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Herme’s Miniatures

I am going to keep this weekend post short and calorie free….A first on this blog and I hope you won’t hurt too much while in sugar withdrawal. Thankfully for your (and mine) sweet tooth, there will be plenty of chocolate and butter to be blogged about next week!

Call me obsessed with the man, or just a fervent admirer of his talent and creations (although I will tell you about my newest pastry God next week), but I have been wanting these miniatures the day I saw them on Carol’s Paris Breakfast blog. Not only did she photograph them but she also painted them with exquisite accuracy. She included various sources to order them and I clicked away that very minute. I was "that" close to getting the Visa out when my little angel of reason perched itself on my shoulder and whispered "You don’t have money for futilities right now Tartelette…put the card back!" I could hear the little pastry demon on the other shoulder whisper "But you want them…go ahead…." I closed the computer screen and walked away, but the miniatures remained on my mind for a couple of days while the pastry demon and angel were going at it over my head….Arghhhh!!! I decided to email the link to my mother and see what her reaction would be, she always steer me in the right direction. She emailed back something along the lines of "These would be perfect for the display box I am building!"….Didn’t I tell you she would help?!! Not only does she frame beautifully but she also builds shadow boxes and displays for people’s collectibles.

I got these the other weekend and within an hour, all eight sets of Pierre Herme’s miniatures were assembled. Trust me when I say they are tiny (twizers were required for some parts), but aren’t they just amazingly real looking and adorable? I love my family: as soon as they were all assembled and photographed my husband and his "belle-maman" (mother-in-law) both said "Now you got to make them real life and do a side by side…and we get to taste!" Well, if you look closely I already made one…and there is another one to come next week.

Yep…now you can call me weird!

In other news: thank you for all of you who voted for me in the Death By Chocolate contest, but I won’t be going to Napa just yet. Congratulations to Cathy of Eating Out In New York, the lucky winner who will attend the Chocolate Festival held there. I had a blast participating and felt extremely honored to be among such fabulous finalists! Way to go ladies!

Sorry folks for the short post but there is a gazillion things to get done before my mom leaves, especially pick her brain about savories, since it is her field of expertise.

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Jaime February 9, 2008 um 9:23 pm

those are so adorable! i’m afraid i’m not able to pick out where your real miniature is…will need to keep looking for a bit ๐Ÿ™‚

sorry you did not win, but you had an amazing entry to say the least!

Jaime February 9, 2008 um 9:24 pm

oh wait – is is the macarons?

Rasa Malaysia February 9, 2008 um 9:59 pm

Awwww…they are so cute, I love everything miniatures…mini everything, especially dessert because I can try out everything. I saw a lot of mini tartlets when I was in South of France…I love them.

LizNoVeggieGirl February 9, 2008 um 10:22 pm

no need to apologize for a short post – any post from you, Helen, is a treat! :0)

your entry was amazing – you should have won!!

ally February 9, 2008 um 11:41 pm

i love your blog. It is part of my daily reading!

Ben February 10, 2008 um 12:29 am

They are so cute, I want a set now. And I am looking forward to reading about the real life versions. Don{t worry, nobody will think you are weird :-p

Anita (Married… with dinner) February 10, 2008 um 12:50 am

rats — now we’re going to have to figure out another way to get you out here!!

Anonymous February 10, 2008 um 1:09 am

u’re definitely not weird! i asked my mum to hunt for these in hong kong right after i saw them online too! i’m a big fan of pierre herme as well, so i’m really looking forward to more of ur herme creations. keep up w/ the awesome work! ๐Ÿ˜€

Cannelle Et Vanille February 10, 2008 um 1:45 am

i am so jealous! these are just adorable and yes, I am too obsessed with the man. I can’t wait to hear what chef is your new obsession!

Dana February 10, 2008 um 1:56 am

Adorable!!! Love them :). And thanks for your lovely comment on my blog. So inspiring!! I hope I can say the same 10 years from now!!

Katy February 10, 2008 um 1:58 am

so cute! they’re like the miniature ships/trains/airplanes that people build, but for bakers!!!

Peabody February 10, 2008 um 4:52 am

Loving those! They are so darn cute!!!!

Manggy February 10, 2008 um 6:42 am

I was wondering… "Calorie-free? What?!!?" Before I realized they weren’t real… But man, if you could magically turn them into the real thing… wow. They look so beautiful. I recognize only the Ispahan and Mont Blanc ๐Ÿ™‚

Brilynn February 10, 2008 um 1:56 pm

I knit cupcakes… I can therefore never call this weird… They are adorable!

Liliana February 10, 2008 um 2:50 pm

What amazing creativity! They look so real…I also would have been tempted to purchase them!

Amrita February 10, 2008 um 3:41 pm

oh my! How weird, ha! I just ordered these online…hehe..they are ADOOORABLE!

Amanda at Little Foodies February 10, 2008 um 4:00 pm

I’ve studied it for ages and I still can’t work it out. Enjoy the precious time you have with your mum before she leaves.

Veron February 10, 2008 um 7:56 pm

I just ordered mine, you evil temptress! I might receive it by the end of this week! ๐Ÿ™‚

Unknown February 10, 2008 um 8:04 pm

I got them too! I’ve been afraid to put them together because I think I’ll knock them over or lose them, so they’re just in their plastic bags! But aren’t they soooo cute!

Annemarie February 10, 2008 um 8:05 pm

Oh how I love these. When we were in Japan we found the kitchenware district, where they had store after store of mini plastic sushi and soups. I was like a kid in a (fake) candy shop and had to take home several pieces with me.

Gloria Baker February 10, 2008 um 10:49 pm

Looks lovely!!!! I like so this type of miniatures, are really beautiful. Gloria

Piccola February 11, 2008 um 2:40 am

these are absolutely beautiful! i would love to get my hands on them ๐Ÿ˜€

Lesley February 11, 2008 um 10:00 pm

Now THAT is an obsession with all things pastry.
I’ve put on the lbs…I need to blog about fake pastry as well! Much better for the waistline.

Emily February 11, 2008 um 11:40 pm

Oooh, cool!

Oh crap, it’s starting to storm here. MUST get off computer.

Anonymous February 12, 2008 um 4:06 am

They’re wonderful! You are not weird! ๐Ÿ™‚

kellypea February 12, 2008 um 8:50 am

I just love a female who, like me, can’t resist something she "needs!" And mmmm…you know how I love savories…

Cakelaw February 12, 2008 um 10:08 am

These are gorgeous – I am locking up my credit card, ’cause I want some of these now.

Anonymous February 12, 2008 um 3:58 pm

soo soo cute!!? Can I send you my addy for you to ship some! ๐Ÿ™‚

Great and awesome looking post.

Deborah February 12, 2008 um 4:56 pm

Too cute!!

Monique February 14, 2008 um 6:52 am

I’ve just tried PH for the first time in Tokyo a few days ago. He’s fantastic! These miniatures are so cute, it’s tempting!

Julie February 15, 2008 um 4:52 pm

Beyond adorable! When I was in Tokyo I got the rose napoleon and it lived up to all expectations I had.

Unknown February 17, 2008 um 2:29 pm

Oh my, Helen! I’m so tempted to get all 8 sets, but where would I keep them without losing all those tiny pieces?

chriesi February 21, 2008 um 5:34 pm


Parisbreakfasts October 1, 2008 um 6:40 pm

It’s never too late to comment on P Herme minis…I just found this
I guess your mum has them now..
But a 2nd set is coming out in Dec!
Who can wait:(
And why doesn’t Laduree get on the bandwagon??
There’s some SPAM just above me BTW


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