French Cherry Cake


This French clafouti is one of my favorite cakes from when I was a kid! It’s sweet and fruity with a hint of vanilla.

Cherry Cake

Here’s what you need for the recipe:

Ingredients

700g – 1400g of cherries (fresh is better, but work with what you can get.)
2 cups of flour
1 cup of brown sugar
4 eggs & 4 egg whites
1/2 liter of milk
1 whole stick of butter
2 tea spoons vanilla extract
1 pinch of salt

Set your oven to 350 degrees F, melt your butter, get a bowl out, and mix each ingredient in until smooth in the following order: start by whisking the eggs, then add a pinch of salt, the sugar, the vanilla extract, and the flour, the butter and finally the milk.

Mixing until smooth each time you add an ingredient is a tad painstaking, but it makes the overall process a lot easier (ie. you won’t be fighting a goopy mess.)

Optional: add a little butter and sugar on top.

Bake at 350 degrees F for 45 minutes, but check it after 30 minutes, then 40 to make sure it’s not burning.

Fancy & Easy French-Inspired Appetizer


My last few posts have been about recruiting so it seemed like a good time to break things up with a recipe =]

The finished product

The finished product

This one is inspired by a delicious French appetizer my mother makes with foie gras, but this is a little easier (and cheaper ;D)

What you’ll need (based on servings at Trader Joe’s):

  1. One bag of pitted, dried plums
  2. 2 packages of prosciutto
  3. 2 – 3 small goat cheeses (or 1 long loaf)
  4. Tooth picks (one box is plenty)

And now for the steps!

First, cut prosciutto in half to avoid wallet obliteration

First, cut prosciutto in half to avoid wallet obliteration

All you need to do is cut your slices of prosciutto lengthwise (hot dog style), put goat cheese inside each pitted prune, wrap the slice of prosciutto around and use a tooth pick to secure it all.

Present as you wish =]

Chocolate Pear Yogurt Cake


I decided to try out a new recipe for my boyfriend’s dad’s birthday and proceeded to make a fine mess of the whole thing.

Yum!

Here’s how to make it successfully!

First, here’s what you’ll need:

The Ingredients

  • Plain yogurt — pay very close attention to its size since it’s what you’ll be using to measure the rest of your ingredients. I used a 2lb container of Trader Joe’s Plain, Nonfat Organic yogurt. (The 2 lb container was enough for 3-4 cakes.)
  • The Recipe calls for 3 eggs, but I used 6 since my pot of yogurt was so big.
  • Use the yogurt container to measure out 3 pots of flour.
  • You’ll also need 1.5 pots of sugar.
  • The recipe mentions a “packet of baking powder” so I eyeballed 1-2 tablespoons.
  • 2-3 pears (per cake, or more!)
  • Chocolate powder (as much as you want.)
  • Butter
  • Vanilla extract
  • Lastly, use the same yogurt pot to measure out 3/4 pot of oil (I used vegetable oil.)

Directions:

  1. Measure out and mix the plain yogurt, flour, sugar, baking powder, eggs, oil and chocolate powder.
  2. This is a good time to start pre-heating your oven to 350 degrees F.
  3. Then skin the pears, take out the core, and cut into pieces (I cut mine into pieces a little larger than quarters.)
  4. On about middle-heat, candy the pears in butter. This should take about 5 minutes.
  5. Once they’re turning brown, add some powdered sugar (enough to cover all the pears with a light coating) and the vanilla extract.
  6. A minute or 2 later, your pears should be ready so add them to your dough.
  7. Prepare your cake mold: butter the bottom and sides, then add a handful of flour to the bottom to help it not stick.
  8. I put half the pears in the bottom of the mold, then added a layer of cake, and layered the rest of the pears on top. Having pears on the bottom did make it a bit tougher to serve…
  9. Once your oven is ready, put the mold (with cake and all) in. The recipe said to let it cook 25 minutes but mine took about 35 minutes. The mold I used was rather large and deep. I recommend setting your timer to 20 minutes and checking the cake every 10 minutes after (more often and you’ll lose all your heat.)
  10. The cake is ready once you can insert a knife into the center and it does not come out with chocolate goo.

And there you go! I let my cake cool before eating but this would probably be yummy warm with vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce =3

Enjoy ❤

Castle of Versailles, Part 1


I took Alex to the castle of Versailles ^^ I was born in what used to be part of the castle and grew up nearby, so I thought he’d like to visit it =] Plus, it’s one of the most beautiful places in France. Enjoy!

We entered through one of the side entrances into the park.

The gardens are huge and have several lakes, even a canal!

The Chapel Louis 14th had built. He was very pious and felt one could not put a price on worshipping God.

The ceilings were decorated with beautiful paintings.

Smoking Cigarettes is Like Sexual Abuse?


Yup, that’s the message the French association les Droits des Non Fumeurs (association of non-smokers’ rights) is passing along, and it’s causing quite a stir!

"Smoking is being a slave to tobacco."

Many people are shocked and don’t want their kids to see this. I’m not sure it’s such a bad idea though. I know this is going to sound scandalous, but the vast majority of French teenagers smoke cigarettes and we learn about new sexual abuse scandals on TV every week so it’s not like kids aren’t aware of it. Heck, it could help more of them come out and free themselves!

Yes, this campaign is meant to shock. Does it have a worthy cause? Yes. Should people revile its sexual nature? Well… they sure don’t mind seeing naked women on TV commercials selling them yogurt and movies are full of sex scenes that are way more explicit than what you see in many X-rated movies in the US so I really don’t see what the big deal is…

Here’s a quick blurb from the news for francophones

What do you think?

SoLoMo: Whoozer, the application I actually want to use


I was originally going to publish an article about Whoozer on this blog, but I thought EU Startups would be a better platform to get them more exposure and that it would be redundant to post it twice, so instead I’m giving you a link O=]

Do check it out to see what I love about their new take on SoLoMo (social, local, mobile.)

——————————————————————————————————————–Project Happy: For the first time in months (yeah, I’m a little ashamed) I went on a jog today! I ran for about 30 min to the Buttes Chaumond Park and then wandered around there for a bit before running home. It was a wonderful feeling running with the sun warming my skin =]

What about you? Feel free to share something that made you happy today!

A Sweet Last Day at Contract Live


As anyone who read my last blog post knows, Friday was my last day at Contract Live. Before I share pictures from my going-away party, I’d like to briefly explain the reason for my departure.

The short of it is that it just wasn’t the right startup for me. My bosses and I agreed that someone else would be a better match for the startup and the position, so we’re leaving on very good terms =]

This was a very interesting first experience working in France: I got a great introduction into French startups, learned a lot about how things work here, and had a very intelligent boss to learn all sorts of things from. It may not be the best place for me, but I definitely don’t perceive it as time wasted and will keep some nice memories!

So now it’s time to get back out there and look for work =] Do let me know if you hear of any Bay Area startups looking for someone to come in and help with comm., social media and e-marketing, amongst other things O=]

I’m still waiting on pictures (and videos ;D) to come in from coworkers, but here’s a sneak peak and I’ll update this post once I have everything.

I hid Kinder Surprise (Yum!) eggs all over our office for everyone to find in an early Easter celebration! There was one hidden in the printer O=D

Bowser laid an egg!

Project Happy: I have 2 moments to share from today.

1.) I had tons of fun riding on the back of a friend’s motorcycle all over Paris. We drove alongside the Seine River to go to the Eiffel Tower =]

2.) That same friend told me I seemed like an energetic, smart kid and that I’d be going places, so he’d like me to hit him up when I decide to start my own business (I’m sooo flattered he thinks I have so much potential and have what it takes to create my own startup <3)

What about you? Tell me about a nice moment you had today =]