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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Shopping Bag: Langue de Boeuf from Au Charolais in Morhange, France


Another trip to our beloved butcher in Morhange. Hubby and I were out around town. Buying the newspaper, buying the bread, and like I usually do, a quick look at what the town's butcher / caterer made today. Today's dish / Plat du Jour - Langue de Boeuf. MR has never had beef tongue cooked this way so I knew I was making a quick stop to the butcher's today. We arranged our stuff in the car when a bright idea came to me! Why not ask MR to buy the Langue de Boeuf himself. He still needs a lot of practice with the French language. The speaking part is a big problem. So, SO and I waited in the car, eager to see how MR would fare, and a couple of minutes later he came out carrying with him a small plastic bag. He did it!!!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Turkey Strips in Creamy Mushroom Sauce


As simple as this dish is, I've never made it before I came to France. There are 3 ingredients in this dish that were close to impossible to find in the Philippines. One - Creme Fraiche, two - Turkey Fillet, and three - Shallots (which I was able to find only once).

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Roasted Pork Fillet, Mashed Potatoes, and French Pastries


Today is a special day for me. For the first time in a long time I was able to attend mass with my husband and daughter. I was raised in a religious environment and although I am not as active as most, I always found warmth in the Church and prayers. One of the things I had to get used to when I arrived in France was the religion. I grew up in the Philippines where there are churches everywhere, mass everyday, even every hour sometimes! In France, well in the countryside I am living in, there are churches in every villages, but unfortunately they are closed on most days of the week and weekends too! The lack of church officials is obvious. I am able to go to mass every week because there is a weekly 11AM mass in a church at the nearest small city. I found comfort in attending mass, praying for the day that I could finally attend mass with my loved ones.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Chez Claire Restaurant in Freybouse, France


Dinner at Chez Claire in Freybouse was something we were looking for. I read somewhere that Thursday nights were special and there were unlimited dishes. I called in advance to make sure this was true and make reservations. We had the choice between Unlimited Frog Legs, Mussels, Gambas, and Beef Carpaccio. Tonight we are officially celebrating MR and SO's arrival in France!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Confit de Canard / Duck Confit


A week ago, Dad and I picked up 2 cans of Confit de Canards / Duck Confit - which is made using duck legs. Match Supermarche was having a huge sale and this was one of the items available. It was such a good bargain so I did not hesitate to grab some! I told DO I would cook it when MR and SO arrived since it is such a festive dish.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

The Day of the Beautiful Reunion!

It felt just like the movies. The excitement of a mother and a wife. My excitement. The 2 hours preparation at 5:30 in the morning after just a 3 hour sleep. The long 30 minute drive to the train station. My stomach is in jumbles. At the train station, I make two trips to the bathroom. An hour from now I will be with my husband and daughter again, I think to myself.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Antonella Restaurant - Pizzeria - Grill in Dieuze, France


It's Saturday night and we want to eat out. There's nothing I want more as MR and SO have boarded their Manila - Paris flight and I need time to pass by fast! I can't believe that my husband and my daughter are finally arriving and that tomorrow at this exact time, we will be with each other. Tomorrow also marks exactly one year since I've arrived in France. One whole year has passed by! My adventure alone is coming to an end. Thank you God for all the blessings!

Friday, October 19, 2012

Tomates Farcies / Stuffed Tomatoes


Tomates Farcies is a childhood dish that Dad used to make for me all the time. It became one of my favorite French dishes. When my boyfriend-turned-husband came over to have dinner at home, Dad was always happy to cook this for him too. I always thought that every dish turned out better than the previous one, so it's no surprise that this also became one of MR's favorite French dish. I woke up this morning, having a sudden craving for this, so I picked up the ingredients early this morning. I love grocery shopping here in France. Within 5 minutes, I had everything I needed on hand, no-fuss. Everything is clearly marked: tomates a farcir - check and viande pour farcir - check.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Apple Cake / Gateau aux Pommes


He was deep in thought, sitting alone at the dining table. I passed by, looked at Dad, said nothing, and went back to the kitchen. I decided to come back and say something to him - a joke perhaps or words of encouragement. I stopped myself. He was still in deep thought. I saw the pain in his face, in his eyes, in his expression. I knew what he was thinking; I had the same thoughts earlier.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Les Bleus vs. La Roja

Did anyone else watch the France vs. Spain soccer match last night? At 8:45PM last night, I got ready to watch the game with DO and Dad in the comfort of the sala. I posted a FaceBook status right before the game - something about Spain kicking our ass, but little did friends know that I had a bet going on that game. If Spain wins, I had to buy 4 (!!!) chocolate bars, if France wins I had to buy nothing. Double or Nothing. This rooted from a previous bet on the Japan vs. France match which we lost. Hahayyy. That was one heartbreaking game! 

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Roasted Beef, Sauteed Mixed Forest Mushrooms, and French Fries


Here's a FaceTime conversation I had with my daughter a couple of months ago. This will always stay close in my heart. The past couple of months, MR and I have been trying to explain to our daughter why she couldn't come to see me yet. She's been very patient. One night, our conversation went like this:

Me: Hi Baby! How are you? 
SO: Mama, I miss you and I'm so excited to see you! When I will see you in the airport, I will run to you, take you in my arms, hug you tight, and kiss you all over!

I sat there, ipad in hand, speechless. What could I say to that?  I held back tears. I realized how lucky we are to have such a sweet girl! Her heart is so big. She is my happiness. My miracle baby.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Champignon des Champs


A couple of days ago, I noticed that there was a woman mushroom-hunting in one of TH's land. That meant that it was once again the season for Les Champignons des Champs, or Mushrooms of the Fields. I planned to go mushroom-hunting on Sunday, but I changed my mind when I saw that it would be raining cats and dogs on Sunday. I gave up on the thought of eating fresh mushroom until I saw PH and his basket full of mushrooms at our door step. Dad and I were just back from running some errands. PH was waiting at the door, he had just finished mushroom-hunting. He offered me some and I gladly accepted. The can of mushroom I bought will be for another day. Give way to fresh goodies please! :)

The Best Scenario

My husband's cute, but when I get his message this morning, I'm not quite sure what to think of.

He had his meeting at the French Embassy in Manila this morning regarding his visa. After his meeting, he sends me this:

My visa is here.

I have to go to the Commission of Filipino Overseas.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Filet de Canard / Duck Breast Fillet




I'm really hoping and praying for good news tomorrow. As I go to sleep tonight, MR and SO will be getting ready to go to the French Embassy in Manila. Hopefully, he will be able to pick up his visa. He was approved the first time, so I don't see why he wouldn't be approved the second time, right? The person-in-charge cancelled his visa because it was beyond the 3 month delay, but the requirements are the same. Basta, I'm praying hard and crossing my fingers. I know God is good and he knows how much I want to be reunited with my family. He knows my suffering and longing. So I pray that when I wake up tomorrow morning, I will be waking up to good news!

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Salmon with Dill Cream Sauce


Dad and I are still on our mission of finding ways to make time pass quickly. So far, so good. In fact, I find myself not doing some things I promised I would do. For example, today's plan was to visit Madame IR at the retirement home. It has been postponed to a weekday next week. Dad finally received his bank card today and wanted to try it out in the stores. I took care of lunch for JO, TH, Dad, and I and right after lunch we headed to Dieuze. DO and TH are leaving for Belgium tonight to visit my niece. So after dropping by my sister's bookstore, we went to the grocery store to pick up some things for my niece and for us too. I quickly thought of what to make for dinner tonight and lunch tomorrow - I'm cooking Salmon tonight! Ooohhh exciting!

9 more days to go!

Woah, it's the end of another day! Time seemed to have passed by so quickly today! If only every day until the 21st could be like this. Hayyyy. I've finally totally accepted our situation. I tell myself that it isn't so bad. What helps though is that I was able to chat with my husband this morning and everything is going good for them. They are loving their unexpected long stay in Manila. Big thanks to his Aunt and Uncle/Ninong for taking them in! Did I tell you that I talked to my daughter yesterday? I was quite shocked to hear her talk to me in Tagalog! LOL! This tells me I don't have to worry about her learning French when she gets here. Children are like sponges, they absorb everything - the good and the bad! LOL.

Friday, October 12, 2012

The Day DO visited our house for the first time!


Hi Everyone! So on Monday I made plans for things to do this week. I need the week to pass quick, quick, quick! Anyways, today's agenda was for DO (not working today) and I to go visit our new house. I'm taking advantage of going there today, to drop by some of my things. My room can only take so much baggages and clothes! LOL. So I packed my spring and summer clothes and off they went to the new house. I sure won't be using my sleeveless shirts and shorts right now! LOL. There isn't much for now and I can't wait for MR to arrive so we can start shopping for the house! Ouiiiii! :)

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Buttered Pasta


Miserable, I feel miserable! Tonight was supposed to be our first meal together, but instead it's just us once again. It's just another day. We try to act as if nothing happened. As if they were actually meant to arrive on the 21st as planned. But I can't pretend anymore at the sight of dinner tonight. I cry inside.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Eggplant, Mushroom, and Tomato Stew


I won't lie - I'm still feeling pretty down. It's another day, but I can still feel the pain. I am not as stressed as yesterday, but still worried. Let Monday come quick and then the 20th with a breeze! MR and I were able to talk and chat this morning. Rebooking the plane tickets has been taken care of. I still can't believe I am not picking them up at the airport tomorrow! I am miserable. I want to do nothing, but I can't do that. DO is working today and TH is coming home to eat lunch. I fry us some pork chops, heat some white rice, and make this Eggplant, Mushroom, and Tomato Stew. But as soon as I'm done preparing lunch, I go back to bed for the rest of the day. I'm praying for better days.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Have you ever had your worst nightmare turn into reality?

Have you ever had your worst nightmare turn into reality? 

I have. Today. My heart. Broken. Thousand pieces. SM. MR.

I woke up this morning, not sure what to think. It was way too early. Then I decided to check my mails on my ipad. I stumbled on a message from one of my sister-in-law. I read it the first time, with sleepy eyes. Then I stopped. I read it again. I stopped. I sat up straight in the bed, rubbed my eyes, and read again. I felt sick. I panicked.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Sunday Lunch: Roasted Chicken, Brussel Sprouts, and Sweet French Desserts


DO knows I don't particularly appreciate Brussel Sprouts, but she cooks us some for lunch today. It doesn't matter, I forgive her, and will even try to eat some. Hehehe. When I think about it, my adventure is almost ending. MR and SO are almost arriving in France. They are taking the plane to Manila tomorrow and hopefully will take their flight for Paris on Wednesday. Anyways, like I was saying, my adventure is nearing its end. I realized that when I left my family in the Philippines, I found another family when I arrived in France. I always knew I had an older sister, but now I truly know what it feels like to have an older sister. It isn't just for the namesake anymore. In the past year, she has made me mad, sad, and also very happy (I'm sure she's felt the same way about me! Hehehe). Sure we're not the traditional sisters that grew up together, but heck when was I ever traditional. LOL. There's still so much to know about each other and in time it will happen!

Saturday, October 6, 2012

French Onion Soup


I made a terrible mistake last night. I was on FaceTime and broke down in tears in front of my daughter. In the past year, I can count with the fingers on one hand the times I broke down and shed tears about my situation. But the combination of intense stress, intense anticipation, and intense happiness plus the fact that I haven't talked to my daughter for the past few days caused me to just break down. And I'm not talking sobs and sniffs, I really just let go and let everything I was holding in out. The relief was (and I cannot find another word to describe it) intense! I finally realized what was happening and moved the camera so SO wouldn't see me, but the damage was done. My usually very cheerful and hyperactive daughter was silent. Her eyebrows also touching each other. It was clear by her expression that she wasn't fully understanding what she was feeling. I mentally kick myself for putting her through that. I kept repeating to her how happy I was to finally see her and have her in my arms. I've been so good at keeping my shell close, that with just a little crack, it finally came crashing down on me. And not at a good time!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

They're finally arriving!!!

Like a puzzle, life is slowly starting to take form. Plane tickets have been bought. Train tickets as well. Accomodations have been taken care of. Little details are dealt with. If people ask me when my husband and daughter are arriving, I can finally give a specific date. When they ask me where are we going to live, I can finally name a place. The only thing that is unclear for the moment is on the job front, but for now I don't want to think about it. All I want to do is savor this moment - knowing that my 2 favorite people in the whole world are finally coming!



Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Jarret de Porc Cuit


I picked this Jarret de Porc Cuit for Dad and I for lunch today. Jarret de Porc Cuit is actually Pork Knuckle - the part of the pork Filipinos like to cook into Crispy Pata. I had no idea that Dad actually likes this. He's never showed any interest in Crispy Pata in the Philippines. But I guess what really turned him off was more the frying part than the pata. Because when cooked in a Choucroute or this way he loved it!

Monday, October 1, 2012

Tartiflette


I received a message from a reader the other night thanking me for posting these kinds of posts again. The cooking tutorial / recipes kind of posts. First of all, I want to say thank you for the message. I had no idea that these kinds of posts were followed by my readers and it warms my heart. I honestly miss making these tutorial posts. The past year I haven't been living at my own house, but at my sister's. But no worries, the house visits Dad and I have been busy doing actually paid off and there is a house available for us. We are signing the papers this week and on the first November, we are moving in our own house! Isn't that a wonderful news? :D

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