Sunday, March 13, 2011

The Boy Amelie

In case you missed it, Anne Ditmeyer of Prêt a Voyager posted a wonerful piece on the filmmaker who found a roll of film in New York and vowed to find its owner. The filmmaker, who has been dubbed "the boy Amelie,"  and his amazing story can be found here.  If you have a few minutes, and you want something to make you smile, check it out.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Week-end Simple: Learn French

Seriously, you really can  learn some useful French this weekend!

I have to thank my clever, beautiful sister Darcy for sending me the link to Daphnee, Your Lovely French Teacher.  This is brilliant!

From the site:   "Daphnée, a real Parisian, will introduce you to her city and teach you the day to day urban French, enabling you to deal with every kind of tricky situation.  Whether you're looking for some ready-to-use and fun expressions for your next trip to Paris, or, if you're already familiar with the basics and you want to improve your spoken French, Daphnée is the ideal language guide."

I love the format (see it, hear it, say it in both French and English), and I'm in love with Anne Sophie Franck, the French actress who plays Daphnée.  Sadly, the app is for iPhones and iPads only, but if you visit the site you can watch a few of the lessons and get a sense of this easy and fun way to capture some French.

Bon week-end!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Looking for an idea for a new series

This has been such a busy week, mon dieu!  I like to post on Monday and Wednesday, and write a week-end simple post on Friday or Saturday, but here it is, Thursday already!

I have a few posts planned, and a couple of giveaways coming up, but what I really want to do is another week-long series. 

I enjoy writing a series of posts; it gives my writing focus, and occasionally it's fun to explore a topic in depth. I've done series' on tartes, wine, wardrobe, grocery shopping, tiny kitchen, living with less, cooking for one.

Just can't decide on a topic . . .

Suggestions?

Monday, March 7, 2011

French Breakfast Puffs

These French breakfast puffs have been popping up all over the place.  Last month they were featured on the beautiful food blog, Fresh, and last week there was a post on The Kitchn.  Of course, the name caught my eye.

I'd never heard of French breakfast puffs, have never seen them in a boulangerie or patisserie, have never heard them mentioned on French foodie sites or seen a recipe for them in a French cookbook. Yet there they were, French breakfast puffs.

What I discovered is that there is nothing French about these breakfast puffs.  In fact, they are a Betty Crocker recipe that's been around for years!  They are easy to make, require the simplest ingredients, and if reviews are to be believed, they are delicious.

But French?  It must be the butter . . .

Friday, March 4, 2011

Week-end Simple: Roast a chicken

Since I've moved and started cooking for one, I've been eating less meat.  Vegetable gratins, eggs, pasta, and soups are quick to prepare and have satisfied my desire for comfort food during these cold, winter months.
But this weekend, I think I'd like to roast a chicken.  

The best recipe I've found for roasting chicken is from Alice Water's The Art of Simple Food. Some salt, herbs, the right pot, and the freshest chicken you can buy result in the perfect entree for a weekend meal.

Bon week-end!