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Be a good pâte! Bake a French and perfect Pâte brisée!

My dear, poor, non French people, Today I've decided to be bonne pâte.  I guess you strange English speaking people would say I’ve decided to « be a good sport », which sums up well our cultural gap : when we think of somebody being nice, we compare him or her to a tasty baking dough. Not to a weird and tiring hobby. Anyhow, let me give you my French and Perfect recipes for a good pie dough. Pâte Brisée     2 cups Flour  4 oz Butter  1 Egg Yolk  1/8 cup Chilled water ...

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Don’t be chicken! Cook some poulet basquaise!

My dear non French people, I hear from time to time that people outside of my wonderful country think that we French and perfect people are proud and arrogant.  Well, why wouldn't we ? Didn't we invent the Camembert and the chateau de Versailles ?  And anyhow, this is nothing compared to the wonderful strong and proud character of the Basque people. They live in the South West of France and the Northern part of Spain, and you might have heard that they have ...

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Plum plum plum plum

My poor non French people, Let me share with you today the perfect French dessert of this end of summer. It’s simple, tasty and a little wonder to a melancholic heart. La tarte aux prunes (de mamie Laurence) 1 pate brisée 2 pounds of plums 2 tbsp Sugar 3 or 4 tbsp Semolina This pie is something like a fountain of youth. Each bite you have takes you back directly to your childhood and helps you forget about, you know… Time (the one that always goes ...

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How green was my tomate…

My dear non French people,   Let me confess. Last week, at the supermarket, I fell in love. They were standing in front of me, big, confident, and generous… And, I must say, so sexy. Really, don’t you adore those amazing green tomatoes ?   What could I do with them ? As I went back to my car, of course I thought of Fried Green Tomatoes (specially the "parking lot Madness" scene, my favorite part of the movie) Mais quoi… I can't lower myself to cook an ...

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LAPIN LAPIN LAPIN !

My poor non French people, Would you please do me a favor and stop calling us "Froggies" ? It always remind us, French and perfect women, how rare it is now to eat frog legs: you find them very scarcely at the marché, almost as rarely as fresh vegetables in an American student's fridge.  And anyhow, frog is not the only strange meat we have. We also love calf's brains, beef tongue, horse (Heart of horse, my favorite comfy food!), and lapin. Yes, ...

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Beet it ! Rave it ! Have some Betterave !

My poor non French people, It's time for me to tell you about the French jewel of our earth : Beets. They are a basics of our daily culinary bliss, and even saved us from the evil Britts when Napoleon discovered that sugar could be produced out of it.  Yes, that's how we survived from the wicked blocade imposed by those tea-drinkers and almost didn't lose at Waterloo. Merci Napo ! For me la betterave is above all the smell of my grand-mothers's kitchen in ...

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Forget mustard : you must try moutarde !

My poor non French people,   Sometimes I feel so sorry for you. Is that true that American kids believe that French dressing is a sugary  kind of sauce (Ketchup and Worcestershire in it, really ?) ? Or that you really think that this awful yellow bottle of French's is actually French mustard ? I tell you, the mustard climbs to my nose just thinking of it. (This is a French expression to explain incredible anger, something like what your green friend Hulk would express) Now, ...

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Eat your wine, have some fraises !

My dear poor non French people, This blog is a great opportunity for me to tell the world what we Français are about, and to put an end to too many outrageous prejudices. Non, we're not spending our days with a glass of wine in the hand. Sometimes, when it's very hot like today in Los Angeles, we also have it in our plate. So allow me to share with you one of my grand mother's recipes : Les Fraises au vin. 1 pound of Strawberries 1/2 ...

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Don’t be Crude ! Eat your Crudités

My poor non French people, It's with deep sadness that I must announce you that once again, you American people have it all wrong about food. Non, the Raw diet is not a Californian invention. It was discovered centuries ago by us, the Français. Eh oui ! That's what we call les Crudités. A proper lunch in a French and perfect household could never happen unless Crudités are first served. It's usually based on fresh vegetables and amazing vinaigrette.  The best example is the carottes râpées.   6 carrots 1 ...

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RA-TA-TOUILLE

My poor non French people, On this hot and summery day in California, let me save you again with this gorgeous and healthy and (almost) vegan classic : la Ratatouille. RA-TA-TOUILLE Non, you don't have to be a rat chef from Hollywood to master it... It's actually one of the easiest dish to do. Even men cuisine it sometimes, alors...   4 zucchinis 1 Bell pepper 1 eggplant 1 can diced peeled tomatoes 7 ounces of bacon 1 onion 1 garlic clove, salt and pepper I was given the secret of the Parfaite ...