Well, I do feel a little better about the staying in France situation. I won't say anything here because I do believe in jinxing things, but let's just say there might be a teeny tiny miniscule possibility of me staying. And, hey, I'm clinging on to that like there's no manana. That is all I will(try to) say about that because even though a lot of why I started this blog was to be able to remember my experience and be able to have a sort of online diary, I also wanted to keep everyone up-to-date on what's going on in my vida and I now fear I have scared everyone away. So, I will try to squeeze every last ounce of positivity out of my veins that are clogged with negativity up the wazoo because, well, that's just the new plan. I also want to warn people who don't know me, but read the blog, that I'm not a pro-blogger or great writer or anything, so BEWARE. MWAHAHA! Kidding...really...well, mostly anyways!
So, to lighten the mood, I thought I would talk about food I miss from the US and then also give you guys abroad a recipe that I found recently that definitely made my morning a little sweeter(hint, hint.) And, by sweeter, I mean maple syrup-y sweeter...have I said too much? Anyhoo, here goes the list of grub a gal like me misses from the good ol' U S of A:
GOOD peanut butter
Stone Ground Wheat Thins
Zatarin's Black Bean&Rice Mix
Readily available cheddar
Bagels&Cream Cheese(no, Boursin is just not the same!)
Sandwich shops(mom&dad kind, Quizno's, Panera Bread, etc...I loves me some sandwiches)
Turkey burgers, Turkey sausage, Ground Turkey/Chicken(basically more options for non-beef and pork eaters like me)
My mom and dad's home cookin'
Ok, I feel like there's prob a ton more, but those are the top ones I can think of. The top of the list after mom&dad has got to be cottage cheese. Yumm-o. I really, REALLY wish it existed in France because I am a CC addict. And before you get all in a tizzy about my patriotic list, I could also list a gazillion things I love in France too, believe-you-me:)
Now, for the recipe. I woke up Saturday(after a bad end of the night where a French guy was extremely rude to me) and I was hungry for some comfort food from home, so I thought about the (little) cooking ingredients and food I had and magically came up with...PANCAKES!!!
So, here she goes:
2 c. flour
1 1/2 tsp. salt
2 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 1/2 c. milk
2 tbl. melted butter
1 whole apple cut into small pieces
Combine flour, baking powder and salt in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, stir together the egg and milk. Add this to flour mixture and then, stir in melted butter. Serves 4.
The apple(possible substitute also would be peaches, strawberries, blueberries, etc) idea was all mine because I had to bootleggedly(is that a word?) use honey instead of maple syrup as I had none, so I wanted to make sure I had something sweet in case the honey was a bust which it surprisingly wasn't. Oh, and I also didn't have baking powder and measured the cups with a glass because I was too lazy to look up the conversions and I do believe I have a decent eye for that. Let me just add in the fact that I do have a 1/4 cup measurement I use to feed kitty cat that I could have washed and used. That's just to show you how bootleg and lazy I am! Anyway, they turned out great, so I invite you to try this recipe sometime soon. Enjoy!