Sunday 7 October 2012

Cooking as an Act of Love
Babette's Viennese Feast

Visual Delectations
Isn't this the kind of
writing on the wall
we all love?

Chocolate Quince Tartelette
with your coffee?

I said yes to sinful gluttony -
and, oh, what rapture!

Morsel after morsel
transporting me

on the wings of a perfectly composed
rhapsody of flavours to the higher spheres
of sweet nirvana

Images and Text © by Merisi
Photographed November 2010
Spice and Books for Cooks

Schleifmühlgasse 17
4th District
R e p o s t

"... a triumphant sunburst
of sensual and spiritual delight -
a supreme banquet
harmonizing body and soul
... "
David Denby in "Heaven on Earth" *
in the New York Magazine,
in March 1988, about the movie
"Babette's Feast" *

*) Click for the entire article
and a clip of the movie


  1. Oh, one of my all-time favourite films! Your chocolate tartelette looks absolutely worthy of Babette :))

    1. Karen, the tartelette tasted at least as well as it looked! :-
      The film is unforgettable, I watch it again and again.

  2. Oh, YUMMMMMM!! Those look delicious! And absolutely worthy of Babette indeed! One of my favorites, too!! Have a great week, Merisi!

    1. Thank you, Sylvia,
      and may your week be filled with pleasure, too!

  3. I much prefer the Chocolate Quince Tartelette
    Interesting that the fork is standing up straight in this tart? A quite sturdy tarte!

    1. Carol, that fork would not stand up too long, even though the tartelette was of a very pleasing density. Sadly, the so very talented cook is not cooking anymore. She is now working as a food designer, and very good at that, too. I am just so grateful I managed to enjoy a few meals there while she was at the stove.

  4. I definitely love the writing on the wall, and the dessert -- just looking at it has CRUMBLED all my current diet-plans!
    I also really love that equally decadent picture of Banville's The Infinities and hope you are enjoying the book. He's one of my favorite authors.

    1. Cipriano,
      I thoroughly enjoy Banville's "The Infinities" - my days are packed with so many other things and non-finction book that ought to be read first, I hardly find the time to re-read the first few pages again and again. Still, for me Banville is "the master" of language and I would not mind learning the whole book by heart. "The Sea" is one of my all time favourite books, and I have re-read it in its entirety a few times already. Very few books get that honour (see, I slip into British English - living in Europe sure corrupts my languages in oh so many ways).

  5. Gorgeous !!!! Hummmmmmmmm


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