Thursday, August 15, 2013

What I Ate Last Nite


What I ate last night - mini jambon beurre sandwiches on a cereal baguette from Grand Epicerie that was incredibly crunchy or croustillante. I'm becoming a butter queen here.
You know you're living in a nice place when you lose your glasses and find them perched on top of the mail box next day...
My 50 steps to heaven. This plus the pool are working wonders.
I love walking by the Butte Chaumont park on the way to the pool everyday.
The light filtered through the trees is wonderful
Everyone is out doing their thing..
At the pool I got the news - not open till 10 am bla bla. I decided spur of the moment to go back to the cheese store.
Can you get a Velib bike with training wheels?
Beillevaire is becoming my new locale. Picard forgetabout it.
I bought a little tray of these Rocamadour AOP chèvres for no special reason and another slice of their pain d'épice.
In the window I spotted their salads with cheese...
What I ate for lunch today - Chèvre frais and the best butter I've tasted so far - beurre cru a la barrate bois. The round soft cheeses were quite tart and infinitely creamy,melting.
If I'd had a fork I could have picnic'd in the park. Instead the giant crows/ravens feasted on my roll.
I'm really loving it here in the 19th.
Every day is like Christmas...
And every night is like New Years Eve..to quote Sade ;)
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30 comments:

  1. It's fun to see you fall in love with each arrondissement....and quite amazing how complete each one is with all the things you require: pastry, pool, bread. The only omission I detect is chocolate, but I expect you will rectify that oversight soon.

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    1. So many places in Paris are closed for vacation but the 19th is not a chocolate Mecca I'm guessing...
      Many more are in the 6th locked up tight.
      It's the law of the land = vacance!

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  2. ... it's wonderful to love where you live ... cheers

    Karen in CT

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  3. I fell in love with cabecou cheese when I visited the Dordogne. It may be similar to the Rocamadour cheese????

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    1. They are not the same according to this goat cheese site:

      Appearance: Small, disk shape (diameter 5 – 5.7cm, sharply angled, height 1.4cm). The rind is a uniform pale yellow in colour. It doesn’t develop a mould other than penicillin.
      Type of cheese: It is fine with a creamy texture.
      Taste and flavours: It generally has a mild taste and used to be known as a ‘creamy cheese’ in France.
      Production: It is produced using full fat raw milk from the Perigord region. The lactic curd is drained and moulded in blocks.
      Maturation period: 7 days.
      Description / History / Origin
      Cabécou comes from Provencal French and means ‘little goat.’ There are dozens of varieties of these little round cheeses which are identified by where they come from. This system was first created in 1970 and then in 1992, a collective mark of quality was established for this type of cheese. The mark includes production standards for farms and dairies which produce it.

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    2. Rocamdour :

      Appearance: A small, flat disk in shape (diameter 6cm, height 1.6cm), with a white, ivory or beige coloured rind which can be slightly grooved or velvety.
      Type of cheese: It is soft and creamy.
      Taste and flavours: It has a strong goat’s cheese taste and a melt-in-the-mouth texture.
      Production: It is made from full fat, raw milk which is heated and then rennet is added before it is left to coagulate for at least 20 hours. The curd is blended, salted and moulded by hand and then it is matured in a temperature controlled environment, known in French as an ‘haloir’ at 10°C.
      Maturation period: 6 days.
      Description / History / Origin
      This cheese is produced in the heart of Quercy. The production area covers Lot, Correze, the Dordogne, Aveyron and Tarn-et-Garonne.
      More information
      When creamy or even quite dry, this cheese if often eaten on its own or in salads. It pairs well with egg dishes and can be included in a wide range of recipes.

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    3. Rocamdour has a melt-in-the-mouth texture
      http://www.frenchgoatscheese.com/en/goats-cheeses-in-alphabetical-order.html

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  4. Fromage, piscine , parc, patisserie, Paris. Ahhhhhh.what a life!

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    1. I keep pinching myself
      Can't believe it either
      Don't forget PAINTS!

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  5. I like your neighborhood - & your spiral staircase!
    The food looks good, too, but I was more fascinated by your neighborhood shots. Looks nice there!

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    1. It feels very old Paris but not the pretty Paris so much...

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  6. Is this your big Love..le grand amour?
    I love it for you..I have seen staircases like that in a few French fave Netflix films..
    C'est charmant Carol..and I love your local fromager too..can you do What I ate last night more often?A regular feature:-) ?
    Crows..I would gladly send you ours..I think I will tell them about yours..
    Love cheese..bread..and butter...

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  7. So glad you are enjoying life in Paris and getting a good workout on the stairs! I think everything is "better" in Paris! Pink thoughts

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  8. Carol, it seems that you have found a true Paris neighborhood. Thank you for showing us more of your surroundings. I love the way that your missing glasses turned up. And the cheese shop, of course.

    xo

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  9. Looks like you're near the countryside de Paris, as my friend calls the Mouzaia area with the alleys and lanes. Lovely + thank you for 'bringing' me there this am xo

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  10. I'm so glad you are happy in your new space! I love the stairs (well, easy to love them when you don't have to climb them.) But with the cheese, it's probably a fine thing! I ate so much in Paris -- and didn't gain weight, between five flights, metros and miles on the feet!

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    1. The stairs are a VERY GOOD THING!
      I am moving mountains on them ;)

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  11. cyndi from SD12:26 PM

    I too ,am so happy that you love your new "hood".Change is always good, especially since you're still in Paris.
    I too would love it if you did "what I ate last night" on a regular basis.Talk about about vicarious pleasures,I love what you do every day.
    merci beaucoup
    Cyndi

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  12. Anonymous12:36 PM

    Ha! When you wrote the pool was closed and I spotted the bikes, I thought you'd gone for a ride. But no, to the cheese store! I love it.
    I used the bike system several times, usually when Tony took an afternoon lie in. What a great resource. I loved seeing "the red glasses." I think of them as your signature. xo K

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  13. Enjoyed what you ate but missed seeing a water color sketch of it or something in your new location, or your red glasses atop the mail box.

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  14. Anonymous9:50 PM

    Even with the 50 steps and the pool you must not be getting too carried away with the cheese and butter if you are getting in better shape! My apt in Paris had 47 steps if I remember correctly and it almost killed me! So happy that you love the 19th. I need to get my map out and see just where that it. Carolyn

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  15. Anonymous10:11 PM

    Back in the 1980's Oakville Groceries from Napa opened in the City and my twin sister and I used to go up on the weekends to shop. They had free range chickens before anyone else and they imported butter from France. I used to buy the different provences...my God they were good...
    Lynne

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    1. I never ate so much butter in my life as I am now.
      In fact I never liked it much. Here it has so much more flavor perhaps...

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    2. Anonymous11:30 PM

      The butter has different flavors depending on the areas they graze...I got to the point that I could tell which areas the butter came from...it must have higher fat content...flavor always from fat...
      Lynne

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  16. Oh, so glad you are loving it, Carol--it sounds perfect for you! I'm so happy for you. Butter is so good--just be careful and remember moderation. It's better than a lot of junk. You're definitely in your element. xo

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    1. Yes I AM in my element here
      Never had a park so close or so much nature
      It's a good think I think ;)

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  17. How wonderful to get to know another arrondisement. So much to be thankful for- honest neighbours, steps, Beillevaire, Parc des Buttes Chaumont (it looks wonderful), it's always amazing to see what you eat in Paris, no matter which meal.

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  18. How nice to know you're happy in your new abode and neighbourhood. It's so important for our well-being. How is Bear??

    Ha! Looking at your baguette, beurre and cheese makes me hungry, yet I don't eat any of it. my diet is very different but if I wear to eat those it would have to be in Paris with you:-)

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  19. Thanks for the info on Cabecou and Rocamodour cheeses. Can't wait to get back to France so that I can taste the Rocamodour.

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