When in France…

Posted August 15th, 2010 in Breakfast, In the Kitchen

Several years ago, my daughters and I took a trip to Europe.  I was a single mom and really needed to make this trip as inexpensive as possible so we rented a small studio apartment in a working class neighborhood in Paris for a week.  Right outside our third floor window (no elevator) was a collection of small shops: cheese, produce, meats, and, of course, bread and pastry. On the corner was a crepe vendor. We were in heaven from the first moment we arrived.  The first stop was to stock up on some food so we could save money on meals out.  I don’t speak a word of French so I started with the fruit vendor. He was a gorgeous Italian living in Paris so he spoke two languages well and at least, attempted some English on my behalf.  The produce was beautiful and smelled so fresh-to this day when we smell fresh herbs we think of Paris and that shop!  Anyway, I selected a lovely melon, some huge and beautiful cherries and few other items. My bill was about $40 US dollars! I was shocked.  The vendor then told me that those beautiful cherries came all the way from CALIFORNIA! He was so proud and I was so disappointed.

On that same trip we discovered the crepe and its’ many forms.  Savory or sweet, either way it is a fantastic street food that I haven’t quite found a duplicate here at home. Perhaps it was just the fact that it was made on the street in Paris.  They make a wonderful banana crepe with a product call Nutella. I have written about it before if you recall the filling for mini tarts a few weeks back.  It is a Chocolate Hazelnut creamy spread and I am definitely not safe with this in my house as I would most likely eat if directly from the jar. However, this is a fantastic use for it.  This “kicked up” Raspberry Breakfast Sandwich was inspired by a blog I follow: The Family Kitchen.  Try this on Sunday morning sitting on the patio with the newspaper, a good French press coffee and you will have a little bit of Paris wherever you are.  Right in line with the current trend towards “Staycations”.

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  1. I made the Cherry Yum-Yum Dessert for a potluck lunch with my husband’s painting class at the Senior Center and it was a big hit. They all liked it very much.

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