When India Meets France
This is the fifth post in a series on the French-themed trip I took this summer. I’m not yet over Paris (and never will be), but for now I’ll take you on a side trip to Réunion, a French colony in the Indian Ocean, where we spent the earlier part of our trip. This story is a lesson in linguistic and cultural confusion. But it all works out, in a tasty way, in the end. In case you missed them, read my earlier posts on how I became such a Francophile, come along on a Parisian food tour inspired by David Lebovitz, see me try out his recipe for pain d’épices au chocolat, read my homage to lovely Montmartre, and see the Space Invaders in Paris.
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One of the best sentences to come out of my daughters’ mouths was uttered a few days after our return from our five week trip. We were in a grocery, and I asked an employee for some help. ”Wow, Mama,” ma fille ainée said, “It sounds so strange to hear you speak English.”
That brought a big smile to my face. I used to be so proud of my French speaking ability. In junior high, I even received a trophy in some (probably obscure) national contest for American learners of French. But that was a very long time ago, and even at the peak of my abilities, I never had a chance to test out my language skills with the natives. I should have prepared more before my French-themed trip, but I only had time to listen to language CDs in the car, which gave me some degree of confidence and a chance to practice my pronunciation (albeit to my empty car). As anyone who has been in this situation knows, it is a different story in the real world. Actual real, live people don’t speak as slowly, clearly, or as typiquement as you are taught in the textbooks or on language programs.
4 oz plain Greek yogurt (about 1/2 cup)
8 servings of Laughing Cow (this is one round container, as it is typically sold in the grocery)
2 pinches of sugar
2 pinches of yeast
2 pinches of salt
One tablespoon oil
1/2 cup hot water
1. Place flour in a bowl, make a well in the center, pour the oil into the well, and mix well.
2. Add yeast, sugar, salt and yogurt and mix into the dough, then add water.
3. Knead into a ball of dough, then coat with oil. Knead again until the dough is soft, then let it rise in a warm place for 3 to 4 hours.
-Linda, Spicebox Travels
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