Ratatouille. What image comes to mind when you hear this word?
A lot of us are familiar with this dish. Either we have had the gastronomical treat of tasting this wonderful dish that originated in Nice and is a scrumptious vegetable stew. Or else we have been captivated with the Pixar production called Ratatouille that was released by Walt Disney Pictures.
For those who have not watched the movie, do go and watch it. It is a lot of laughs and a lot of fun. It follows the story of a rat names Remy who aspires to becomes chef. Remy through a series of hilarious incidents befriends a restaurant garbage guy named Linguini. At some point in the film ,Remy guides Linguini and ends up making the most exquisite version of Ratatouille. Well, I wont tell you anymore or add any spoilers in here. Watch the film!
The ratatouille has been deconstructed and prepared and served in so many different ways but the ingredients have not changed. The ratatouille is made using tomato, courgette, aubergine, bell pepper, garlic, onion and herbs. The word “ratatouille” in it’s origin derivative form means to “stir up”. Simply put, the ratatouille is a Provençal vegetable stew. If you are a perfectionist in the kitchen then you will agree with the purists who believe that each vegetable must shine and its unique flavor must be tasted when preparing this dish.
As mentioned before there are many variations of this dish that are prepared. If you enjoy cooking , then this a dish you simply must try to prepare. Bon Appetit!
One of my favorite French dessert is the mille-feuille.
Mille-feuille means a thousand sheets. This special dessert is made using puff pastry layered with pastry cream.
This dish is made with three layers of puff pastry and layers of crème pâtissière or custard. The top pastry layer can be sprinkled with powdered sugar or covered with fondant or you have chocolate and cream icing.
There are many variations of the mille-feuille. The most well know variation is called the Napoléan.
Some chefs even make savoury versions of the mille-feuille.
If you ever visit a French cafe or pastry shop, do try out the mille-feuille.
Bienvenue à Paris is a very interesting song that was released in 1987 by the band Bill Baxter collaborating with Tippa Irie.
The band members of Bill Baxter were Joe Cool, Louis Primo and Bo Gesture.
The song welcomes you to Paris and takes you on a little tour and mentions some very interesting sites from Champs-Elysées to the Tour Eiffel. And we also hear mentions of things that we truly associate with Paris from bread dipped in butter, the French cancan, the French taxi to Cartier jewellery.
A super friendly and super peppy number that takes you to Paris and back and encourages you to visit the city.
This wonderful song sung by Joe Dassin and written by Pierre Delanoë, Mike Wilsh, Mike Deighan truly captured the essence of Champs-Elysées.
For those of you who have never heard this song, do listen to it.
What is special about ‘Les Champs-Elysées’? It is one of the best attractions in Paris. It is an Avenue that runs between Place de la Concorde and Place Charles de Gaulle, where you will find the Arc de Triomphe.
This beautiful avenue is a busy commercial place. It attracts visitors both night and day. You will find a large number of international fashion brand stores and businesses set up here.
Christmas time will see the avenue lit up with holiday lights.
14th July( sometimes referred to as Bastille day) is a big occasion. The military parade passes down Les Champs-Elysées.
As Joe Dassin sings, ‘At Champs-Elysées, at Champs-Elysées, In sunshine, in rain, at midday or midnight. You will find whatever you need at Champs-Elysées’. The allure of Champs-Elyées is certainly worth the visit.
This describes Gabrielle “Coco Chanel” perfectly. She lived life on her terms. Having grown up in poverty, she built a life by using her skills and connections. Today her fashion brand is well known the world over. She popularized casual chic and her designs were meant to be worn without a corset. She also designed the popular interlocked cc monogram that is associated with her brand since 1920. Her empire now boasts fashionable clothing, bags, perfumes, cosmetics and accessories.
“Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance.” ~ Coco Chanel
I believe that her brand did embody this thought. Everything about her brand was classy and elegant.
She was unapologetically unique. Despite all the controversy surrounding her love life and her alleged spy work, she tirelessly focused on doing what she wanted, when she wanted and did it the best way, she knew she could. There is something to admire about Coco Chanel. I love some of her quotes. She recreated her life the way she wanted it to be.