Cheese and Shallot Pancake
It never stops
Every time I start thinking I am making microscopic advances in my grasp of the language something happens to totally undermine my confidence.
Or to bring back the reality of my limitations, depending on your point of view.
Across from our house was an old sechoir or drying shed. The area we live … Continue reading.....
I bought a new toy for my new kitchen!
At least that’s what they’re called here.
It’s a combination convection oven and microwave.
Since ‘we are two’ I have wanted a small oven for doing small things, especially during summer.
I also wanted a new microwave. Ours was making very scary noises.
I didn’t … Continue reading.....
Tangy Cabbage Salad
No good deed shall go unpunished.
Damned if you do; damned if you don't.
When seeking help it's best to appear helpless.
Last week, when I realized that my computer was fading fast, I took this photo of the screen.
I was 99% sure that it was the video card that was slowly slipping into oblivion. The … Continue reading.....
I was reading one of my favorite cooking magazines the other night when the title of an article jumped out and slapped me in the head.
It read, in big bold letters: Entrées!
It referred to main courses.
In France (it’s a French word, after all) it refers to the first course or starter.
All I could think of was … Continue reading.....
Chicken and Vegetable Salad with Hummus Dressing
In French, one’s in-laws are called ‘belle-famille’.
Sister-in-law is ‘belle-soeur’; brother-in-law is ‘beau-frère’.
Mother-in-law is ‘belle-mère’; father-in-law beau-père.
Belle/beau means beautiful, lovely or handsome.
The same words are used, in extended families, to refer to a stepmother, stepfather, etc.
Wouldn’t you rather be referred to as a belle-mère than a stepmother? (Maybe they … Continue reading.....
Picnic Pasta Salad
When one studies a language in school or a class, one studies it as it should be….
Not as it is.
Take the, controversial, MessieurDame.
In France, one greets people with 'Bonjour Monsieur' or 'Bonjour Madame' upon meeting them for the first time, each day.
Here, in farm country, if there is both a man and a … Continue reading.....
Burgers and Beans
Another example of two people talking about different things together: Do you walk to school or carry your lunch?
Mon mari was discharged from the hospital on Saturday morning.
Sounds simple, doesn't it?
He comes home and mows the lawn (which he is doing as I write this, but I digress).
The French, after investing 17 days … Continue reading.....
Nurse: We’re going to put votre mari to sleep.
Me: (Thinking: I’d really prefer you didn’t. He’s not that old or sick…. and I have rather a lot of uses for him yet!)
Me: (Speaking) What?
Nurse: He’s having surgery on Monday. The doctor wants him to sleep.
Me: Now? He wants him to sleep now? (It’s 10:00 in the … Continue reading.....