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Pain Perdu…. Real French Toasts

blogfoodrelated-0101During my childhood my mother was making Pain Perdu or French Toasts with one-old day bread for our 4-Heures – Tea time- Snack time. In our family we never throw away bread we used toasted with butter, jam or chocolate powder, for homemade croutons, or pudding. It was rare we had Pain perdu in the mornings as it is served in the States. No in France, Sunday mornings are dedicatd to Croissants and baguettes, everybody meet at his favorite Bakery on Sunday mornings to buy fresh, crispy Baguette and croisssants put in delicate white paper bags… Ususally around 8-9 am there is a queue in front of the Bakery..
Thanks to Trader Joe’s we now enjoy in our Californian Home hot croissants and hot Chocolate croissants on week ends
But this morning none were left and I had some bread left I decided to make some French Toasts the way we make them in France: we do not pour Maple Sirop on it but we sprinkle tons of sugar!

PAIN PERDU or FRENCH TOATS ( 4 servings)
4 eggs
6 tbsp. milk
6 tsp. vanilla
1 cup white sugar
8 slices bread cut in half
2 tbsp. butter

Combine egg, milk, vanilla in large flat bowl. Mix well.
Place bread in bowl and let it soak up egg mixture on first side then the other.
Heat the butter in a skillet and fry the soaked bread until golden and little brown.
Put the bread on a plate and sprinkle tons of sugar!

I like it with my Dark Coffee with a dop of heavy cream, my husband dips “trempe” his “pain Perdu” into his coffee!


NB.I saw that my friend Laurie from Dalla Mia Cucina
posted Week end Cinnamon Buns for breakfast. Both of us wanted the perfect breakfast for a perfect week end!

Not that new

For 2 years I had a blog with Blogger under, it was a happy and quiet relationship for a while, but lately I was frustrated about the way my Blog looks. So after a little search and a lot of advices from my DH I decided to switch to WordPress.

This is always exiting to lauch a new Blog or Website or business. You have plenty of new ideas, big dream for having THE perfect Blog,Web with tons of faithful readers, customers… let’s see how I going to improve  my way of Blogging.

You still can consult my Archives under my old blog, today is only the first step, I will transfer the files soon.

A bientot,

Make Sunday, Crepes Day!

Sometimes routines are good. I do not have really routines when I cook for my family. I have a Menu for each week and I make my Shopping list before going to the grocery shop and Farmer’s Market, but if I see beautiful Artichokes, Spinach, cauliflower, Organic meat, fresh eggs I may end up buying them to add up into my menu!
But since we moved to our new house I instored a Crepes Day! This is so great, easy, delicious and fun!
Every Sunday morning I make the Crepes batter, then put the batter in the fridge, and then around 5-6 pm I am starting to cook them.
The smell of Crepes in the pan … is so yummy and addictive! No need to call everybody to have them ready to eat they asking about the crepes as soon as they smell them.Then everyone can fill them up with what they want it can be sweet or Savory or both! Crepes are so versatiles. My husband like them with sugar, my kids with Nutella, I prefer mine folded into squares stuffed with Gruyere… and then the last one with sugar and cherries or any fruits …
I know when kids are all grown up, they will remember Sunday as Crepes day
We have them with hot cocoa, or Cafe au Lait. My husband is the one crazy about Crepes I never make enough, he can eat 10 in a row and not getting any pound!

French Crepes
3 eggs
1-1/4 C. flour shifted
2-1/4 C. milk
2 Tbsp. melted butter, plus more to cook the crepes in
1 tsp. salt
Preheat a pan (Crepe pan or an 8 inch non-stick pan) over medium heat. Mix eggs and a cup of the milk. Add in dry ingredients. Mix quickly. Add in the rest of the milk and melted butter; combine well. You can use also a blender. This is a very thin batter, not like pancakes. Set aside for at least 20 minutes
Put a generous bit of butter (I cut the end of a butter stick and roll it into my hot pan.) Once it is melted, pour about 1/4 cup batter into the pan. Let the Crepe cook for about one minute until golden, then flip and cook on other side about one minute . Can it be more simple that that?
Put butter in the pan each time you cook another crepes..

How do you like your crepes?


When I was living in New York city I worked in the Village. One of my favorite place in the entire world, Everyday on my way to work, I passed by a little middle Estearn restaurant called Mamnou’s Falafel
the smell in front of the restaurant was very exotic. a friend of mine told me about this place and raved about their Falafel. Falafel??? I had no clue what it was… and actually I never stopped and eat at that restaurant, What a shame! Today some 15 years later I was craving for the smell I loved so much…
The actual origins of falafel are not certain; according to the Hebrew-language paper, Ynetnews, “A possible theory suggests falafel was invented some 1000 years ago by the Egyptian Copts, who brought it with them to the rest of the Middle East.”[3] Originally made with fava beans in Egypt, the dish later migrated northwards, where chickpeas were introduced instead.[2] The chickpea was used as a food item in the Levant before 4000 BC.[4]

I found a great Recipe on the New York Times

The classic recipe calls for Pita or flat bread, I used Flour Tortilla ( hey I live in Southern California! i stuffed it with , lettuce, fresh parsley, lamb sausage cut in small pieces and as a sauce I mixed TJ’s Greek Style yogurt, grated fresh garlic and their famous Organic Creamy blue cheese dressing!
Results? the smell in my kitchen was not the same as I am dreaming about, but when I put my nose just above them I could smell something great. The discovery of Falafel was worth it, it is very nutritious, exotic, and light and really good and tasty calling for a little Escapade in New York or Middle Eastern….


I can hear you asking in front of your computer” What’s that???Arv Idyll I can’t even say it. Is is a new recipe from Celine’s Cuisine?
No I am not going to share a recipe today only some thoughts about my Ikea‘s China…

When it comes to china, plates, bowls, glasses and any accessories for my Kitchen this is hard to resist from Ikea’s Stores. I try not going to much because every time I go, I pick things I am not even sure I need but I love Ikea and the Scandinavian Atmosphere. Once, I stepped into their stire I am like Alice in Wonderland, I do not know if this is the smell of their Swedish meatballs or their Cramberries…..In my former life I am sure I lived in Sweeden, on a little island, surrounded by trees, wood , living in a small little white cottage. Everything inside is white too, the wooden floor, the table….Yes I love the Scandinavian Way of life ( the Good way because some people think that they drink and smoke too much) , a respect for the earth and nature, a simple, natural life, they ride bikes, they eat healthy, they have cozy homes for harsh winters, I like their decoration the old and the new style. And of my favorite Blog is still chez Larsson that I consult on a daily basis.

Today I wanted to share with you my daily China: Cream and Dark Blue, prefect for my little cottage… Bowls, Plates and soup plates.. so lovely on my wooden kitchen table with candles, linen napkins, raffia caraffe….
My pictures may look not warm and even little austere but my table setting is always warm and even funny ( forks placed on the wrong side…something is alays missing…). Our meals are always fun and active we play ” I spy” with the kids while eating, we play spelling names, we play with colors and shapes of food…
We do not use plastic plates or fork and not paper napkin… never even for pinic I bring sometimes heavy stuff but lately I noticed Bamboo picnic plates and forks..another post soon!

What is your Daily China?

My Daily China ARV IDYLL at Ikea

My new kitchen, my new home-office, my new life

My Home-Office

My Kitchen with my kids art display

One month ago we found a lovely house for rent, in the same City we have been living for 3 years already! It was love at the first-sight. As soon as I opened the beautiful Hacienda-wooden style front door I entered a dream house with huge windows, high ceiling, 3 fireplaces, beautiful wooden floor, an amazing garden with luxuriant trees and plants and a beautiful swimming pool ideal to cool off during the very hot Summer we can’t tolerate in the Inland Valley anymore, now the kids are getting older and they learn swimming.
We are almost settled and it is always a pleasure to live every second in this house. We all love it!
I have my Home office right in the Family room near the kitchen, when I open the French Door nearby I have a view on the garden and I can hear the birds singing, the water of the water pool… I LOVE it!
This should be the best place to work, write my new recipes, write new columns in local magazines and promote my business… stay tuned and I tell you more about it soon!