Saturday, October 26, 2013

I'm so sorry, but ...

I can't do it anymore ...


I'm really sorry, I'm going to stop this blog for a while.
I'm unable to be on each front of the battle and I can't find necessary time to do everything in my life.

As I already said, I thought I could be Shiva.
I thought I would be able to work, take care of my children, of my home, able to cook, to create and make live a blog, to keep on writing shorts stories too (which are published on internet), and I have to accept I can't do it anymore.
I don't have enough time in a day.
Twenty four hours are not enough.

I'm just tired at the moment and my daily life is a little bit hard, busy and complicated.

I don't like blogs where posts are written once a month or more, and this is what I'm doing now...
Maybe I'm too demanding with myself.
Maybe I should accept to post just time to time.
And maybe this is what I'll do, one day.



Believe me, it's a hard decision I'm taking.
I hope it will just be for a short period. Just a break.

Thank you for all of you, readers who became friends or just single visitors. I loved each moment we crossed together and I've learned a lot thank to the blogosphere.

If some of you want to contact me, you can do it with my mail address, no problem. I would be glad to read you and reply to you. :)

As we say in french :"ce n'est qu'un au revoir", which means this is just a goodbye, not a farewell.
Hope to see you soon, friends.
Thank you FOR ALL.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Atelier Fraisier (Strawberry cake workshop)

First, I want to thank you all for your help, dear you !
I received your comments and mails and really, truly, I felt lucky and glad to have all your ideas and recipes.
In two weeks, I'll be in holiday for some days, I think I'll try one or two recipes at this moment and of course, I'll post them.

I have to read your links and ... TO UNDERSTAND THEM !

Because, ah ! I realized one thing : dear anglo-saxons readers, you're SO strong and clever to come and read my blog ! Most of all if you cook my recipes !!
Because ALL is different between our countries !
Inches, cups, onces, liters, cups, fahrenheit, celsius ... Why life is soooo complicated ? Sigh ...
So, I must translate FIRST and I'll cook after :D

Today, I want to share with you some pictures.
Last year, in november, for my birthday, four of my dearest friends offered me a voucher's cooking lesson.
I was very happy and just had to find the necessary time, you know...

Almost one year after ( it was coming almost obsolete !), I took my short courage between my hands, and with a friend, we decided to this morning in this workshop.
To learn to prepare a Fraisier.

"Holly cow", as my dear Internet friend, Dr CaSo taught me in a comment ...

One entire morning to make a cake !!
Of course, we learned to prepare E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G. But, OMG ! I won't do it ANYMORE !

I'll post the recipe soon, when I'll receive it from the pastry chef.
Today, I'm just going to share with you some pics of this experience. Great experience. And only experience ! AH !

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My sweet, dear, loved and only fraisier of my life. And I must warn you : If someone tries to touch to my rose, I'll wrench all his fingers !
I made it twice. I was very proud of my first rose. The pastry chef came, looked at it and said :
"Right ... Yes ... She's nice. But do it it again !". And he crushed my rose !!! ...
Of course, I crushed his head.
He laughed.
And I did my rose once again, glowering at him and at everyone one who tried to approach myself.

We spent a good morning, really. And we'll eat this cake tonight, for sure.
Except the rose.
NO-ONE-WILL-EAT-MY-ROSE !

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Help ! I need somebody ...

Dear friends, dear readers, dear lonely visitor, dear YOU ! 
This post, much more than all the previous post, is for YOU ! 
I need YOU !


Super dupont. French version of  Uncle Sam ! 

Here what I bought some month ago, in july, during the American Week, in my supermarket : 


I bought it because it's a typical american product, here, in France. No one eats it. For us, this is so american ! 
And now, I absolutely don't know what to do with it ! 

Of course, I found a lot of recipes with it.
But I'm looking for a REAL recipe, a recipe you, friends, reader or visitor, use to bake to your children your family or even just for you. 
And as always, please, something EASY ! 

A lot of recipe use chocolate too and as I'm totally crazy about M&M's, I think this weeding could work. 

So, today, I'm appealing you : please, help me and write me YOUR usual recipe in comments sections or in my mail address : axellethefrenchcook@gmail.com

I don't promise I will bake it all. I'm not saying there will be a winner !!! :) 
I'm just asking you for help. 

Thank you so much for your participation ! 

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Zucchini and rice gratin, with some language lessons !

When you're studying languages, as I did, and when you're a teenager, as I was, the first things you learn about those new languages are rude words.

And how to say "I love you," ok.
It can help.

But learning bad words is so fun ! And most of all, a swearword seems much more light in another language than in our. As if it had less impact.

And as I was a very fun teenager, my first goal beginning a new language, was to learn a maximum of rude words !
I'm pretty good in arabian, thanks to my mother and my uncles.
I'm good enough in spanish, thanks to a trip in Spain, years ago.
I'm a huge professional in Italian, of course ... thanks to my life over there and thanks to a teacher that we loved a lot and used to teach us those kind of words.
She used to say we had to know the real language and not the one of books.
"Oh, please, students ! Don't forget that "puttana" (bitch) is a real insult ! Never use it ! Most of all against a woman, of course ! Did you hear me ? Right ? ... But don't forget : "Puttana" takes 2 T ...".
She was a great teacher !

Strangely, one language resisted me ... Russian. I've learned how to say I love you, of course (pronounced "ia tiebia liubliu"), but I never knew a bad word ...
Now I realized it, I'm calling for help :
If one of you knows a bad word or two (or more) in Russian, PLEASE, tell it in comments !!! I would be glad to learn it !
Because I'm a fun adult ............. !

So, you can now guess that I know of lot of rude words too in english ... :).
If you want me to teach you some french bad words, you can ask too in comments section ! I'll be glad to increase your vocabulary :D

And today, I just want to show you how to cook those fucking zucchini once again !

I'm just so fed up with zucchini ! Being creative with zucchini is, for sure, easy. But, in gratin, with cream, curry, onion, grilled ...etc, zucchini stay zucchini !
And at the moment, this is the last recipe I'll post with this vegetable because I WON'T EAT IT ANYMORE FOR YEARS !
But at the moment, here's a good and fast recipe with zucchini again ! :)

You'll need :

  • 4 fucking zucchini, so ...
  • 1 white leek
  • 1 egg
  • 1 onion
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 20 centiliters of milk
  • 100 grams of rice
  • Olive oil and herbs of provence
  • Grated cheese.
Your oven must be preheated at 180°C (350°F / Th 6)


Step 1 : 
Make brown onion and garlic on a low fire, with a pinch of salt. 

Step 2 : 
Meanwhile, cook your rice.


Step 3 : 
When your onions are a little bit golden, add leek and let it cook until it comes fluid.


Step 4 : 
Then those famous zucchini ! High the fire and let it brown for 10 minutes or so. Add one tablespoon of dry herbs.



Step 5 : 
Whisk egg, milk and a little bit of nutmeg, if you have. 



Step 6 :
Arrange zucchini in a oven pan, add cooked rice, stir all this.


Step 7 :
Finally, pour your egg mixture and sprinkle with grated cheese.



Step 8 :
In the oven for 20 minutes.


That's it ! It doesn't look very tasty, but it is. Maybe it would be better with béchamel, if you want to try it !


Recapitulative :
  • 4 fucking zucchini, so ...
  • 1 white leek
  • 1 egg
  • 1 onion
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 20 centiliters of milk
  • 100 grams of rice
  • Olive oil and herbs of provence
  • Grated cheese.


Your oven must be preheated at 180°C (350°F / Th 6)

Make brown onion and garlic on a low fire, with a pinch of salt.

Meanwhile, cook your rice.

When your onions are a little bit golden, add leek and let it cook until it comes fluid.

Then those famous zucchini ! High the fire and let it brown for 10 minutes or so. Add one tablespoon of dry herbs.

Whisk egg, milk and a little bit of nutmeg, if you have.

Arrange zucchini in a oven pan, add cooked rice, stir all this.

Finally, pour your egg mixture and sprinkle with grated cheese.

In the oven for 20 minutes.