Thursday, December 23, 2010


Sweet and sour
A ninety-year-old French friend and excellent cook, who has a taste for luxury coupled with a penchant for being economical, gave me her wintry recipe for an apple and onion purée. It's uncomplicated and makes a tasty, inexpensive accompaniment for poultry, fowl or pork. Think of including it in your holiday menus when you have a crowd to serve and need extra side dishes ; it can be prepared a day or two in advance, stored in the refrigerator, then reheated.

So simple 
Chop an equal quantity of yellow onions and peeled, cored red apples. (According to my frisky friend who has experimented with different sorts of apples and onions, it's best to stick with yellow onions and red apples to maintain balance.) Sauté onions until soft and translucent in one tablespoon of butter and one tablespoon of olive oil in a large sauté pan. Do not brown. Add apples, stir occasionally and cook, covered, over low heat until fondant or melting. Salt lightly according to taste. Mash either by hand or in a blender or food processor to make a smooth purée.

L'oignon fait la force!
The citation is actually "l'union fait la force" (united we stand).

Text & photos ©2010 P.B.Lecron

Friday, December 3, 2010


I hadn't ever really thought about it until I heard a young French woman the other day say "j'ai googlisé" (I googled), but it makes perfect sense that the "google" neologism would wind up being conjugated like any other French verb.

The French have as much fun saying the word as we do. Here it is in the present tense:

googliser: to google             present participle: googlisant

je googlise: I google
tu googlises:  you google
il, elle, on googlise: he, she, one googles

nous googlisons: we google
vous googlisez: you google
ils, elles goolisent: they google

Text & photo ©2010 P.B.Lecron

Thursday, December 2, 2010


Feminine, feline and oh so French...
These Parisian cats you have to look for to find, unlike the big yellow and grinning Cheshires of Franco-Swiss pop street artist, Thoma Vuille...

This is a postscript to an earlier post, The Feminine Miss.Tic.

Text & photos © 2010 P.B.Lecron


In the Parisian area it's rare to have snow before all the leaves have fallen from the trees...More unusual still is to see leaves laden with snow sailing down to the ground.

©2010 P.B.Lecron

Wednesday, December 1, 2010


Kicky picks from my photo library
Unless you're a grumpy person, it's sort of fun to happen onto one of the top first-generation Parisian street artist's paintings. Would you recognize works by any of these names : Jef Aérosol, Miss.Tic, Jérome Mesnager, Speedy Graphito, Mosco et Associés, and Nemo?  

Click on photos to enlarge them.

See preceding four posts to learn more about these artists and Parisian street art.
Text & photos © 2010 P.B.Lecron