Month: February 2014

J’aime et je déteste …

J’adore la musique, et je joue le cor! (Source)

In French class today, we talked about the things that we like and the things that we don’t like. Here are mine:

J’adore la musique, parce-que c’est passionant, et amusant, et j’adore jouer de la musique.
J’adore mon chien, Stanley, parce-que il est très mignon, mais il est un grand bébé aussi!
J’aime le fromage, parce-que c’est crémeux et délicieux.
J’aime beaucoup de nourriture japonaise. J’adore le sushi, en particulier le sushi avec saumon cru. C’est délicieux!

Je déteste tous les insectes, parce-que ils sont degoutants et mechantes.
Je déteste le temps chaud, parce-que c’est trop chaud et humide.

À bientôt :)

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Les recettes que J’aime

If there is one thing I love more about French culture than anything else, it has to be the food. France has a proud history of delicious food and gorgeous meals, and so I decided to take this opportunity to share some of my favourite French recipes! View the recipes after the jump below 🙂

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Le Petit Déjeuner

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Miam … (Source)

Le petit-déjeuner est le premier repas du jour et, je pense, le plus important. Si vous voulez être sains, vous devez prendre le petit-déjeuner!

Le petit-déjeuner est important parce qu’il vous donne la force et les substances nutritives vous devez être sains pendant la journée. Il est très important de manger un petit-déjeuner équilibré qui a la fibre, le calcium, la protéine et des glucides. En général, pour le petit-déjeuner je mange du pain avec le beurre de cacahuètes, ou un croque-monsieur et parfois je mange un croissant avec du jambon et du fromage. Et en général, je bois un verre de jus des fruits, ou un café au lait.

Mon petit-déjeuner préféré est le curry indien. Étrange, je sais, mais je pense que c’est délicieux! En général, ma mère fait mon petit-déjeuner pour moi. Elle est un ange!

Que mangez-vous pour le petit-déjeuner ?

À bientôt :)

Le Japon en France

'Tartare de saumon' de Magokoro (Source)

Tartare de saumon, de restaurant Magokoro à Paris (Source)

What I find fascinating about Japanese culture is its popularity worldwide, and how far it has spread in the last decade or so. In the past few years, Japanese food, art, and film have become more and more popular worldwide. You may have noticed Japanese-style restaurants becoming more frequent around your city (I can certainly say I have!), and nowhere has this been more apparent than on the streets of Paris.

Tofu vapeur au sésame noir, de Magokoro (Source)

Tofu vapeur au sésame noir, de restaurant Magokoro à Paris (Source)

Earlier this week our French teacher showed us a number of articles titled ‘Japon – Le Perle du Paris’. I have to say that I’d never realised how popular Japanese culture has become in Paris, as well as how close Japan and France are as nations.
(On a side note: France has been very involved in trade and cultural exchange initiatives with Japan recently, possibly due to the former French president Jaques Chirac being a lover of Japanese culture, having visited Japan over 40 times and being an expert on the country. France and Japan are also known to share ideas with each other involving art and cuisine.)

Bento boîte, de restaurant Neobento à Paris

Bento boîte, de restaurant Neobento à Paris (Source)

Although the articles were about a number of things, the one that really caught my eye was about the popularity of Japanese cuisine in Paris, like sushi, bento, and other Japanese-style restaurants. I love Japanese food (even some of the more unusual foods, like eel sushi, or edamame), and I thought it was really interesting to see how popular that food is in Paris.
So that was an interesting  thing I learned the other day, and I hope you enjoyed learning about it (and looking at delicious pictures of the food) as much as I did!

À bientôt 🙂

La différence entre la pâtisserie, la viennoiserie, et la génoiserie

The other day our French teacher asked us to find out the difference between pâtisseries, viennoiseries, and génoiseries. To be honest, I’d always thought that pâtisseries was a name for all French pastries, but turns out I was mistaken!

Pâtisseries are French pastries and cakes, and la pâtisserie is the name for a French bakery.

La pâtisserie (Source)

La pâtisserie (Source)

Viennoiseries are particular types of bread-based pastries, like croissants and pains au chocolat. 

Croissants (Source)

Mmm … croissants (Source)

Génoiseries are simply, sponge cakes and sponge-based pastries.

Sponge Cake, yum! (Source)

Sponge cake, yum! (Source)

Alors, c’est la différence simple entre la pâtisserie, la viennoiserie, et la génoiserie.

À bientôt!

The Fault In Our Stars, by John Green (Book review)

The Fault In Our Stars (Source)

The Fault In Our Stars (Source)

[Spoiler Free Review]

The Fault In Our Stars, by John Green
Genre:
Young Adult
Length: 313 pages
Published: January 10th, 2012

Every so often a book will come along that is so breathtakingly accurate in its depiction of humanity that it literally changes the way you view the world. For me, that wasn’t The Fault In Our Stars. But it did change the way I think about cancer, and the terminally ill.

Hazel is sixteen, with lung cancer, and a new drug treatment has bought her some extra time (but how much?) When her mother sends her to a support group for cancer patients, she meets Augustus, a smart, tall, handsome amputee and ex-basketball player. They hit it off right away and soon become the best of friends, but as their feelings for each other grow, Hazel becomes conflicted. After all, how much time have they got left?

It’s hard to discuss the realism of this book when I have almost zero experience with cancer or cancer in my family (thankfully), but I’ll try my best anyway.
This book feels like it could be real. The characters are all people you can imagine meeting and being friends with. My knowledge of cancer and what it does to people and families is extremely limited, but it all still felt so real. Everything, from the hospital visits, to the medication, to the depressing support group, to the way the families dealt with it, all felt very real. I think that’s what makes the book so appealing to so many people – it doesn’t feel like we’re reading about fictional characters doing fictional things; it feels like we’re reading about real people and real families struggling through tremendous hardship, which is something just about everyone can relate to.

John Green is (do I even need to say it?) a brilliant writer. He really is. For someone to be able to create such painstakingly detailed, realistic portrayals of cancer patients, that someone has to be a very, very good writer. And John Green pulls it off better than just about any other author I’ve ever read.

Don’t read this review and think that the whole book is a depressing heap of cancer and hardship, because it’s actually not, surprisingly. There are lovely, sparkling snippets of humour throughout the first half of this novel, although it does get a bit heartbreaking towards the end (I’m warning you now: you will cry. Bring tissues). The humour never feels forced, and it actually does help to lighten the mood.

The Fault In Our Stars is, first and foremost, a love story. But it is also a story about loss, courage, friendship, overcoming hardship, dreams, hope, and how sometimes the thing we’re looking for is right in front of our eyes.

I recommend this book to everybody – 5/5 stars.

“The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves.”Shakespeare, Julius Caesar.