Can’t Win ‘Em All

4 10 2010

I want to thank everyone out there in internet-land for your votes, tweets, comments, and general support of me in Project Food Blog.  The Powers that Be have decided that I’m not moving on in the competition.  So it goes.  I was a little sad about it, but I tried to look at the bright side: I was still having a dinner party, but I didn’t have to photograph it or write about it, leaving me free to enjoy the food and the company of good friends.

That said, if I’m going to lose I want someone Really Good to win.  It’s been fun finding so many new blogs as a part of this competition, and here are three who really deserve your votes.

1. Pastry Methods and Techniques

Jenni's citrus shortbread

I’ve been reading Jenni’s blog for a while now, and not only does she really know her way around the pastry kitchen, she’s also hilarious.  You can vote for her here, or by clicking the picture of her scrumptious-looking citrus shortbreads.

2. Life on Nanchang Lu

mah jong dessert

Fiona is an Australian living in Shanghai, China.  Her stories are fascinating and her pictures are great.  Plus, she made my all-time favorite Chinese dish for the last challenge!  You can read about her fabulous 10-hour Mahjong lunch here.

3. Fresh Air + Fresh Food


Lindsey writes a fresh and fun blog from my home state!  Her awesome dinner party featured the best local products, from her husband’s homebrew to my favorite berry.  Read all about it here.

I’ll be back soon with some more French beers for you.

Originally published on Croque-Camille.


Dear Readers,

19 04 2010

A lot has happened in the last week.  Tuesday morning I arrived at work to see the chef with his arm in an immobilizing sling.  He’d dislocated his shoulder – AGAIN (this is the third time, I think) – playing American football.  Which is clearly my fault, as the inventor of the sport and the person who set up the team in Paris and forced him to play.  Anyway, he informed me that since he couldn’t use his arm, he’d be taking the week off, leaving me to do all the work with only a stage to help me out.  (At least this one has a good work ethic, unlike some.)  So in addition to having to pack up my apartment at night, my days were much longer and more stressful than usual.  The icing on the cake was that I had to cover his shift on Saturday, too, which meant that I had to get up at 3:30am on moving day, go to work, come home, finish packing, and then move into a new place.  Fortunately, Nick and I had a great number of friends helping us out with the move, and many hands truly did make light work.  So many, many thanks go to Joe, Laurence, Scott, Ana, Arnaud, Nicolai, Celine, and Jesse for making moving day go so smoothly.

The phone/internet/tv switchover didn’t go smoothly at all so I am currently without reliable service for at least a week.  I hope you’ll bear with me and another possible post-less week.  I promise to be back as soon as possible with a farewell tour of my old neighborhood, photos of the new kitchen (once it’s ready to go – I’m helping the landlady shop for appliances today), and, of course, more recipes.


Originally published on Croque-Camille.

Fun with Search Engine Terms

29 05 2008

Today, I am playing a favorite game among bloggers: Make Fun of Ridiculous Searches.  While I should probably just be happy that I’m getting some traffic, I can’t help but laugh at some of these.  They are all actual, unedited, search terms that have resulted in someone viewing my blog.  If you wrote one of these, don’t take it personally, it’s all in good fun.

1. where is polenta in the grocery store

A: Yes.

2. what can you use if you don’t have a sha

A: Don’t you hate it when you run out of sha?  I mean, when the search engine cuts off your query?  For the sake of argument, I have come up with some possible endings to this question, and some answers to the resulting questions.

…shaker?  Well, James Bond aside, I always went with Auntie Mame on this one anyway.  “Stirred, never shaken, bruises the gin.”

…shark?  Easy, just get one at the market.

I would have bought this today, but I didn\'t want it to get dirty on the Metro

…sham?  I find pillowcases to be more than adequate.

…sharp knife?  Um, your teeth?  Or just sharpen it.

…sharpener?  With a whetstone, dear Henry, dear Henry, dear Henry, whetstone!

3. is oatmeal cookies good for hearth

A: You mean like open hearth baking?  I’ve never tried that.  However, I’m afraid that what you need is some help conjugating verbs.  Not my area of expertise.

4. how to draw a croque

A: From my French-English dictionary: croquer (verb): 1. to crunch; 2. to sketch.  Not sure how you would go about drawing that.  A croquis is a sketch, but as far as I can tell, there is no tangible object that goes by the name “croque.”  And “how to draw a sketch” is a bit redundant, is it not?

5. finding bugs in soup

A: Ok, so this isn’t exactly a question, but it is my favorite search term so far.  I laughed out loud when I saw it, because I know exactly why this person was directed to my site, and yet they couldn’t possibly have found what they were looking for.  If you’re out there, I have a question for you: why are you Googling this?  (Or Ask-ing, or Yahoo!-ing, or whatever it is you kids do these days.)  Are you looking for bugs in your soup?  Do you want them there?  Are you one of those litigious types trying to find a restaurant to sue?  Are you an entomologist who studies the rare soup-dwelling onion beetle?

Well, that was fun.  See you next time!

I like Orangina…

10 04 2008

But this is ridiculous!

(Parental discretion advised)

I have lately been a little disturbed by the Orangina print ads on vending machines in the Métro, featuring animal-people in provocative outfits and poses.  On a brief search of the web I found this TV ad, which I had not yet seen.  Wow.  Too sexy!

Hello! (Or, as we say it here, Bonjour!)

18 02 2008


Hold onto your forks and napkins, people!  Bon appetit!

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