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Friday, March 30, 2012

Restaurant Chez Claire at Freybouse, France


A week ago, my niece MO celebrated her 19th birthday. Thinking that she would go out with friends, my sister DO planned nothing tonight. MO was upset and decided to have lunch at DO's aunt's place. I was heartbroken for her and I quickly planned a fun night for us girls. While she was having dinner, DO and I went to buy our supplies and came back home to decorate the entry way. The night turned out exactly as I had planned it and we had fun. Fast forward one week later and DO announced we would go out for dinner for a post-birthday celebration. We had dinner at Restaurant Chez Claire at the nearby village of Freybouse.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Picnics at Metz, France


I was back in Metz today for a job interview. Metz is one of the big cities closest to where I live, but it's 50 kilometers away. From the village I live, my sister brought me to the train station and I took a 25 minute train ride to Metz. From Metz centre-ville, I had to take a bus to my destination. Everything well quite smoothly as CL (my brother-in-law's sister) accompanied me up to the bus station. She takes a train to go to work every day too. She saves up a lot by doing so than by taking her car. Gasoline is so expensive nowadays! So how did my job interview turn out? It went well. In fact, I have to come back in a couple of days for the final interview. Wish me luck. I did not know what time I would be home but I was done an hour before lunch time and after the bus ride and a little walking, I was once again in the train station of Metz. My next train home was in about 2 hours so I took my time to look around the streets and establishments in front of the train station. One particularly caught my eye - Picnics.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Mushroom and Onion Quiche


On Tuesday and Thursday nights, I am in charge of making dinner because DO has work and gets home close to dinner time. I like to do that partly because I am thankful for my sister's generosity and also because I enjoy cooking a lot. The first few times I cooked in her kitchen were testy, but I've managed to get to know the kitchen and it's easier for me now to grab useful things. Let's just say I feel way more comfortable now. And I know the family's tastebuds. I sort of know who likes or dislikes what but it can be tricky making a dish I know everyone will enjoy.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Our First Spring Sunday Lunch


Spring has definitely set in the air. I'm just getting used to these season changes, but I quickly pick up. People outside are covering themselves less. No more winter coat, no more winter boots. Birds are coming out and sing in the air. The sunsets are much later at night (up to 8PM!). And we can start hanging out more outside.


Thursday, March 22, 2012

Creamy Salmon Pasta


There's something about the salmon here that I don't like. I find that it is rather bland. But then again, the salmon that I bought was the frozen kind and the fresh one. But even my brother-in-law, who is a big fish eater, tells me that salmon is probably his least favorite fish. I think I might have to buy some fresh ones to fully judge the salmon here. Perhaps, I will be able to find the taste of the fish that I love. I hope so. After making Salmon Inununan, I had one piece of salmon left and thought I would turn that into one of my favorite pasta dish - Salmon with Pasta. 

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Leeks with Creamy Vinaigrette


Oh my gosh! It just hit me that it's been 5 months since I've been here. I made that realization when my brother-in-law mentioned to my sister this afternoon that it's gonna be strange not to have me around when I'm gone. I took it as a compliment. I'm sure gonna miss this home and the people when I move to my own place (and the food too! he he he). 

Monday, March 19, 2012

Strawberry Smoothie - The Week of Tragic News in France!


Tragic news in France!!! I woke up early this morning and turned on the television to watch the updates of the bad news we've been hearing. You see, last week a bus full of children had an accident and 22 of the kids died along with 6 adults. The cause of the accident is still unclear (the drivers were well rested and it had only been 1 hour into the trip, no alcohol, no excess speed), it's definitely unclear what happened. And then a couple of days later, the news told us that 3 soldiers were killed mysteriously by a man for no apparent reason. I was looking at that, when the news got cut midway to a direct happening. At 8 this morning, a man riding a scooter entered a Jewish school in Toulouse, France and started shooting at the children and teachers cold blank and for no apparent reason. The crazed-man left on the same scooter and was able to escape. He killed 2 young boys (age 3 and 6), their father (a professor in the institution), and a little girl of 10 years (daughter of the school's director). A 17 year old adolescent is fighting for his life in the hospital. The country and the people were left stunned. And I was one of them.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Sunday Lunch - Time for a Barbeque?


I've been told that winter this year was nothing like in the previous years. This year, we had very little snow but it's also been icing cold for a looonnnnggg period of time! This has cost my brother-in-law as well as other agriculteurs in the region to lose a lot of their crops. They say that the snow would have been able to act as a protection to  the crops, but unfortunately snow was close to nothing. It isn't spring yet, but the weather has been very cooperative, giving us degrees that we normally shouldn't be having yet. And the sun, what a delight! To this came the idea of having a barbeque for today's lunch. Except that the whole week was announced for a sunny week except for SUNDAY! Hmpfff...

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Homemade Pizza - Specially made by my nephew


They finally get it - I come with a camera! The idea of having a blog and taking photos of my food is foreign to my French family. In the beginning, especially my niece and nephew, would roll their eyes or make side comments, but I didn't care - I'm gonna do what I want and what I want is make memories and share it with you!  


Friday, March 16, 2012

Crevettes Pamplemousse Salad - Eating Shrimps in France


One odd thing here is that you cannot find raw shrimps for sale at supermarkets. I found that out when my niece and I were talking one afternoon and she shared that shrimps were eaten raw here. I looked at her with my mouth open, surprised that they would eat raw shrimps. I mean, isn't raw shrimps icky, sticky, and slimy?! I asked her twice, you eat raw shrimps??? I don't think I could do that! But she was wrong. You see, she grew up thinking that the shrimps they would buy at the supermarkets were raw like the meat and poultry, but actually these are already preboiled or steamed before being put out for sale. I sighed in relief. Yes, I won't be eating raw shrimp after all, I thought to myself. He he he.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Beef Liver Steak / Foie de Boeuf


I've never been a big liver eater. Except for chicken liver. That I like, but I could never say the same about beef liver. The only time I've had it was when it was mixed in noodle dishes like Bam-I and I always thought it tasted bitter. Bitter was how I always described it to be. I had to travel halfway around the world to finally get to enjoy a good and NOT BITTER beef liver.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Beef Stew


I know that I am a foodie because I think about food all the time, much to my husband's delight as he likes to tease me about that. I think about food in the weirdest places and moments! While doing my personal needs in the toilet or even in the middle of chatting about something important with my husband. I think about food all the time! On Tuesdays and Thursdays I usually eat lunch alone (well Thursday don't count anymore since I'm always invited at my sister's aunt's house), but you can be sure that on Monday night, I am already thinking of what dishes I could make.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Roasted Turkey Breast + Tarte au Fromages - The Sunday w/o Guests


Before I start writing about my day today, let me tell you what we did yesterday. What started like any ordinary day turned out to be one of my best and worst day in France. Best because I finally received my Carte Vitale, which is a card you use when going to the doctor's office and in pharmacies and means that I am officially medically covered and I also received my camera through mail, it is a simple point and shoot type. It will help me take pictures while I save up to buy a DSLR one day and it also means I won't be borrowing my niece's camera anymore. Yey! Worst because someone in the family made a comment to me which hit a nerve and was hard to swallow. So hard to swallow that I was brought to tears. I tried to hold it back as much as I could, but later in the evening we went to a Lotto event (very much like a Bingo night) at a nearby village and when I saw the Bingo cards, it brought back memories of me and my husband and our bingo dates. I felt a heat radiating in me and went out to cry the tears I was holding in. The emotions of happiness and sadness that day was too much for me to hold in.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Palmiers with Muscovado Sugar - Birthday gift for a Special Person!


Today is the birthday of a very special person to me. Here in France, I have 3 adoptive families - my sister's, her mother-in-law's, and her aunt's. And today is the birthday of her aunt, LU. For the past 4 months, I've been having lunch at LU's house every Thursdays that I am available. She's always hosted Thursday lunch for my brother-in-law and his brother, and now me! I am very lucky as she always cooks for us amazing French dishes for us. Blanquette de Veau / Veal, Lapin / Rabbit de Bourguignon, Quiche Lorraine, Petit Sale, and Roast Pork are just some of the main dishes she has made. Lunch at LU's is always a simple entree dish (usually salads), a main dish, a fantastic homemade dessert (fruits tarts/floating island), and a cup of coffee. I am very lucky! I'm always thinking in my head that when the time comes that I have my own place in the city that I would reciprocate her actions towards me whenever she's in the city. She, her husband, and her sister are amazing, kind, and open-hearted people. I might be alone here, but because of them I feel like I have several "mothers" to look after me. Today is her birthday and while she has invited us to a restaurant tomorrow, she has also invited the guys and I to come over today. I don't have much to offer her for the time being, but I thought I would bring my homemade Palmiers with the Muscovado Sugar.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Artisans du Monde - Le Bol de Riz at Morhange, France


Every Sunday, I try to go to mass with DO's aunt and uncle, LU and AR. It is because of LU that I joined the Karem a Domicile for the Lenten Season. At first I was curious how people celebrate Lenten Season in France and I had planned on only attending once, but I am honestly enjoying the sessions. Last Sunday, the priest mentioned that there would be Le Bol de Riz at Morhange, France. When we left the church, LU asked me if that would be something I would be interested in joining. I told her I would and I would arrange to go with AN, my brother-in-law's mother, who was also going.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Le Bistrot du Marche - InterMarche at Morhange, France


I've haven't been going to a lot of restaurants since I've arrived here. Mostly because I don't have the means of transportation, the limited number of restaurants in the area, and of course, the cost! So when the occasion comes, I take it.

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