Tuesday, 31 August 2010

parsley tabbouleh and crème brûlée

there is nothing quite like lunch in the Tuilerie Gardens! on my birthday morning we went to the organic farmer's market in Paris on Boulevard Raspail (perhaps my favourite thing we did in Paris?) and picked up a few things for lunch which we took over to the Tuileries:

♥ mixed salad with parsley tabbouleh and greek salad

the largest blueberries i've ever seen! we had these for our Tuilerie dessert...

despite most normal people heading out for breakfast when they are on holiday, i prefer to cook mine - mushroom scrambled eggs with smoked salmon. divine.

i'd never tried kefir before. and after hearing about it in so many places, i thought i would give it a shot. it is actually pretty good, but perhaps not worth it for the pricetag.

when you're in paris, in an organic supermarche, what do you need to get from the bread counter? a wholemeal french stick!

during one of our days out, we went to galeries lafayette (ok, well we actually went a few times! - the shoe lounge is awesome) and we headed up to the cafe there. definitely worth a visit, because the food is incredible, a proper smorgasbord of deliciousness!

we also went to Printemps, which is just next door to Galeries Lafayette. we had heard that they had the BEST hot chocolate in Paris, and so we needed to find out if this was true! and i'm happy to say that it was. not only do you sit in this glorious room with a fantastic ceiling (see the reflection in the photo?) with smartly dressed waiters and an atmosphere of pure vintage sophistication, but the hot chocolate was like pure melted chocolate, it was thick and smooth and fantastic. if i recommend you do ONE thing in Paris, go to Printemps and get a hot chocolate!

♥ crème brûlée - which my mother ordered at every restaurant during the afternoon, and i proceeded to take a bite of every time. parisian's certainly know how to make a good crème brûlée! (can i please blame Amélie for such indulgence?)

and there you have it - our french food adventures! ps. my little brother just started a blog - please go and show your support by leaving him a nice comment at keeping-adventurous.blogspot.com/

currently listening to: you remind me of home by benjamin gibbard

Saturday, 28 August 2010

fresh figs and parisian patisseries

ok, so during july i went to Paris for a week, and i'm finally getting round to posting the pictures of foods i ate! we were staying in an apartment in the montparnasse region, and so i was able to cook and concoct delicious salads whenever i felt peckish.

delicious desserts from a patisserie - the first port of call when we landed...

♥ there are so many delicious and amazing food shops in the montparnasse, including a couple of organic stores too! i went a little crazy choosing lots of beautiful looking food :)

tortellini with goats cheese and parsley salad

♥ these were phenomenal. PHENOMENAL.

in france they sell lots of pre-prepared frozen vegetable dishes, which we like to eat as mains because they are so yummy! with some avocado, cherry tomatoes and fresh bread, wow!

i saw these in the fruit and veg shop and couldn't resist - i've never seen almonds sold raw anywhere, so i jumped on the chance to discover what they tasted like

proper french breakfast with sliced apple, pain aux raisins and a cup of green tea

currently listening to: decode by paramore

Tuesday, 24 August 2010

herman: the friendship cake

hey everyone! i hope you have been having a wonderful summer. i have been very busy, gallivanting here, there and everywhere across the UK and even as far as Paris!

before i share with you some pictures from the past month or so i wanted to show you Herman...

Herman is a friendship cake. he travels around to different people, a little part of him always carried on...

i was round a friends house when i noticed a big bowl of mixture out on the side - naturally i wondered what it was, since when do you leave cake mix out instead of baking it straight away? she showed me the instructions for looking after Herman and making him grow, and explained the concept of the 'friendship cake'.

awesome idea! weird to have milk left out for so long fermenting and growing things in it, but the final result was incredibly tasty and moist.

basically what happens is that you get a cup of starter from a friend, feed it milk, sugar and flour and after 10 days you divide the mix up into four, give 3 lots to 3 friends and add a bunch of flavourings to your own part before baking it. the starter is sort of like sourdough, it works with natural living yeasts in the air (i think) and therefore turns into something quite wonderful - it needs to be kept warm to allow the yeast to grow.

if you want to know how to start a friendship cake of your own, check out this post here and this one here. it's a great thing for kids to get involved with and it's a really delicious cake. i don't think it's the most healthy cake as it's got ridiculous quantities of sugar in there, but perhaps the effort and happiness that Herman brings is worth a slice or two for tea?!

currently listening to: hills and valleys by the rocket summer

Monday, 9 August 2010

the obsession continues

back last november i posted about my love for the brand toast and although i still don't actually own anything from their collection, i remain an avid admirer of it. and hope with all my heart that one day i won't see it as too expensive (although they did have a huge archive sale recently, which was affordable - although hardly anything to be found in my size, congrats to Topshop who figured that searching by size in a sale was much more pleasurable - i had spent all of my clothes budget in Paris!)

well, i receive the toast updates, which arrive in my inbox about once a week (i highly recommend these, as they'll alert you of the sales and new collections in good time)...and this week i received one about their new video that highlights their autumn / winter 2010 line. and oh my word, it's so beautiful. keep your eyes peeled for the red legwarmers and cream jumper combo in the snow - it's such perfect winter wear: cosy, fitted, muted deep colours, messy blonde hair pinned to one side - undone elegance and just proper british glamour in the most perfect way...

and so the obsession continues - maybe next year i'll save up for one of their amazing coats or a paid of ochre drop earrings, or a shirtdress, or maybe some of their jam!