It is so nice to start a short week after a relaxing weekend away with friends. We just got back from a few days in Stroudsburg, PA, and while I am happy to be home, I definitely missed the absolute dark and quiet last night!
When we arrived at our friends’ house late Friday night we came bearing gifts: this pie, a cake and a loaf of this challah. I get so much pleasure from sharing homemade treats with others, and I think it started the holiday weekend off on a sweet note!
This sweet and salty pie is inspired by Richard Parkes Bonington’s watercolor of 1826, The Salt Marshes near Trouville. British by birth but raised primarily in France, Bonington is credited with bringing aspects of the Romantic English style to France. After attending the École des Beaux-Arts, Bonington started to see a great deal of attention for his artistic abilities, and won a gold medal at the Paris Salon in 1824, at the age of 22. He was dead from tuberculosis four short years later, but is still considered to be one of the most important painters from the early nineteenth century.
The Salt Marshes near Trouville is an excellent example of the delicate coastal landscapes he became known for. A low horizon with trees and a small town meets a large sky with gentle touches of pale blue. The brilliance in Bonington’s paintings comes from his incredible handling of light, which creates a calm yet detailed scene. I picture a farmer looking out his window across the marshes, savoring a last cup of coffee and slice of pie before venturing outside to work.
I hope today’s transition back to work after a long weekend is an easy one, but how could it not be with a slice of this?
Recipe adapted from The Four & Twenty Blackbirds Piebook
Featured art: Richard Parkes Bonington, The Salt Marshes near Trouville, 1826, watercolor and graphite on paper