Thursday, March 30, 2006

Crème Brûlée---The best kept secret

Crème Brûlée, burnt cream, this is one of the easiest recipes to impress dinner guests! So sinful, so delicious!

Trust me, there is no section in the Food Pyamid for crème brûlée, if there was, everybody would be eating the FP way!

Company was coming last night and this is one easy recipe to prepare in the morning, right after your workout!

The recipe I use is from an ancient Southern Living great where ever in the world you are located. What can be wrong with cream, egg yolks and sugar? You must cook this in a 100c oven and if you even see the slightest quiver of a bubble you turn down the oven.

The manly blow torch is not necessary, but dang, it looks cool!
This recipe is So Good!

Saturday, March 25, 2006

Bird Seed & Cardboard

There comes a time in your life, usually very close to a birthday that ends in ZERO, when you start to reflect on things. A quick trip for some new workout clothes, I discovered, in a very unforgiving mirror that 'foxy turned into frumpy' and something needed to be done. I won't hit 50 till November mind you, but action is in order & NOW!

Enter: The Personal Trainer!

Phase 1: The Assessment. This is where she takes a look at your eating habits. I had to log a 3-day food diary, no secrets! I had to fill out a health background, she even looked at my blood work. This chick is serious. She takes a look at your gait, your spine and hips.....even your knees and feet! She is now, rather acquainted with me. The only thing I know about her is that she has a killer-bod for an over-50, and she is very much a 'pro'.

Once she informed me I needed to eat more food and I was probably going to rebel and yell, the hubby and I took a trip to the local BIO (healthfood) store in Le Pecq. This was strange territory for me. Looking around at the many selections of cardboard and bird-seed. The bio vegetables didn't look too much different from what I was already buying, to be honest. Just the price tag looked higher.

Next session: the Physical Assessment. Hmmmmmm......well....... even though I walk and workout pretty much daily, I'm not in good shape. My 'core' is weak. All the more reason to have hired her. I'm not going to try to lose weight, just learn to eat healthier and she will kick-up my workout program. I'm ready!

The food program is nothing more than the famous food Pyramid! You know, 5 from this column, 3 from that column. It is all commen sense, but I just really had not plugged it in to our food life at home!

I've replaced my precious toast and butter for Muesli/Yogurt/Fresh Fruit.
Surprisingly, the Meusli was good and really didn't taste like I was eating sawdust! Oh those Preconceived Notions!

Lifestyle changes, hardwork.......we'll see! It can only get better.......but what about my full-fat cream & butter?? Everything in moderation, right?

Thursday, March 23, 2006

I'm Back!

Blogger finally got what ever was troubling them resolved, and now I've got much to blog about!
Thanks for checking in with me while I rode the storm out.
Stay tuned!

Thursday, March 09, 2006

The Drive-Thru Bakery!

Just when you think you've seen it all... run straight into a Drive-Thru Boulangerie!

Drive-Thru Bakery

You've really got to wonder how a 'drive-thru' bakery can make a success in a tradition-steeped country like France. The French have a Boulangerie in every town, perhaps even two! On any Sunday morning you'll find the line of hungry people waiting for their turn to buy their daily bread. The line will snake out the door and spill out onto the sidewalk. The keyword is Patience, you see, everyone gets their turn.

the menu
click on the photo to enlarge

I honestly don't know how business is for this place. There was nobody else driving in, but me. As I drove into the drive-thru line, I was reminded of Disneyland Paris and the Pirates of the Caribbean ride. That ride is corny, but we love it! The artwork on the walls of this place was interesting, to say the least!

I guess when you live here long enough, you really do see it all!