Hi Family and Friends!
This is my first post ever and I know you are already asking yourself: Why this blog? Why “cupcakes in Paris?”… Well…. First, I’ve talked about starting my own blog for a while now and after procrastinating for so long I decided it was finally time. Second, I know a lot of you wonder what our life is about here in Paris. Do we eat snails every day and walk around with our berets on our heads? Well, you’ll be surprised that we don’t! But life sure is different here and I would love to share some of our daily adventures with yall.
Why “cupcakes in Paris”? I actually just need one photo to answer this question.
Yes, it only took a few minutes (sitting on our couch as shown above) of name brainstorming with Travis for him to come up with this one!!
Today has been a great day and I am so sad it is over already. It started with a trip to our local market. I love this market. I shop there every week for fresh fruits and veggies, organic eggs and cheeses.
I try my best to buy mostly local products so I start with my favorite guys:
We then moved to the cheese stall. Their fresh goat cheese is to die for!!
Then had to get some multigrain bread from this lady:
And finally we walked to the egg stall and were surprised to discover these HUGE goose eggs.
I had never seen one before and Travis said we HAD to buy them. So we did! And decided to have them for brunch today. Upon our return at home, I was glad to be in the kitchen mostly to be near the stove and get warm after all that shopping in the freezing outdoors of Paris. I first laid out our “catch of the weekend”:
We’ve got loads of veggies (carrots, turnips, parsnips, pumpkin, squash, celeri, zucchini, romaine, avocados), fruits (apples, bananas and clementines), goat cheese, 2 loafs of bread, countless packages of cereal (Travis was indeed hungry when we hit the organic food store yesterday) and chocolate covered almonds and coffee beans. You may wonder how we are going to eat it all? But believe me we will. Veggies will be turned into a nice winter soup sometime this week, bread and cheese will contribute to the lunches we bring to work (no more cafeteria food for us!) and don’t ask me about the chocolates;)
So to continue our story, I decided to start cooking the goose eggs. Well these “little” guys are quite hard to break. But I managed to finally fry them nicely (in butter, what else!):
The consistency is different from normal eggs: the yolk is creamier and the white a little more dense. They were delicious! And we’ll definitely be buying them again. The brunch was completed by toasts, goat cheese and currant jelly, while re-watching season two of “The Office” (LOVE that show):
The rest of the day included some writing (trying to finish the article about my thesis research) at my desk:
And more episodes of “The Office” at dinnertime while enjoying the Chicken tortilla soup (minus the tortilla) that was simmering all day in my crockpot. I served it with a little homemade corn muffin that was a tad too bland for me (was out of jalapenos):
Here is the recipe that I used:
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 1 green chili pepper
- 3 cloves of garlic crushed
- 1, 5 lbs chicken breast
- 2 cups chicken broth
- 2 cups water
- 2-14 1/2 oz cans whole tomatoes
- 1 14 1/2 oz can corn
- 1 14 1/2 can black beans drained and rinsed
- 1 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
- 1 Tsp cumin
- Place all ingredients in crockpot and cook on low for 8 hours (well that was hard, wasn’t it!).
- Remove chicken from pot and on a plate use two forks to shred it. Return to pot.
- Chop tomatoes in the pot with a spoon.
- Salt to taste.
- Serve in bowl toped with fresh cilantro.
Well… It is time to say good night. But I hope you appreciated this first post. I’ll be back soon and I hope you’ll have fun following our adventures.