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Sisterhood

“Sisters are different flowers from the same garden.”

~ Anonymous

Eva & Sarah, my sisters are such an inspiration.

When I first talked about launching my own online tutoring business, my sisters Eva and Sarah, were my cheerleaders. They encouraged me and urged me to make it a reality. Eva is a mom of three lovely children who is homeschooling them and a blogger too. Despite her busy schedule being mom of three and writing her blog, she created a fantastic brochure and put together my website. Thanks to my sister Sarah I now have a beautiful logo which was designed by a good friend of hers. I now have an online presence, brochure and an amazing logo.

I’m blessed to have such amazing and talented sisters.

Please visit and follow Eva’s blog Parenting Freestyle.

My sister Sarah has an online business selling unique handcrafted earrings called Colour Me Wild on Instagram.

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Thank you John

“Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.”

Anais Nin

John Luker is a blessed and wonderful friend, a creative genius with a generous heart. I met him through his sister Maria and his wonderful wife Ethel (who passed away last December and is with the Lord. She was a beautiful soul.)

John and I were casually chatting when I mentioned by struggles with my site Voila Français. I did not know of his interests in designing sites nor of his amazing skills. He took a look at my site and selflessly helped me to revamp it. Words cannot express my gratitude. He was truly God sent. He transformed my site from a caterpillar form to a beautiful butterfly. Thank you John.

John has a wonderful blog called “Eat Luv Live“. It shares his journey with healthy eating, loving, and living. Please do visit his site.

Croissant

Ah! A croissant!

That simply delicious flaky cresent shaped pastry made with butter…

I don’t know who doesn’t love a good croissant. For breakfast , lunch or just a munch.

One word association for French will immediately bring to mind the croissant.

Did you know that the croissant is not really a french invented bread?

History reveals that this pastry originated in Austria but the French adopted is as their own by tweaking the recipe and making it with puffed pastry.

I don’t want to begin a debate on it’s origins.

Let’s all agree to simply enjoy this tasty pastry and make a mental toast to whoever first made the croissant. Compliments to the chef!

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Ratatouille

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Ratatouille. What image comes to mind when you hear this word?

A lot of us are familiar with this dish. Either we have had the gastronomical treat of tasting this wonderful dish that originated in Nice and is a scrumptious vegetable stew. Or else we have been captivated with the Pixar production called Ratatouille that was released by Walt Disney Pictures.

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For those who have not watched the movie, do go and watch it. It is a lot of laughs and a lot of fun. It follows the story of a rat names Remy who aspires to becomes chef. Remy through a series of hilarious incidents befriends a restaurant garbage guy named Linguini. At some point in the film ,Remy guides Linguini and ends up making the most exquisite version of Ratatouille. Well, I wont tell you anymore or add any spoilers in here. Watch the film!

Ratatouille.

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The ratatouille has been deconstructed and prepared and served in so many different ways but the ingredients have not changed. The ratatouille is made using tomato, courgette, aubergine, bell pepper, garlic, onion and herbs. The word “ratatouille” in it’s origin derivative form means to “stir up”. Simply put, the ratatouille is a Provençal vegetable stew. If you are a perfectionist in the kitchen then you will agree with the purists who believe that each vegetable must shine and its unique flavor must be tasted when preparing this dish.

As mentioned before there are many variations of this dish that are prepared. If you enjoy cooking , then this a dish you simply must try to prepare. Bon Appetit!

Mille-feuille

There is no better way to bring people together than with desserts.

Gail Simmons

One of my favorite French dessert is the mille-feuille.

Mille-feuille means a thousand sheets. This special dessert is made using puff pastry layered with pastry cream.

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This dish is made with three layers of puff pastry and layers of crème pâtissière or custard.  The top pastry layer can be sprinkled with powdered sugar or covered with fondant or you have chocolate and cream icing.

There are many variations of the mille-feuille. The most well know variation is called the Napoléan.

Some chefs even make savoury versions of the mille-feuille.

If you ever visit a French cafe or pastry shop, do try out the mille-feuille.

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Bienvenue à Paris

Bienvenue à Paris, les filles sont si jolies
Welcome to the city we’re glad to know you’re here
Bienvenue à Paris la fête n’est pas finie
Welcome to the city it’s nice to see you here

Bill bAXTER

Bienvenue à Paris is a very interesting song that was released in 1987 by the band Bill Baxter collaborating with Tippa Irie.

The band members of Bill Baxter were Joe Cool, Louis Primo and Bo Gesture.

The song welcomes you to Paris and takes you on a little tour and mentions some very interesting sites from Champs-Elysées to the Tour Eiffel. And we also hear mentions of things that we truly associate with Paris from bread dipped in butter, the French cancan, the French taxi to Cartier jewellery.

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A super friendly and super peppy number that takes you to Paris and back and encourages you to visit the city.

Aux Champs-Elysées

Aux Champs-Elysées, aux Champs-Elysées

Au soleil, sous la pluie, à midi ou à minuit

Il y a tout ce que vous voulez aux Champs-Elysées

Joe Dassin

This wonderful song sung by Joe Dassin and written by Pierre Delanoë, Mike Wilsh, Mike Deighan truly captured the essence of Champs-Elysées.

For those of you who have never heard this song, do listen to it.

What is special about ‘Les Champs-Elysées’? It is one of the best attractions in Paris. It is an Avenue that runs between Place de la Concorde and Place Charles de Gaulle, where you will find the Arc de Triomphe.

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This beautiful avenue is a busy commercial place. It attracts visitors both night and day. You will find a large number of international fashion brand stores and businesses set up here.

Christmas time will see the avenue  lit up with holiday lights.

14th July( sometimes referred to as Bastille day) is a big occasion. The military parade passes down Les Champs-Elysées.

Did you know that since 1975,it has been the finishing destination of the Tour de France?

As Joe Dassin sings, ‘At Champs-Elysées, at Champs-Elysées, In sunshine, in rain, at midday or midnight. You will find whatever you need at Champs-Elysées’. The allure of Champs-Elyées is certainly worth the visit.

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