Month: April 2014

Belle Accolade Offert

À ma bon amie Nika:

Bonjour Nika!

Tu vis en Russie, mais nous parlons chaque semaine.

Tu es un super ami et êtes un de gens les plus agréables que j’ai jamais rencontrés.

Tu aimes des chevaux et riez toujours. Tu as une personnalité très ensoleillée! 

Beaucoup de grandes étreintes à toi en Russie!

À bientôt 🙂

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Le Couple Royal

Le Couple Royal: Prince William et Kate

Pendant les vacances, le couple royal nous a visités ici à Adélaïde. Il y avait le Prince William et sa femme, Kate, et leur fils Prince George.

Franchement, je ne m’en suis pas souciée beaucoup en réalité. Ils sont juste des gens après tout. Mais, je pense que le Prince Georges est très mignon et ils ont l’air d’être une famille agréable.

À bientôt 🙂

Le chocolat

As one of my major projects for French this year, I have to research an aspect of French cuisine, and I’ve chosen French chocolate and chocolatiers as my topic. Below I’ve written a few paragraphs about it, as an introductory essay of sorts.


 

When one thinks of French food, the initial thought is often that of their cheese, wine or bread. But, as this article points out, le chocolat is actually one of France’s best kept secrets. Its neighbours, Belgium and Switzerland, are famous worldwide for their gourmet chocolate, but, as I’m hoping to discover through this project, France may secretly have some of the best.

The cocoa bean was first introduced to France in the 1600’s when Anne of Austria, a Spanish princess, married the King of France Louis XIII. At first it was drunk as a beverage and used only by the French nobility (la noblesse), but soon began to be sold in pharmacies around France as a ‘miracle food’, due to its supposed therapeutic values. 

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At the beginning of the Industrial Revolution (around 1760), chocolate was finally made available to the public when chocolate businesses were set up around the country, quickly selling chocolate bars and hot beverages. From then on, it swiftly became a staple of French cuisine, and many families even now have a chocolate mousse or cake recipe that has been passed down through the generations.

Just like their wine, the French prefer very high-quality chocolate, and the favourite choice is often of the ‘dark’ variety, as this website explains.

“31% of sales in the French chocolate market are premium, compared to just 19% in [the rest of] Europe. 25% of French consumers buy only dark chocolate while 65% buy dark and milk.”

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Some of the best and most well-known French chocolatiers include Patrick Roger, Cazenave, Hirsinger, Richart, and Valrhona. Check out their websites if you’ve got time, because some of the chocolate on there is seriously amazing. 

Paragraph in French:

Bonjour!

J’aime le chocolat (c’est délicieux) et donc j’ai choisi ‘ le chocolat ‘ pour mon sujet pour mon projet ce terme en français. 

Histoire: La fève de cacao a été présentée en France en années 1600 où Anne de l’Autriche a épousé le Roi De France Louis XIII. D’abord c’était juste une boisson et a utilisé seulement par la noblesse, mais bientôt il a été vendu dans des pharmacies autour de la France comme ‘une nourriture miracle.’ Autour de 1760, le chocolat a été rendu disponible au public quand les affaires de chocolat ont commencé dans tout le pays, vendant les barres de chocolat et des boissons chaudes. Le français préfère le chocolat très de haute qualité et leur favori est du chocolat noir.

Il y a beaucoup de types différents de chocolat, comme le chocolat noir, le chocolat blanc, le chocolat avec des noix, le chocolat avec des fruits secs, etc. (Ils sont tout délicieux à moi!) En France, ils considèrent la fabrication de chocolat un art et des chocolatiers sont vraiment des artistes. Ils ne font pas juste le chocolat étonnant, ils font aussi des sculptures de chocolat et de bonnes pièces. Un peu de ce chocolat peut coûter des centaines de dollars! La Fabrication de chocolat est une affaire sérieuse en France!


Hopefully you enjoyed that delicious post, and more chocolate stuff should be coming soon!

À bientôt 🙂

Où est le cheval?

A few weeks ago in French class, we were split into pairs and tasked with writing a short conversation between two people, one of whom had lost something, and then presenting it to the class. Sounds basic, yes? Well, it wasn’t quite so simple for me, I’m afraid.

At the time, I was just recovering from a nasty case of bronchitis and my voice sounded awful, and the girl I had been paired with was not feeling much better, as she was coming down with a nasty cold herself. Together, we probably sounded like two old, wheezing geese honking out a stumbling conversation in French. We were also probably sleep-deprived, and this was the last (or second to last?) week of the term, with moods running high and students being excited for the holidays. Thus, our (meant-to-be-serious) written conversation quickly took a turn for the silly, devolving into a rather bizarre story of a horse inexplicably getting lost near a restaurant in Marseille. It was finished hastily amid much quiet giggling and coughing, and it is my pleasure to present it to you here.

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Le Fromage

Ah, le fromage. Few things are so typically French as delicious, smelly cheese (well, that and baguettes and berets).

I am fortunate enough to be one of those people who loves just about every type of food under the sun, but cheese is especially wonderful. I think what I appreciate most about cheese is its versatility: it can be baked into a cheesecake, sprinkled as a topping on just about every hot meal, melted into fondue and enjoyed with morceaux du pain, or just enjoyed on its own with a fine glass of wine (not that I’m actually old enough to do that yet, however!)

As part of French class we were tasked to write about le fromage, and I’ve decided to simply write a list of my personal favourite cheeses and cheese dishes, in all different forms. Enjoy!

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Film Review: A Hard Day’s Night

(from left) Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, John Lennon

Director: Richard Lester
Writer: Alun Owen
Starring: The Beatles, Wilfrid Brambell, Norman Rossington
Released: 6 July, 1964
Genre: Music, comedy

A Hard Day’s Night was released in cinemas fifty years ago in the summer of 1964 in the UK. Fifty years. That’s an extraordinarily long time for a movie to survive and still be widely watched, and that honour belongs to only a handful of films. A Hard Day’s Night is one of them.

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