Bruschetta with tomato…and a day at Montsoreau brocante.

We will always have to eat. Even if it is just something quick and simple. A bruschetta is just that. Quick and simple.

I cut a baguette into slices, spooned some tomato paste on top with a slice of cemembert cheese,  and lastly added a slice of semi dried tomato in olive oil and freshy shredded basil. Place onto a grill for a few seconds and serve with freshly milled pepper and a sprinkling of fleur de sel.

Last year, when we arrived back home, I wrote about my little village Montlouis sur Loire in this post:  Scorpion fish with citrus salad.  We are now back again from our time in correze and this morning I took my camera and sketching stuff and headed for our bigger town Tours, a place I really love for its architecture and green parks, tree lanes, fresh markets and yes,  its shops and people. I wanted to show what I see. But it  started raining. I ran for cover and enjoyed a coffee and croissant while waiting for the skies to clear. When that didn’t happen, I bought a cake and on impulse decided to drive to Montsoreau where there is a “puce”(fleamarket) on today. It is a quaint little village on the Loire and it just feels like holiday being there. The spirit today was one of holiday indeed. The clouds made room for the sun, which had me take out my purse way more than initially planned.

…a large platter…

…old prints…

…my weak spot – story plates, and tasses de cafés

…les puces de montsoreau…

…à la prochaine!..


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21 responses

  1. Liewe Ronelle
    Ek skryf nou maar in Afrikaans want ek sê nou net wat in my hart is…”Genugtig nou was ek darem baie jaloers toe ek al die dinge lees…ek verlang nou so na ons tydjie saam daar met n koppie koffie en croissant! En die flea market, ens…ens…ens….al die mooi fotos en antieke goeters en klere….nee, nou huil ek sommer!! Anyway…lieflike post en pragtige fotos!!! Wens ek was vandag saam met jou daar!!!….:) O ja, en die Bruschetta met tamatie broodjies lyk heerlik! Arno gaan my nou vir koffie vat want ek is darem nou te baie hartseer dat ek nie die dag met jou kon deel nie…he-he!” :) Ixx

    13/09/2010 at 15:11

  2. Hey Ronelle! I felt so happy when I saw your post sitting in my side bar at the bottom of my blog (smile).
    This market at Montsoreau looks so wonderful. I can’t even imagine being able to just get in my car and drive to such a collection of wonderment. That’s nice…
    Ooh, and your bruschetta looks so delicious. I’m going to make some right now. Yeah, I am. I have a big, red organic tomato, cheese, and basil just outside. I’m making it!
    p.s. Glad you’re back, Ronelle…

    13/09/2010 at 15:49

  3. So Glad you are back, I missed you! Oh your bruschetta looks wonderful and the delightful market.. Oh it would be so nice to wander thru.. thank you for sharing and so happy to hear from you,Diana

    13/09/2010 at 16:44

  4. Roaming through markets like this are always a pleasure/ Your light fare of bruschetta would hit the spot after a beautiful day like the ones in your photos.

    13/09/2010 at 17:41

  5. Quel beau billet..plein de soleil et de joie..

    J’adore tes assiettes:) La bruschetta ..semble délicieuse..
    I see you eating a croissant and drinking coffee..Thank you for sharing your day with us~
    Au bord de l’eau..génial ♥

    13/09/2010 at 21:54

  6. Bruschetta is soo.. Miam! and easy to make ~ Thank you for your lovely post. What a fabulous market and in such a beautiful spot ~ I would have loved to have been there!

    13/09/2010 at 23:12

  7. Bruschetta is a staple when we make appetizers. I will definitely try your recipe as it is a little different and sound delicious. I also loved your photos of the french markets.


    13/09/2010 at 23:32

  8. I loved the journey to Montsoreau – one that I hope to take next spring. Story plates? All sweetness and fun. And I think I could make many meals out of your delightful bruschetta. Grilled. Yes. Just warmed to the heart.

    14/09/2010 at 01:10

  9. Hello my friend,
    so happy to read your post, and of course my favorite subject: the French Puces,….what can I say, I’m drooling…
    the bruschetta looks very appetizing,will def follow you on that one.
    love your trouvaille and the color of your story plates and cups…perfect!
    looking forward to see what you are going to dish up on that divine platter…

    14/09/2010 at 06:54

  10. Martie Manley

    Hi Ronell

    Ek skryf ook nou sommer in Afrikaans. Wou iets in Frans skryf, maar my bietjie Frans het ek nou so verwaarloos. So bly jy is terug want ek geniet jou blogg so. Hou van die resepte, ( ek is mos mal oor resepte) en die mooi fotos en sketsies wat jy so tussenin plaas. Dis so pragtig. Wou nog altyd ‘n toer in die Loir vallei doen. Ons het nou ‘n student wat van daardie deel van Frankryk kom, se wyne geproe vir sy navorsing. Chenin Blanc en Suavignon Blanc.
    Maar die blogg is ‘n vreugde en vrolik sommer my dag op.


    Tannie Martie

    14/09/2010 at 07:14

  11. Un petit voyage heureuze! Lovely, as always, Ronnelle. :-)

    14/09/2010 at 08:58

  12. Looks delicious! I especially like the photos of the clothing and the boat….classic. So now you are back home. Ingrid posted so many fabulous shots from her trip to France…I have enjoyed the tour immensely.

    14/09/2010 at 12:08

  13. Thank you for visiting…much appreciated as always!!

    Dankie vir die kuierjties en mooi komplimente!


    14/09/2010 at 19:53

  14. A lovely post! Thanks for the virtual visit.

    Mouthwatering bruschette.



    14/09/2010 at 20:43

  15. Your photos of the market reminded me of Seurat – even including a booth selling clothing which could have been worn at that time. Just lovely!

    Welcome back, Ronelle. You were missed…

    15/09/2010 at 06:38

  16. Andrea-lynne

    Welcome back I have missed you. The Market looked real great would have loved the chance to take a stroll through. Andrea Lynne

    15/09/2010 at 21:01

  17. Your post is all so refreshing…makes me want to be in France..thanks for visiting me too.
    Shel x

    16/09/2010 at 18:37

  18. I love the new look on your blog,..very cool!

    Thanks for this tasty bruschetta recipe & your pictures are so lovely, Ronelle!

    17/09/2010 at 19:18

  19. pat

    I did the street sales today but didn’t find the treasures you found. Remind me not to go to any of these vendors if (when) I come to visit. I will not be able to pass anything up and will have to ship them home and I will be in big trouble financially because of these bargains.

    18/09/2010 at 19:59

  20. I adore story plates and the old prints.

    Thanks for taking us on the little tour ~ always a pleasure.


    21/09/2010 at 15:32

  21. Rockof1942

    A lovely reminder of one of my favourite spots. Until recently we had a maison secondaire near Saumur and we often picknicked just across the river from Montsoreau, walked the river back to Chouze and returned later to the Diane de Meridor for dinner. Oh happy days! Once in the flea market I bought a copy of a book called “Voyage autour de ma Chambre” first published in 1795. It details the travels (in his mind) by an army officer who was put under house arrest for six weeks for duelling. Each day he wrote a chapter. He slowly brings us around the room, from the door to the bed, from the bed to the window, all the while exploring and dwelling on objects that are otherwise taken for granted. And what he see brings back memories, focusses ideas, leads him to look at things anew, as did your post. Thank you

    01/02/2011 at 23:08


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