Tuesday, November 30, 2004


Today a friend from my French class invited me over for a tiramisu preparation lesson. My father is Italian and his mother lived in our house when I was growing up. I feel like I'm a pretty decent cook of Italian food. However, one thing I've never made is tiramisu. It was so easy and delicious! She also showed me how to make a salad of Magret de Canard/duck and green beans and pasta with broccoli. It's always helpful for me to see how other people cook. The duck salad is nothing I would have ever dreamed of but it was very easy to make and would really impress out of town guests. Here is a picture of the Tiramisu -- the picture doesn't do it justice.

It was the first time to this friend's apartment. The apartment was huge... I think I counted 6 bedrooms and three toilets. That is big by most standards. It was a very typical Parisian apartment. In the good old days, everyone with an apartment this size would have a maid. The maid's bedroom and the kitchen would be off to one end of the apartment while the family living quarters would be at the other end. This apartment was more impressive than most.... the hall from the dining room to the kitchen was 35 meters long -- that is 115 feet. You never want to forget the salt and pepper in the kitchen, that's for sure.

My son is standing over my shoulder reading this blog entry. Even though he's seven it still flips me out that he can read. Last year he learned to read in French. This year he is reading English. He's smiling as he reads this. It's a great thing.

-- said Auntie M in Paris
8:48 PM



Don't you feel proud as a parent how well you have raised your child - it's those wonderful events like that (him reading in French etc.) that tell you "hey I guess I'm raising him okay...". And he is biingual!!

Wonderful site, enjoy reading it from San Francisco.

# posted by Anonymous : 3:32 PM  

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# posted by Anonymous : 3:39 PM  

This person has 6 bedrooms and they still cook? If I could afford 6 bedrooms in Paris, I don't know if I would be doing much cooking.

My cousin's Italian wife made tiramisu from scratch for my family one Thanksgiving. It was incredible.

While I am happy for your son, I am also jealous, because I am sure his French would blow mine away. He is a lucky kid for learning both languages so early. He will really appreciate it later.


# posted by Anonymous : 5:06 PM  

A - Thank you for your comment. I am proud of my son and daughter. I think most parents do the best they can and many days I really hope that is enough for my children!
Jason - Yes, this woman cooks, but she doesn't clean. She has two women help clean for 5 hours every day. Her husband is a diplomat and he gets paid money every month to host dinners and the such. Pas mal!

# posted by Auntie M in Paris : 5:15 PM  

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