Postcards from London | Part 1

I love London. The way I feel about this city makes me feel like I’m cheating on Paris. I just can’t help it. The energy of this city is unlike any other. You’ve got the cosmopolitan buzz of a capital, … Continue reading

Claus

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Paris now has some of the most incredible breakfast places, which makes me happy because it’s my favorite meal of the day. It’s highly likely I’ll suggest a breakfast date when getting together with friends. Why do I love it … Continue reading

Ladurée

The French notion of a year follows the academic calendar. The year begins in September à la rentrée, not in January. This year is now ending; the mass exodus of Parisians and Paris-dwellers from the French capital has begun. Vacationing in … Continue reading

Basking in the Sun on the Westin Paris Terrace

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Paris in the summer is glorious. Le soleil, rosé, people-watching – I can’t think of a better way to wind down in the city than on a terrace, basking in the sunshine. There are a million and one stellar articles on … Continue reading

Your Sunday Brunch | Blueberry Pancakes

One of the best parts of having a European counterpart is getting to share the American culture with him. While I do love a hearty English breakfast (with black pudding), I have to say that I am partial toward the good ole American spread in the morning: scrambled eggs, pancakes, sausage, bacon, hash browns, coffee, and some freshly squeezed orange juice.

When I discovered that l’anglais had never tried blueberry pancakes, I knew I had to quickly change that. We found a recipe on the BBC Good Food site that seemed feasible for non-chef me and without too many froufrou ingredients. (Even though organic lemon zest does make it fancier, it really isn’t essential.)

I’m slowly making my way toward being confident in the kitchen, and having a near-chef boyfriend has proven to have its advantages in this endeavor. I’d love to include more recipes on the blog to take you with me on my cooking adventures, so we will begin with baby steps – and pancakes 🙂

The different names and brands of food products in France and England have hijacked my American vocabulary; if there’s anything that isn’t clear or is in Frenglish, please let me know. Without further ado, here are the recipe and pictures of the pancakes that were enjoyed!

Fluffy American Pancakes

(The original recipe can be found here.)

  • 200 grams of self-raising flour
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • 300 mL milk
  • knob butter
  • 150 gram pack blueberries
  • a little butter for cooking (or sunflower oil)
  • golden or maple syrup
  1. Mix together the flour, baking powder and a pinch of salt in a large bowl. Beat the egg with the milk, make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and whisk in the milk to make a thick smooth batter. Beat in the melted butter, and gently stir in half the blueberries.
  2. Heat a teaspoon of oil or small knob of butter in a large non-stick frying pan. Drop a large tablespoonful of the batter per pancake into the pan to make pancakes about 7.5 cm across. Make three or four pancakes at a time. Cook for about 3 minutes over a medium heat until small bubbles appear on the surface of each pancake, then turn and cook another 2-3 minutes until golden. Cover with kitchen paper to keep warm while you use up the rest of the batter. Serve with maple syrup and the rest of the blueberries.

Verdict: The pancakes were so good that we’ve made them twice! The second time, we learned that bigger blueberries make for moister pancakes (I know that some people hate that word, but it’s the most accurate way of describing them!), which I preferred. Lactose-intolerant friends, these pancakes are just as delicious, though less fluffy, without any milk. Soy cream or coconut milk can work as substitutes for the milk, if you’re looking for that extra bit of airiness.

Happy Pancake Making!

PatriciaParisienne xx

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Native Native Teams Up with Les Nouveaux Fromagers at Ô Chateau

There’s nothing better than a good wine and cheese night. In France, we are spoiled with some of the best of both categories. My most recent W&CN was not any ordinary evening, thanks to Native Native. Native Native, a new collective for … Continue reading