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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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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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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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