dimanche 13 avril 2014

Paris Book Mob

   Yesterday was the first ever Paris Book Mob sponsored by the American Library. We met up at the Tour Eiffel not really having an idea of where to go. Only when we spotted fellow book holders did we realize we were among the right bunch. We had to pose ourselves for 3 min and freeze. Important to check to make sure you have an interesting page to read for 3 minutes - never realized this is a long time to read the same page!! We mingled among the tourists in line, found a good spot and on cue froze for 3 minutes. A few came really close to see what I was reading. I could overhear various comments - "What's this?" "Why are all these people standing there with books?" What was really neat was there were a handful of students from my class participating as well!
Coming soon the promotional video for the American Library in Paris!












vendredi 7 mars 2014

Caramelized Apple Tarte Fine

   Thin apple tarts are so easy to make and when you make them yourself, there are no bad ingredients inside. Try to buy apples from a local grower - even better.




Making your own pie crust is not easy with the double and triple steps of leaving overnight to rise, reknead, etc. After all, making an apple tarte doesn't do justice if you don't make your own crust - but who has time for that?? I found this super easy thin pie crust from Clotilde over at Chocolate and Zucchini and decided to check it out. Very simple to make and only requires one hour of chilling in frigo.
Here is a link to her super easy puff pastry:

http://chocolateandzucchini.com/recipes/cakes-tarts/rough-puff-quick-easy-puff-pastry-recipe/

Not bad for first try. I know, I need to work on my presentation skills.....going for taste!


And voilá! Look at this beauty!




These tarts make a great afternoon snack or anytime you are looking for a coffee or tea pick me up.

Here is a link to Clotilde's super easy caramelized apple tarte fine:

http://chocolateandzucchini.com/recipes/cakes-tarts/caramelized-apple-tarte-fine-recipe/

 - remember she says her trick is in the butter - so make sure you choose a good one. And don't forget to butter and sugar the parchment paper underneath the dough before cooking tarte - oh yea!

Happy snacking!



dimanche 2 février 2014

La Chandeleur

   This is an old post, but thought I would share again as today is Jour des Crèpes.

Today 2 February in France is La Chandeleur or Fête de la Lumière or Jour des Crèpes. This religious holiday was to commemorate the purification of the Virgin Mary and the presentation of Baby Jesus. However, now it is mostly recognized as a celebration of a return to spring after a cold dark winter. The pancake link (as there seems to always be a "food" link with French Fêtes and why not!!) is that the pancakes symbolizes the round, golden sun.

An old superstition is that on this day one holds a gold coin in their left hand while flipping the first crêpe prepared in the pan in their right hand. If one has a successful toss of the crêpe, they will be rewarded with good luck all year round.




So happy tossing and mange beaucoup de crêpes!!

samedi 1 février 2014

I don't Speak English Very Well

   So many times we go into a shop asking if they speak English and we most often get the same response.. "very leetle". Once again, I went into our local pharmacy asking for something in French, but not quite getting the words correctly, switched over asking our over used cop out phrase, "Do you speak English?" Most of the time the French clerks see us coming a mile away and suddenly claim l'heure de dejeuner and run quickly to the nearest door. This time, however she had no where to run. So I asked for a special bandage and even had an example of what I was actually looking for. I said to the clerk, "Have you learned English yet?" Shyly she said, " I don' t like to speak English". I said, "Ah, but you know a bit". "Yes but my accent is bad", she said. She gave me my bandages and I said she could keep the one I gave her. She replied, "Yes, a souvenir. Thank you." Outside I told my friend the story and I said she must understand English if she understands the word "souvenir". My friend replied in a matter of typical French responses, "But yes, the word 'souvenir' is French!" I guess I am the idiot now!

L'heure déjeuner: lunch time


dimanche 22 septembre 2013

Cuisine!

   Stopped by Pierre Hermé today to give them a letter of motivation for Rachel's stage (internship). I do hope she gets it. Of course, cannot stop here without buying a few goodies. Their macarons are amazing. They have a new flavor called Ephemeral..... I guess you can say it is.....olive oil and mandarin orange infused with cucumber water....



On another cooking note, this is the season for carrotte violette - they are beautiful and delicious to boot. Get them before they're all gone!!






Market Day

   Today walking among the crowded thursday market trying to dodge the umbrellas when suddenly my hat was lifted off my head by a random umbrella and off it went. I yelled to the lady, but she didn't hear me. Hmm, hope it saw some interesting things.





lundi 19 août 2013

Vending Fruits and Veggies

   The French must love the vending machine concept. Once again, while in Loire Valley, I stumbled upon a fruit and vegetable vending machine. It was set up by a local farmer - he had his sign proudly displayed letting everyone know the products came from his farm only 800m down the road. You choose your item, put the money in, the door opens and voilá - you have farm fresh fruit or vegetables
- price includes fruit flies.