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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Two Tartines from La Croix Rouge: Tartine Norvegienne & Tartine Saint-Germain #French Fridays with Dorie


two tartines from la croix rouge: simplelivingeating.com

Cafes are so much a part of the rhythm of Paris life. The cafe is where you do business, have lunch with friends... and spend time contemplating the existential meaning of life...

I have spent time pondering life in Parisan cafes. How could I not, I share a birthday, November 7th, with both Albert Camus, the author and philosopher who promoted the idea of absurdism: why we can't find meaning in life... and the song writer and singer Joni Mitchell who's song, Free Man in Paris, has always spoken to me personally.



woman in cafe: simplelivingeating.com
Me outside a Paris cafe when I was 30. 

I was a free man in Paris
I felt unfettered and alive
There was nobody calling me up for favors
And no one's future to decide
You know I'd go back there tomorrow...


but I have to feed my family now, and it seems that Tartine Norvegienne:


Tartine Norvegienne: simplelivingeating.com

An open face sandwich of buttered rye bread, smoked salmon with capers and fresh ground pepper is on the menu along with:

Tartine Saint-Germain:


Tartine Saint-Germain

Thinly sliced roast beef on rye with mayonnaise and topped with cornichons, salt and pepper. 

Both of these sandwiches are served at La Croix Rouge a cafe close to where Dorie Greenspan lives in Paris. The cafe is located in the fashion district, and it is here where Dorie keeps abreast of what is vogue.


Two Tartines from La Croix Rouge: simplelivingeating.com

I find it ironic that Paris is one of the world's fashion capitals because I find French woman to be much less trendy than Americans. Europeans in general tend to invest in fewer, better quality, more classic items of clothing than Americans. 

When I 30 and went to Paris with my oldest sister (oh, yes, it is another sister story) I think she was looking to indulge me a little, I was no longer a teenager she could convince to shlep luggage for her. I was finishing my master's degree in English and getting married. 

I have always loved scarves and my sister believes that everyone should own at least one best of everything. That meant only one thing... I got to pick out a scarf at Hermes. The world renown creator of some of the most beautiful hand painted silk scarfs.


hermes scarf: simplelivingeating.com

I picked this bird print because both my sister and I love birds; from the time I was little I always painted pictures of birds for my sister. 

I treasure this scarf still, it is 19 years old. It hasn't aged a bit... the value of investing in quality.  I wear it every Spring, and I aways get compliments on it. 

So as I sit here in my Hermes scarf eating my tartines and thinking of Paris, I can't help but think that these sandwiches need to be kicked up a notch. 

On the Tartine Norvegienne I replaced the butter with creme fraiche, my daughter used cream cheese; the tanginess of both of these spreads were more equally matched with the intense flavor of smoked salmon than butter.

On the Tarine Saint- Germain I replaced the mayonnaise with a thin smear of Inglehotter's Horseradish sauce. The pungentness of this sauce was a wonderful contrast to the sweetness of the cornichons... a lot more interesting.

I also think these sandwich fixing make great appetizers if you put them on the small square bread you can find in your deli section. I made delicious roast beef appetizers for a fundraiser:


st germain appetizers: simplelivingeating.com

So the meaning of life... 

I think it may be an absurd mix of tartines, Hermes scarfs, and generous sisters. 

What do you think?


Note: As a member of French Friday's with Dorie I am not allowed to print the recipe. I invite you to take a look at this wonderful cookbook "Around My French Table" if you are interested in this or any other recipe I review. 



Click here to see how the other Dorista's did.






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38 comments:

  1. Enjoyed your post and linked it at my post too!

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    1. Thanks Emily, I'll be visiting a little later today.

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  2. Love your scarf and the elegant young Diane photo:) I wish I had your beautiful tartine spread in my kitchen...

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    1. Thanks Liz,
      Those were the days... when I had time to travel. It will happen again.

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  3. Your scarf is devine. These were both good tartines, weren't they. I used cream cheese with the salmon too.

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    1. Thanks the scarf is still one of my favorites and I don't know if it's my American taste buds, but cream cheese is the way to go.

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  4. That scarf is BEAUTIFUL!!

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    1. Thank you so much.. I wish I could afford more Herme's scarfs. Maybe my sister will give me one for my 50th birthday.

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  5. What a great story! And you have beautiful photos! Glad these turned out so well with you additions!

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    1. Thanks Karen,
      I definitely have some great travel memories with my oldest sister.

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  6. Lovely story. Lovely scarf. Tasty sandwhiches.

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    1. Thank you... it was nice how these sandwiches brought me back for a while.

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  7. Weren't these delicious? I like the extra twists you added to yours. And your Paris musings. It makes me want to visit Paris NOW, well, maybe once it warms up a little. Happy Weekend!

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    1. We definitely need a Dorista Tour of Paris.

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  8. Diane, Court and Spark is the soundtrack for my life! It will probably be played at my funeral. Everyone who knows me well knows that album is MY music. I love your Hermes scarf and how nice that your sister bought it for you. I don't like smoked salmon but the roast beef tartine was really good. Yours look great!

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    1. Guyla you have great taste... I think the insights in the songs on Court and Spark are amazing... one of my all time favorite albums too.

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  9. Beautiful scarf and beautiful you! How wonderful that you and your sister have such wonderful memories to share. Your Tartines look perfectly delicious…a lovely tray for any party or get together! We enjoyed these, too! I used the same bread you used! Have a wonderful weekend, Diane!

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    1. We had a Russian rye (carraway seeds) and a marble rye... both were good, but the Russian was my favorite.

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  10. Diane, you certainly prepared elegant tartines - they look quite deilcious - it is interesting to see all the different kinds of bread that the Doristas chose for these lovely open-faced French sandwiches - and how nice that you prepared appetizer versions of the tartine St-Germain for a fundraiser. The Hèrmes scarves are the most beautiful scarves one can find - I proudly own two myself. No generous sister though...
    Have a nice weekend!

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    1. Two Hermes I'm jealous... yes, I love seeing all the different breads and toppings too.

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  11. Your breads look so beautiful - along with your tartines. I made mine pretty much as directed, but agree with you on the salmon - I would have liked something more. Oh so happy that this brought back great memories that you shared with us!!

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  12. Your tartines are beautiful and your substitutions sound perfect!

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  13. Nice post! I'm glad your second trip to Paris with your sister was a little more equitable than the first! Your tartines and your scarf are beautiful. It is inspiring me to dig out my Fendi scarves and give them a whirl this summer.

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    1. Absolutely break out the Fendi's... a good scarf never goes out of style.

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  14. Love the scarf:) The tartines look deliciious. I liked the simplicity and delicious taste of the Saint-Germain Tartine. Next time, I need to try it with some horseradish.

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  15. Love your sister stories. Keep telling them. You know that I think that pix of you in Paris should be your Facebook pix. It's a classic. When Michael and I were first married (more than 26 years ago) we went to Provence and Michael bought me a Hermes scarf. Remembering that I was still a hard-working Iowa newspaper woman, I thought I had died and gone to heaven. I actually brought that scarf to Cambria with me. I wish I had thought to put it on while making and eating the tartines. That's so fabulous. I changed up the spreads also. Work hard, take care of your family, enjoy the heck out of your kids (as you are) and you and your husband will still have plenty of time to travel after they've flown.

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    1. Thanks Mary... I love that you still have and love your Hermes scarf too... they are really special.

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  16. When I was 16, I bought a Hermes scarf from Harrods; but it has long since disappeared. That was a very sad day.
    Your tartines look like they belong in a bistro!

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    1. 16 I'm impressed that you had such good taste at such a young age... so sad to hear that is gone.

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  17. Your sandwiches looks delicious! I grew up hearing stories of my grandmas trips to France, and all the different foods. I just started a new link-up, Meal Planning Monday Recipe Link-Up and would love to invite you to share your sandwich recipes at my linky party. :) http://www.aprilshomemaking.com/2014/03/meal-planning-monday-recipe-link-up.html

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  18. The scarf is gorgeous! I'm trying to focus on de-cluttering and buying fewer, higher quality items this year, we'll see how I do. I like the cream cheese idea. I thought butter was an odd pairing with lox.

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    1. Thanks Jora,,, it is one of my favorite. I am trying to do the same thing. If I can get down to all good items.. then I'll always look good... or so that's the theory.

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  19. Diane, I love the scarf. Something beautiful to treasure. Love the roast beef tartines, too, including the pickle :)

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  20. YUM! My kids would love the roast beef with pickles, LOL. Thank you so much for sharing at Simple Supper Tuesday.

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  21. Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog hop, I’ll be featuring you, so please feel free to grab my Featured Button! Have a great week!

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  22. What a lovely post, Diane. We would really enjoy your tartines. Happy St. Patrick’s Day to Ya and thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with Full Plate Thursday!
    Come Back Soon,
    Miz Helen

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