February 27, 2009

I arrived this Sunday in Lyon from Italy at midnight, but my internet connection here has been very faulty, so I’ve been using someone’s (REALLY SLOW) unprotected wifi. I’m excited to try the new scout updates and to upload the photos from my travels to flickr once I have my normal connection soon!

Ci vediamo

I went grocery shopping on Saturday to pick up the baking powder for my pancakes so that they would be nice and fluffy, but I had a really difficult time finding it! In Canada, baking powder comes in a big yellow container, but I couldn’t find anything similar at my local grocery store. I scanned up and down the sugar and flour aisles repeatedly before I asked a clerk for help, but nothing looked right.

When I had done a quick search in an online dictionary at home I had found the translation “poudre à pate,” but the clerk had no idea what I was talking about. It was really difficult trying to describe what I needed, but I ended up using my hands a lot and explaining that I need it to make bread rise (not exactly the truth, but perhaps the easiest way to describe what I needed).

The clerk took me to the aisle where I had previously searched, and showed me packets of “levure chimique” and “levure du boulanger”, and he said that this was the only thing they sold for that purpose. I looked at their ingredients and decided to go with “levure du boulanger” as the “levure chimique” contained baking soda, and when I got home and checked on the internetz I realized that I had actually purchased yeast! How confusing!

Baking Powder and Yeast in France

I went back yesterday, and purchased the “levure chimique”, and I am happy to say that it worked like a charm! I made apple cinnamon pancakes for lunch today, and I have to say that they are the best pancakes of my life. I substituted splenda for sugar and royal gala apples for the apples in the recipe, and they were amazing. I can’t wait to make them again, mmmm! One of the comments of the recipe mentioned that they didn’t contain enough cinnamon, so I also added 1 teaspoon instead of 1/4 of a teaspoon. I also sprinkled cinnamon on top, because I am a bit nutty for it 😉

Apple Cinnamon Pancakes

Mille-Feuille pastry

This is a pastry that I purchased on Monday from the bakery near my house. Mondays are never fun days, so I have designated them “pastry mondays”… a very delicious day, indeed. Back in high school I was friends with a norwegian exchange student, and we would go to Tim Hortons together once a week, and try a new donut flavour each time. That is also my goal in France to “appreciate the culture” (or pastries *cough*). (I really do miss Timmy’s, though… mmm boston cream donuts, ice capps, and french vanilla cappuccinos).

The mille-feuille also goes by napoleon and vanilla slice, and it is a deliciously flaky pastry filled with custard, and topped with a chocolate and vanilla glaze. Yum!

Adam Tensta – My Cool

February 7, 2009

This song has such a good beat, and is really addictive to listen to ^^ I read a little bit on Wikipedia about the swedish rapper, Adam Tensta, and I think that it is really inspiring that he managed to break away from the poverty that he grew up in. He has also never smoked, drank alcohol, or done drugs. What a strong character!