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Update: the comment above Katy's was deleted. I believe it was a troll, given a string a strange comments left by the same ail address. Sorry for any confusion. Thank you Katy and Catherine for your comments.
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Thank you, Robert, for your kind words about my story. They are appreciated and so are you. Regarding the corrections I receive, these follow a request I mention at the blog: *All edits welcome and so helpful.* Thanks again to all who submit edits, and very sorry for any misunderstanding.
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Thank you, chère Claudette. I often make the *apostrophe before s* mistake, and do not catch it when reviewing my post. This helps. Thank you.
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L'Ile Verte. The green island, here in La Ciotat, for a peaceful image to begin today's post. Today's Word: chercher ses mots* : to be at a loss for words *I settled on this "word of the day" following the struggle in writing a story in these sad, scary, and emotionally-charged times. Thank you for reading with open hearts. A DAY IN A FRENCH LIFE by Kristi Espinasse In the parking lot at Aldi I was loading our groceries, Mom's, then mine, into our car, when I saw two familiar faces. It was the funny duo behind us in the checkout line. Turning to the brothers (who were twins?), I smiled: Je voulais vous remercier pour votre bonne humeur. Ça fait du bien--surtout en ce moment. I hope they understood my French, and my appreciation for their funny commentary back in line, when they were snapping each other's face masks and reminding one another to keep at a safe distance from the next customer. They were regular Laurel and Hardys in the age of coronavirus! The short, gray-haired men, so full of antics back in the store, suddenly grew shy, in a French version of Aw, Shucks! "Well," one of... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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Thank you, Janine 💕
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Margaret, Many thanks for catching those rogue accents. 😂 Going to fix them now.
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The sign near the beach reads "SOS Lost Jewelry in the water." Here in La Ciotat, there's another place where people lose things... and it also has to do with water! Learn a handy expression in today's vocabulary-packed story! Today's word: sur-le-champ ​: at once, immediately, right away Audio: listen to Jean-Marc read the following definition: Une riposte c'est une réponse vive, instantanée, faite à un interlocuteur action qui répond sur le champ. A riposte is a lively, instant reply, made to an interlocutor [often one who has just asked a question] for an on-the-spot response. A DAY IN A FRENCH LIFE by Kristi Espinasse After packing un panier-repas for my husband's lunch, feeding the hens, and working on a chapter for our book, I knew if I didn't pause to eat something I would quickly turn into an LSB--a Low Blood-Sugared Zombie! (Do you know the feeling?) Funny, LSB also stands for "Low Surface Brightness Galaxy" which could explain our brainpower when we run out of fuel... It could also explain the inversion of letters, above, but we're sticking with LSB--for consistency! For le petit déjeuner, I was preparing a kiwi, an orange, and a baguette with beurre de... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2020 at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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Given Mothers Day is celebrated on different dates across the globe, I will take this moment to wish all caregivers a Joyeuse Fête! Photo: the tidy side of our garden. We'll talk about the weeds--and a mother's needs--in the following story. Today's Word: Langue de belle-mère (f) : party blower literal translation: "mother-in-law's tongue" (photo below) Audio file: Click here and listen to three featured words in the following sentence, read by Jean-Marc Une langue de belle-mère, aussi appelé sans-gêne, est un accessoire de cotillon utilisé dans les occasions festives. C'est un tube en papier (parfois en plastique) avec souvent tout du long une bande en plastique ou en métal souple, aplati et enroulé en spirale, muni d'un bec en plastique avec une anche ou plus rarement un sifflet. En soufflant dans le bec, le tube se déroule et l'anche émet alors un son caractéristique. A mother-in-law's tongue, also called without shame, is a party favor used on festive occasions. It is a paper tube (sometimes plastic) with a long a plastic or flexible metal band, flattened and wound in a spiral, including a plastic beak with a reed or on rare occasions a whistle. By blowing into the spout,... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2020 at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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Photo of our dear golden, Smokey Today's Word: respirer : to breathe, inhale Click here to listen to the French quote below: Respirer Paris, cela conserve l'âme. Breathe in, Paris, it conserves the soul. --Victor Hugo A DAY IN A FRENCH LIFE by Kristi Espinasse ​While preparing a plateau de fromages for today's lunch, I was surprised to see the refrigerated cheese now wore a fuzzy white coat: the Comté, the Saint-Félicien--even the bûche de chèvre--all were covered in velours blanc! "It's still mangeable," my son assured me, taking a bite to prove his point. "Here, hand me that!" I said, carefully cutting off the mold. "I thought this glass​​ Tupperware was a good idea for conserving cheese," I said to Max, who stood nearby, preparing pasta. (Linguines au Citron et Saumon Fumé. It was delicious with the finely minced leaves from the lime tree!) "Cheese needs to breathe," my son explained. Mais bien sûr! It was an aha moment, one that returned later in the hour... After lunch, I went to lie down but was kept from resting after a few worries trotted through my mind: there was the weekly blog post I failed to complete, and there were... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2020 at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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Hello Bill, Thank you for your kind words. Prends soin de toi. Take care of yourself.
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Hi Stephanie, Good question. I am not completely sure of the answer. We pre-baked the pastry each time, even for the asparagus tart which hardly had any cream filling.
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Hi Nancy, Good to see your note about the tomato tart! Re overcooking the tart, it is a good idea to keep your eye on the crust during both stages, while precooking and then cooking with the filling. Yes, we did have a tart or two that came out nearly burned...just nearly! So be extra careful when precooking not to overcook. The pie shell should be slightly golden and firm. Note: you will want to precook the shell completely through for pies that do not require cooking, as in the strawberry pie we made.
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Thank you, chère Natalia (and Chris, who wrote a similar encouraging note). What a compliment! Writing a cookbook seems extra daunting--all the weights, measures, timings to check and re-check and get just right! For now, I will keep sharing food in these posts. You can count on a recipe here and there, when we have eaten or made something delicious. 💕
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Nancy, So happy to see your note about the 4-ingredient bread! Merci. 💕 For those who would like to make this bread, click this link and scroll down the page, to the recipe: https://www.french-word-a-day.com/2019/09/un-coup-de-bol-le-creuset-no-knead-bread-recipe.html
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I can tell you--after seeing them in the bathroom mirror this morning--this shortcrust pastry recipe will give you les poignées d'amour. That's French for "love handles." Même pas peur? Not even scared? Good! Read on and discover a truly delicious and versatile pâte brisée. I should know...I've tested 10 of them in the past week--ever since you asked for the recipe! Today's Word: la pâte brisée : shortcrust pastry, a rich dough for making pie crust Audio: Listen to the words pâte brisée in this soundfile En cuisine, la pâte brisée est une pâte servant de base aux tartes salées ou sucrées. La pâte brisée désigne généralement une pâte composée principalement de farine et de matière grasse sans sucre. In cooking, shortcrust pastry is a dough used as a base for savory or sweet pies. Shortcrust pastry generally refers to a dough composed mainly of flour and fat, without sugar. Jérôme's Pâte Brisée: 4-ingredient Shortcrust Pastry (makes one large or two small tarts!) Ingredients... 2 cups flour 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 cup white wine 1/2 cup sunflower oil Note: ordinary white wine is all you need. Leftover wine will work as long as it hasn't turned to vinegar. For... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2020 at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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Thanks, Chris. It is a joy to see your comment, which revives the archives!
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Richard, Thanks for fourre-tout. Great term!
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Thanks, Sarah, for catching the typo. Off to fix it.
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Up till now, the best part of our cafoutche was the view. More about a few sweet and savory projects in today's missive. Thank you for reading and sharing this post with a friend! Today's Word: cafoutche : storage room, cupboard AUDIO FILE: click here to listen to the following quote in French Cafoutche: De l’occitan cafoucho synonyme de cahute. A Marseille il désigne un petit placard où l’on met de tout et de rien. Peut désigner la cave, aussi bien qu’une petite pièce fermée ou un débarras. Cafoutche: from Occitan cafoucho synonymous with hut. In Marseille this designates a small closet where you put everything and nothing. May refer to the cellar, as well as a small closed room or storage room. --www.lasardineduport.fr A DAY IN A FRENCH LIFE by Kristi Espinasse Not only is our guest on the mend, she is mending! Helping, that is, to fix everything from a punctual petit creux to our unruly store room--insisting all the while, ça fait du bien de travailler. What a positive way to look at work--as something that makes us feel better! I know this is true with my writing which I often put off to a later date,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2020 at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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Susan, I am so sorry for your niece. I hope she is doing ok. Sending all good wishes.
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Thank you, Classis, and Natalia. I appreciate everybodys notes and thoughts. It means a lot. 🌞
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Kate, Thanks for reaching out. So happy to have you with us. 💕
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Thanks, Chris. She is doing much better. 💕💕
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A gift from our guest: dried cyclamen, a ballet of expressive flowers! Today's Expression: Prenez soin de vous : take care of yourself (plural: yourselves) Audio file: Click here to listen to today's phrase in French and English A DAY IN A FRENCH LIFE by Kristi Espinasse Someone close to us, someone young and strong, had an accident--une chute while alone at home-- followed by a trip to ER for some points! The emotional and physical scars are there, but our bien-aimé is here with us now and will stay in time to recover from the choc. Today's short entry is a reminder to you and me to continue to check in with those who are living alone. Which of our friends are on their own? Which family members? Which colleagues? Have you seen the post lady lately? Big, strong, young? Grand, fort, jeune? Don't forget to check on these ones! Check on everyone. Self-check. Vérifie! I am off to check on our guest, who somehow managed--between the ER and here--to pack a bunch of goodies for us to share at the table: gingembre, poireaux, citrons, oranges--les agrumes--which have since been added to soup and put into a simple cake.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2020 at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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