Red berries sorbet and Rue Scellerie in Tours.

In the extreme heat we are experiencing, a sorbet is more refreshing than ice cream… and my favourite…red berries. Combined with some poached summer peaches and a scoop of vanilla/peach ice cream and topped with some chantilly… a peche melba to die for. But for now, only a scoop of sorbet with a min leaf. This is a popular sorbet found at La patisserie de Madame Cheftel in rue Scellerie in Tours. Delicious.

VF: Dans l’extrême chaleur qu’on subi maintenant en France, il n’y a pas mieux qu’un sorbet…fait maison en plus. Un sorbet aux fruits rouges. Pour un dessert somptueux, on fait des pêches pochées, ajoute une glace vanille ou même de la pêche, une boule de sorbet et on sert avec un nuage de chantilly. Et voilà, un délicieux pêche melba! Mais pour l’instant, restons à une boule de sorbet aux fruits rouges, décorée avec un feuille de la menthe. Délicieux!

Recipe from Ice cream and iced desserts(Le grand livre des glaces) – Joanna Farrow & Sara Lewis.


  • Use other fruit…strawberries, peaches(remove skin), apricots(remove skin)…winter fruits like pear(peeled) combined with a little white  sauterne wine. (Don’t add too much alcohol or else your sorbet won’t freeze.)
  • Add some peaches to the red berries for a more intense flavor.
  • Add some finely chopped mint leaves for a fresh flavor.
  • Stirring the sorbet every now and then when making it by hand, helps break up the ice crystals to give a smoother, creamier sorbet.
  • during the warm summer days, keep the ice cream maker out of heat or warm air when making the sorbet, it will help  your ice cream/sorbet reaching the iced staged quicker.

Rue Scellerie is one of my favorite streets in Tours. It walks up to the cathedral where I always make a stop and it passes by my favourite patisserie de Madame Cheftel. It has antique stores, book stores, our Grand Theatre, exclusive boutiques, a toy shop with GORGEOUS toys – a far cry from toys are us! Of course a chocolaterie, one or two salons de thé, an art galery, a park with a fountain and it ends at the cathedral.

VF: Rue Scellerie est une de mes préférées a Tours. Je prends si  fréquemment la route, fais un arrêt à la pâtisserie de la charmante Madame Cheftel pour un thé et un petit gâteau et continue ma vadrouille, passe les boutiques exclusives, un mignon magasin de jeux d’enfants, un chocolaterie, une galerie des arts, prend une repose auprès de la fontaine dans le parc, et finis à la Cathédrale de Tours.

…our Grand Theatre, dates from about 1794, was destroyed by a fire in 1883. Everything was burnt down to the ground except for four walls. In 1889 the doors were opened again, just to be closed by the world war I in 1914 and then again for world war II and reopened again in 1939, after the war(le grand Theatre d,epoque de 1700, ferme pour les deux guerres du monde et réouvert dans 1939)...

…a street filled with  old book stores(pleine de librairies)

…and antique stores… and brocantes(antiquités et brocantes)…

…and a scary old lady in her VERY old ancienne book store, not taking nonsense from anyone and I always first peep through the window to see if she is out, before I enter(une vieille dame d’une nature un peu effrayante dans  une librairie ancienne, et avant d’entrer dans sa librairie, je jète un œil pour vérifier qu’elle n’est pas présente!))…

…a little store with an adorable proprietesse who has lovely old curtains made from old fabric and who doesn’t want to sell her bicycle(un magasin avec  des rideaux faits de vieille tissu et un vélo pas à vendre, dommage)

…shops with old medals and coins for the men and old jewellery for the ladies(des magasin au goût des homme et ceux-là avec des bijoux pour plaire aux  femmes.

…tea and cake at Madame Cheftel’s Patisserie – having her shop for already 29 years and always greeting one with her chic short hair, wearing her black apron, her wide smile and a little joke at the ready…how can we not stop by and indulge in her delicacies(un goûter chez Madame Cheftel qui a son pâtisserie déjà 29 ans et elle est toujours charmante, chaleureuse, souriante avec un air chic aux cheveux courtes et elle court partout en tablier noir, folle d’énergie)

…which already wink at you in her window display(les gourmandises nous séduisent en vitrine)

…and then off to browse again the  every-4th- sunday-brocante in rue scellerie; small and intimate, but with an interesting find every time among all the(et voilà la brocante de chaque quatrième Dimanche, très agréeable malgré le petit nombre des exposants) …

…stuff – displayed on the ground, or sometimes not so stable tops(on fouille par terre, sur les tables bancale)…

…but always inviting one to lean in for that closer peak(on regarde de prés) …

…or to simply just walk and say hi to the brocanteurs, who endure bitter cold, hoping optimistically they will make a sale(on discute avec les brocanteurs, qui endurent parfois des températures sévères avec l’optimisme d’en faire au moins une vente ou deux)  …

Bon weekend et à la prochaine!

16 responses

  1. A gorgeous sorbet! Perfect with the heatwave we are having. Your clicks are so pretty!

    Cheers et bon weekend,


    02/07/2010 at 11:53

  2. Hey Ronelle, this sorbet sounds wonderful. I agree that it’s so much more refreshing than ice cream when the heat is like it is lately. And that berry is so pretty. I’ve never seen a berry quite like that. Nice!
    I love your photos too-they remind me of wonderful things…

    02/07/2010 at 13:58

  3. I love seeing all the photos of the antiques and shops, and the sorbet looks fabulous too.

    02/07/2010 at 14:23

  4. Awesome treat for hot summer days. We are just returning from the Loire Valley. Your photos remind me of the beauty of the French countryside and all the great food and other treats that await you.

    Thanks for sharing.

    02/07/2010 at 19:41

  5. Ronell, what a lovely post…as always! The red berry looks so perfect….wnad the sorbet delicious!
    All the photos are beautiful and I can’t wait for next week when I see all the pretty French shops…Patisserie, antique, etc.

    02/07/2010 at 20:11

  6. dinahmow

    Ooh! That rich water colour scoop of juicy-ness! ( It’s winter here and I’m enjoying raspberries for breakfast. Imagine!)

    03/07/2010 at 04:35

  7. ek wil weer gaan…..!!! ugh ek is sommer jaloers omdat Ingrid dit saam jou kan doen volgende week!….ai ! dit is net die vlieg wat my terughou, anders het ek sowaar nou impuslief opgetree! lekker dag ColX

    03/07/2010 at 08:03

  8. A lovely & fabulous sorbet!!

    MMMMMMMMM,…a real refreshing treat!

    03/07/2010 at 16:15

  9. HI Ronelle, I love your blog, it is so endearing. May I include your blog on my blog roll of blogs to enjoy. I know my friends and readers would love to see it. please let me know and if you get time look at mine and see if you would like to add it to your list. thank you so much,Diana

    04/07/2010 at 01:25

  10. So refreshing and thank you for the walk through Tours

    04/07/2010 at 02:03

  11. Hi Ronelle, I put the wrong address.. shouldn’t type when i’m Sleepy.. it is
    thank you, good Nite , Diana

    04/07/2010 at 04:38

  12. Andrea-lynne

    I always look forward to your post. Hmmmm the sorbet looks so good I can almost taste it. Thank-You for the tour . Andrea-lynne

    04/07/2010 at 07:52

  13. I have been thinking (too much thinking going on) about making sorbet during the hot July weather here. So refreshing and yours is summer-berry-red-beautiful. I thoroughly enjoy the glimpses into your walks about town. Now I would love a taste of the sorbet – I have my own mint leaf.

    06/07/2010 at 01:53

  14. Oh Ronell, what a fantastic looking sorbet! And that street full of stalls… it’s food photography prop heaven!

    06/07/2010 at 15:27

  15. Your pictures make me miss living in France so much! I might be satisfied if I can get my hands on some real chèvre though…
    bon we!

    09/07/2010 at 19:58

  16. Je ne connais pas Tours mais je suis sûre que c’est une très jolie ville, dans laquelle il fait bon vivre !

    12/07/2010 at 19:35


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