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Vive la saucisse!

My poor non French people,   You can't know how hard it is for a Parisienne to live in California like I do.  Imagine, living in a place where everybody is smiling all the time! Where people actually say hello and "have a good day" in the shops or at the restaurant! I was so shocked when I first moved to LA that I thought people were actually making fun of me and were laughing in my back. Why couldn't they just groan ...

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Chicken Tagine les amis !

My poor non-French people, It’s hard to admit for a French and perfect patriot like me, but I owe you to tell  the vérité, the entire vérité, and just the vérité… Ok... Sometimes the best French food is not French. Well… It’s French… In the way that millions of Français cook it on a regular basis and consider it part of their cultural heritage. But it wasn’t developed in the strict Hexagon formed by our borders. Like Tagine for exemple. Tagine de poulet 4 chicken breast or ...

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Pass me the Pastis ! Tarte aux figues au pastaga…

My dear, non French people, Let me try to debunk another horrible prejudice that people usually have against us, the Francais. No, we're not all obsessed with wine.Some of us also enjoy a little glass of a stronger alcohol, from time to time. Like Pastis for example. This anise flavored-liquor is a must-have in any French cupboard. No apéritif without Pastis ! It's also deeply linked with South of France and Provence, and that's why I thought of it when I bought figs at the ...

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Mango Sisters’ Tatin !

My poor, dear, non French people, I don't know how it works for your guys, but in my country, friendship is very important.  French and Perfect women all have their own little gang, girls with whom they can redefine a better world, talk about Poetry and the last Vanessa Bruno Collection, and get wasted. I've been living in LA for two years now, and have had the great chance to form my own precious perfect local gang. But sometimes I get nostalgic, and think ...

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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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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 ...