes we dreamed about.

Yes, there are only so many things I know. For the unknown, I rely on magic and wishful thinking.

And my grand-mère. She’s the most beautiful person in my world. And when we bake together magic happens. Or perhaps it’s the boxed rosé wine we sip as soon as the clock hits five o’clock.

Recipes in this Chapter

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