This restaurant gets straight to the point. They’re a chicken shop. They sell chicken and four sides. It’s amazing. Anyone who has ever felt overwhelmed by having too many choices in their life will love this restaurant. Your options … Continue reading
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
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
- 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.
- 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!
I work best at my many coffices (coffee shop + office). The best part about being a coffice girl is that you can find one in every city! As you know, some of my favorites in Paris are Kozy, Loustic, and the … Continue reading
This past weekend was spent in England, where we had this year’s most beautiful day yet. It felt like spring had arrived! We went to the Leamington Jephson Gardens to soak in the sun and see the newly-bloomed flowers. The … Continue reading
One of the many glorious perks of living and studying in Paris is the amount of vacation we have. They have the work hard-play hard balance down. At the moment, we are on les vacances d’hiver, aka it’s time for our … Continue reading
Paris is my muse and my home, but as you know, England is becoming my second home in Europe. I fall more in love with the country with every visit, and as you browse through this photo diary of our … Continue reading
Perfection. The designs of Oscar de la Renta are stunningly feminine, with eye-catching colors and soft silhouettes. They compliment a woman’s figure. They are ageless and classic. For me, Oscar de la Renta is elegance defined. The variety of materials … Continue reading
Jenny Lewis! Thank you so much to everyone who entered the giveaway and a big merci to Sweet Tayloula for their box of sweets! Have a wonderful rest of your week, loves! xx PatriciaParisienne
I’ve read about this English sensation for ages. They’ve been around by 2006, when friends Victoria Jossel and Romy Lewis began selling cupcakes from their homes. A smash hit, they moved to a Primrose Hill commercial kitchen, and after a … Continue reading
“I want candy!” That’s all you can think when you walk into Sweet Tayloula, the sweet new addition to Royal Leamington Spa. Co-founders, as well as mother and daughter, Louise & Tayla had been making sweet bouquets and cake pops … Continue reading
To celebrate the start of The Ashes, today’s blog post is about the ICC Champions Trophy 2013 England versus Australia match that the Englishman and I attended. My first and only cricket match thus far, the experience was quite a … Continue reading
It’s officially wedding season! The Englishman and I had the absolute pleasure of attending the nuptials of the gorgeous Philippa and dashing James. In the weeks leading up to the ceremony, I was told it would be a very traditional … Continue reading
I flew to the south of France via England and enjoyed an absolutely gorgeous day there. One of the best times to visit the home of Kate Middleton is when the weather begins to warm up, allowing for evening drinks on pub terraces and jumper-less outings. Summer in the UK means a few things: the return of shorts and summer dresses, outdoor tanning, barbecues, music festivals, Wimbledon, and, of course, Pimm’s.
Pimm’s, the UK’s favorite summer drink, is delicious. Along with champagne, it is the staple drink at Wimbledon, the Henley Royal Regatta, and the Glyndebourne Festival Opera, as well as a fixture at polo matches. The gin and fruit-based cocktail drink is a true English tradition.
If you have the pleasure of visiting England this summer, make sure to enjoy a glass (or pitcher) of Pimm’s!
I just love the Royal Couple.
I just watched an interview before they got married, and they seem so happy together. Will looks to be such a sweet guy, and Kate, oh man, don’t even get me started. I would loveee to have coffee with her some day! Kate Middleton is one of my style crushes along with Kate Hudson. It must be said that her pregnancy style is by far the most stunning out of all of the starlets that are expecting little ones. Elegant and classic, as always.
To my favorite royal couple, happy second anniversary! So looking forward to the royal baby in a few months!
I was blown away by six-year old Terra, aka “Bgirl Terra.” She competed in and won the “Baby Battle” portion of the 2013 Chelles Battle Pro breakdance competition held in Paris on March 2.
Watch this jaw-dropping video of these two talented kids dance-battling it out in style. You’re making England proud, Terra!
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After a fabulous birthday weekend in England, my 25th birthday, a week of hibernation due to sickness, and a cold week in Paris, I am back on the blog and working on posts to share some beautiful places and images with you.
Wishing you a fantastic Friday and an incredible weekend!
The birthplace of Shakespeare
So, this week’s blog posts are all about England, since I cannot wait to be back in the land of the Spice Girls, Harrod’s, Harry Potter, Kate Middleton, and, of course, my Englishman! We visited the picturesque town of Stratford-upon-Avon after Christmas (hence the decorations in some pictures); I absolutely loved it!
Apart from the town’s obvious claim to fame, there are plenty of things to see. Stratford is small, walkable, and full of sights and monuments to discover, some of which include the pub that has been serving ale since 1594 (!!!), a fabulous Peter Rabbit store, and the Royal Shakespeare Company Theater. The theater’s nearby river area looks like a scene in a J.M.W. Turner painting. Being there is a surreal experience, almost as if you were transported back to Olde England. Surrounded by English people and their gorgeous accents with a pint in hand, overlooking the river, and with the best company a girl could ask for, my experience in Stratford was exceptional, to say the least.
Located in Warwickshire county, Stratford-upon-Avon is on the River Avon, 22 miles southeast of Birmingham and 8 miles southwest of Warwick.
How to get here
The train from London to Stratford takes about two hours from either London Marleybone or Euston stations. You can find more details on the UK National Rail website. If you’re planning a trip to the Midlands, make sure to check out Blenheim Palace, the Cotswolds and Warwick Castle, all of which are in the surrounding counties of Oxfordshire, Worcestershire, and Gloucestershire. For more information on Stratford, visit the official city tourist guide.
Royal Shakespeare Company Theatre
The Royal Shakespeare Company Theatre has a fabulous Spring and Summer 2013 season that includes: Hamlet, The Icebook, The Winter’s Tale, The Empress, As You Like It, A World My Masters, Titus Andronicus, All’s Well That Ends Well, Candide, and Antony and Cleopatra. After the show, head over to the Dirty Duck pub, grab a pint, and mingle with the actors.
Who can resist a perfect Burberry piece?
London Fashion Week has just wrapped up, and browsing through the collections, I was mesmerized by the twists that Burberry has put on their trademark item, the trench. The varieties of color, fabric, and texture really made the collection stand out. I would absolutely love to stop by the Regent Street store and pick up any one of these classic models!
Tomorrow, I’ll be writing about London’s hottest new concept bar. Hint: it’s fast!
121 Regent St, London W1S 4TB
All images courtesy of Vogue.co.uk
What is an English breakfast?
You hear about Continental breakfasts, American breakfasts, petit dejeuner, but what is an English breakfast? A novice but very curious student of all things English, I finally had my first English breakfast. John and I went to The Mashed Swedes Cafe in Royal Leamington Spa, an adorable little eatery in town. What we had was delicious.
A traditional, or full, English breakfast consists of the following items: fried eggs, bacon, sausages, fried red tomatoes, baked beans, fresh salted mushrooms, fried or roast potatoes, with the options of black pudding, fried bread, or toasted and buttered bread. To drink, we had the option of tea or coffee and an orange juice. The Mashed Swedes Cafe serves breakfast all day, as do many establishments that have this on the menu.
According to Market Kitchen, there are 40 or so interchangeable ingredients to a full British and Irish breakfast! There are also different versions of the meal, depending on where in the UK you have it. There are Cornish, Scottish, Irish, Welsh, and Ulster Fry alternatives, which incorporate regional foods into the breakfast. Fun fact: In Ireland, this full breakfast is also known as a “Chub.”
This meal, though extremely tasty, is not for the small-stomached, the faint-hearted (black pudding is actually a type of sausage made by dried pig’s blood with a filler), or for anyone on a diet. However, if you want to treat yourself to a hearty, traditional English meal, I highly recommend this delicious breakfast.
When in England, do as the English do.
The Mashed Swedes Cafe
39 Russell Street
01926 430 599
Follow them on Twitter at @MashedSwedes