Coffee & Dessert on The Coastside

The perfect coffee table book for those who love the Coast!


January 2019…

Winter craves good pastries.

Vive le Choux!
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Choux pastry (or pàte à choux) is actually very easy to make, and one of those things that is versatile and stylish. You can enjoy them with practically any type of filling. 

As with all things, there is an interesting historical background behind the choux, or cabbage, as is its literal meaning in French.

Catherine de Medici, a Florentine who became wife to Henry II of France in the sixteenth century, had a chef named Panterelli. Sources cite that he made a hot, dried paste that he eponymously dubbed pàte à Panterelli. From this crude beginning, the originally named gateaux underwent many changes. In the late 1800’s, a French pastry chef named Avice developed them into choux buns, as they looked like little cabbages in the days of Napoleon. Avice’s budding protégé, the historically famous Marie-Antoine Carême, perfected it further, ultimately placing the choux in its rightful place as the core for countless delectable modern-day éclairs, profiteroles, crullers, beignets, churros, as well as savoury cheese concoctions, such as gougères, to name a few.

For me, I love a decadent chocolate profiterole – velvety custard enveloped in silky cream, sandwiched inside a buttery baked choux, topped with homemade chocolate sauce.

The great thing about making this yourself is that you can be inventive with the filling: a rich custard or chocolate ganache or both, or maybe something savoury, such as chive and cucumber cream cheese, or even simply just plain. That’s what makes this recipe an every day affair…

Winter can bring out the creative baker in us. So, what better way to begin this new year than with our “Every Day Choux”? Enjoy!

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“Back from Verona”

Enjoy our trip to Verona, Italy (to music by Marie Hines), where our book was made.

Picture Gallery of Verona

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Our book is available through this website (free shipping for first book), Amazon, and through select local retailers. (For international customers, please contact us for special pricing.)

BOOK COVER PICTURE MED RES
The Coffee Table Book on The Coastside: 
“…a beautiful compilation and the confections look delicious!”

The Former First Lady, Laura Bush

This 288-page, full color, 5.5 pound, 11.5″wx10.75″hx1.13″d, hardcover coffee table book was printed in Verona, Italy on 170gsm Gardamatt paper, each image spot varnished for vibrance, crowned by vivid Matte Laminated cover and silk-screen spot-lettering on the Jacket and Spine of the book, and finally bound in none other than Padua, Italy, the center of book-making!

For those who love the Art of Print, they will appreciate the high quality of this beautiful photographic landscape and dessert document of our Pacific Northern Coastside.

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 Click Photo to Purchase our Book

(If there is any glitch with ordering, please contact us!)

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Having spent hours taking photographs amidst empty beaches, beneath towering Cypresses, and overlooking endless bluffs, I am reminded by that insightful Shakespeare, who wrote, “Life’s but a walking shadow; a poor player that struts and frets his hour upon the stage, and then is heard no more.”

PHC, Author
Moss Beach Productions

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