Monthly Archives: July 2012
Here is the 2nd dress I made recently! I’ve worn it approximately 2571 times since I finished it’s final stitch. Sewing is all I have been doing lately. It just feels so good! The kitchen is begging me to come back, my blog is praying that I’ll give her some attention but clearly the sewing machine has won my heart for the time being.
I have more dresses to come so hold on to your knickers!
Sometimes the simplest recipes are the best! This one is a variation of a Julia Child recipe from Mastering The Art of French Cooking which I have mentioned a million times that it is my absolute favourite cook book in the world and that Julia Child is my idol…I almost can never stop talking about her…just ask Max.
This is a variation because I did not add 6 tablespoons of butter like she suggests and although I am ALL FOR loading my recipes up with butter, I just didn’t feel it was completely necessary with these.
Julia Child is brilliant! She was a chef trained solely in French cuisine at the Cordon Bleu back in the late 50′s. She revolutionized the way cooking was done in America afterwards by bringing French cooking there for the first time with her books and hit television show “The French Chef”. Anyways, don’t get me started on her because clearly I’m in love.
She gives a method of preparing frozen peas so that they taste more lively and less dull as their freezing process kind of sucks the life out of them.
So without further ado, here is a classic French recipe for buttered peas.
You will need:
- 2 cups of chicken stock
- 2+3 tablespoons of butter
- 1 small onion, minced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 kilo of frozen peas (half of a regular sized bag)
Now do this:
Et voila! Delicious, simple peas!
JP (Max’s dad) has some serious connections with Champagne producers here. I guess that just happens after years of being immersed in this culture. Anyways, he has one favourite Champagne house outside of Reims in a little (itty bitty) town called Ecueil.
When our friends came to visit this past weekend we headed on over to Ecueil to sample some fine champagnes in a very intimate setting. It was my second time visiting in the span of two weeks so naturally I felt like a queen…or something.
It was kind of magical.
And thank you JP!!
Fun fact: All of the champagne in the entire world comes from the Champagne region of France (in which Reims is the capital). If it doesn’t come from Champagne than it is sparkling wine. The government has laws regarding how Champagne can be produced and it’s a pretty specific process producing only the finest drink at the end. That is why it is so expensive! Of course buying it in Champagne is not as expensive as buying it in another country. When Max first told me this I said, “No way! There must be Champagne coming from other parts of the world!” But the truth is the truth.
Since I have moved here I have been desperately wanting to visit the cellars underneath the city. There are hundreds of kilometres of these cellars built under the region similar to underground subways except fillied with
thousands millions of bottles of champagne. Having guests over this weekend was the perfect excuse for a visit.
At the end of the visit we all got to enjoy a glass of the Pommery champagne! Such a treat!
Happy bilated Canada day everyone!! I hope you had a great one. We were lucky enough to have over two wonderful Canadian guests whom we met in Lille earlier this year! They explored Reims with us and I’ll have plenty more photos of that later but first take a sneak peak in to the breakfast of celebrations!
We ate a large brunch (full of maple syrup and “eh”s) and at 9am I had the sudden inspiration to force everyone to wear white and red. And they did!
Max’s brother sent me a photo of the HUGE Canada Day celebration happening in Trafalgar Square in London. It made our little fete look like a baby’s crib. I don’t know what that means but just go with it.
So Happy Happy Day everyone!!!