It’s been so hard for me to not be able to bake in Paris, and I honestly miss it everyday. Luckily I’m in Paris so there are a million baked goods to buy that are far better than anything I could make myself.
A month ago I bought a convection on Amazon and had it shipped here, which basically cost a small fortune. I’m an idiot and didn’t realize that the voltage in France is very different. It blew out the electricity and our heat as soon as I turned it on, and it promptly broke on the spot. So not only have I not been able to bake but we have also been without heat for three weeks. Our landlord really likes us…. psych.
Since I don’t want to buy yet another convection oven I think I’m going to stick to no-bake desserts. Get ready for a lot of versions of fudge because that’s the best no bake dessert ever.
- 9 oz. white chocolate
- 9 oz. milk chocolate
- 1 (14 oz.) can Sweetened Condensed Milk
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 3 cups (about 20 cookies) Oreos, crushed
- Line an 8×8 inch pan with parchment paper, leaving an overhang on both sides. Set aside.
- On a double boiler, melt chocolate with sweetened condensed milk and salt.
- Remove from heat and add cookies.
- Pour in prepared pan and chill for 2 hours. Remove from pan. Cut into squares.
This weekend my room mates and I traveled to Brussels to visit our sorority sister. I wanted to be in Brussels around Valentines day so I could drown my sorrows of being alone in the world’s best chocolate. (Glen had to stay in Prague so I couldn’t spend the week with him). Pretty much a few hours into our trip I had a sugar over load. So mission accomplished, right? The city was beautiful and the waffles, frites and beer all lived up to my impossibly high expectations.
Although you couldn’t tell based on my blog, sometimes (okay, rarely) I eat food that doesn’t contain sugar. To prove it I decided to document my recent trip to the famed falafel restaurant, L’as du Fallfel. I have had many people tell me it was a must have in Paris and I read a yelp review that claimed they waited 90 minutes in line for one and it was worth it. In my opinion nothing is worth that wait, but I admire your stamina Rachelle W.
There was no line when I went luckily because I was starved. I couldn’t even walk the two blocks to my apartment before unwrapping the foil and digging in.
This pita really is delicious (especially the roasted eggplant which easily elevates it above Roti). It also feels so much healthier than the gyros we have been living on. With the fried chickpeas nestles between shredded cabbage and tomatoes, this is the closest I’ve come to having a salad in Paris.
It’s definitely worth the trip (although probably not over 1 hour in line). It’s a huge amount of food for five euros so don’t forget to go hungry!
This weekend was filled with tourist activities from exploring (or just getting intimidated by) the beautiful shops on Champ Elysees, to visiting Versailles. Despite the bad weather both were incredibly enjoyable and it was so nice to have friends visiting, who motivated us to explore the city we are so lucky to live in.
Yesterday I had the biggest chocolate craving and after fishing all the chocolate flakes out of my Special K, I decided I should just splurge for the real thing. For the ultimate indulgence I went to the chocolatier that used to make sweets for Marie Antoinette. Can’t get fancier than that. I tried the Earl Grey, honey chocolate, caramel white chocolate and creme brulee. The creme brulee was by far the best: so flavorful and rich. After eating all of these and the multiple samples (that I took despite the accusing eyes of the women working there) my chocolate craving was satisfied, at least for the day.
The beginning of the week I made a trip to see Glen in Grenoble. Glen was skiing there with his family and it is only a three hour train ride away from Paris. Definitely the perfect excuse to skip two days of school. Although since I only take three classes I didn’t miss much (going abroad is the best, am I right?). Basically it was two days of intense binge eating… so…. sorry I’m not sorry for all the truffle pictures.