Friday, 9 March 2012

Give Mum a treat for Mother’s Day!

 Ana Cecilia’s Coffee Cake from Grandma’s recipe
Grandma’s fame has already reached Paris – here’s the picture of Grandma’s coffee cake made in Paris by Ana Cecilia who is a fashion blogger. She’s written all about Grandma’s recipes. It’s great fun to read and a real tribute to Grandma's many talents! 

I love March as it’s Mother’s Day and also my birthday towards the end of the month so double treats! Last weekend, I got a taste of indulgence with a weekend trip to Paris. Paris has many brilliant memories for me as I used to go there every Friday from my work at a school in northern France (St Quentin). I had no lessons to teach on Fridays so I was free to travel to Paris, about an hour away by train. I loved to explore the different areas of the city.

The trip began at St Pancras International in London with a glass of bubbly in the Champagne Bar and a surprise ticket in Eurostar's  standard premier class. Quel luxe! We stayed in the Opera area, central to all points to visit.
Tres cool at the Pyramide!        
Ah.. La Tour Eiffel!  
On Saturday, we breakfasted in style at a nearby café with a freshly made ham and cheese omelette, petit pains au chocolat washed down with fresh orange juice and café au lait. Since it was all about relaxing, we took the Batobus on the river to see the sights, stopping off wherever we fancied to ramble near the Place de the Concorde, Ile de la cite and the Louvre and of course linger over Croque-messieurs and chocolats chauds  at Le Cafe Marly (the weather wasn’t too warm!). It was Paris Fashion week so we saw fashion models and photographers - ‘tres cool’! We dropped by friends of my son’s for ‘le 5 o’clock’ – a welcome tea and cake break before heading off to a bistro in the 11eme serving amazing organic food.

On Sunday we set out for Montmartre to sample the latest Parisian craze for ‘le Brunch’ and managed to get there before the queue snaked around the building. Just time to see Le Sacre Coeur and La Place du Tertre before winding our way with a stop for a final tea at the newly restored café at the Opera, before setting off back to La Gare du Nord. Formidable! 

If you want an idea for Mother’s Day at home, here’s a special Mothering Sunday Simnel Cake  which has a whole story behind it. Or have a look at the Recipes section and choose a favourite one she’ll like, buy a copy of Grandma Abson’s Traditional Baking book and bake a treat. Go on spoil your mum, she deserves  it. Bon appétit!

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