WIAW – Birthday weekend

Yummy weekend, filled with birthdays and birthday cakes !


Breakfast is always the same : pumpkin pancakes, almond butter and half a banana. Big cup of black coffee. Pancakes were made fresh Saturday morning. I make a big batch and freeze them. They last me all week.

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I made a very yummy lunch. The recipe was Cauliflower rice, from the 21 Day Sugar Detox cookbook. I used curry instead of the spices they recommended, but it came out great and VERY easy to make. Grate the cauliflower, cooked in coconut oil, with a ton of curry and cilantro, onions and garlic. My husband and daughter loved it. Had it with roasted butternut squash covered in cinnamon and salmon. Actually had this meal twice – I always make enough for leftovers.

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Had half a piece of cheese cake. Believe it or not, you can get fantastic cheesecake in Paris ! There is a small bakery called “She’s Cake”, a two minute walk from my hairdresser. www.shescake.fr.  They have a ton of choices, but I picked cappuccino.

Also went out to lunch for my birthday at one of my favorite restaurants. Risotto and sea bass with a nice glass of Chablis. Forgot to take a picture of the appetizer that I split with my daughter and dessert, Profiteroles (pastry puffs filled with vanilla ice cream and covered in hot chocolate) !



Birthday weekend, yes, I had two big desserts and loved every minute of it !


What is your favorite dessert ? Do you save it for special occasions ?

Comments: 4

  1. Cara Littlefield January 23, 2014 at 12:52 pm Reply

    In France, do you generally have a larger meal at lunch noon rather than in the evening? I noticed on your last WIAW you had a lovely, very balanced meal at noon, and then the crepes for dinner. Which of course, also looked lovely, but seemed more, I don’t know, “lunchy” from an American point of view.

    I’d love to hear sometime about the amount of time you in particular and the French in general spend preparing food, and whether you sense that is different from Americans. Are you as a family all sitting down together to eat? I’m impressed with these lunches you are preparing, especially being so busy doing your week’s errands and celebrating birthdays.

    • Karen - French Inspiration January 23, 2014 at 4:21 pm Reply

      Hi Cara, thanks for your note ! I think every family is different in terms of meals, but for me, we usually have a decent meal both at lunch and in the dinner. Breakfast is lighter and in between meal eating is limited. On the weekend we always have a “big” meal both Saturday and Sunday, as well as in the evening. That is because my husband has always had big meals. If it is just the girls & I, once in a while we will have sandwiches and or soup, but we like to eat protein and a hot meal, so often that means a “bigger” meal than the US.

      We always sit down together to eat, unless my husband or I am out in the evening for work or PTA. Always. Its the time I connect most with my kids.

      I find preparing food is all about planning. I think of 2 or 3 big meals that I cook on the weekend, then we eat the left overs for the next few days. Come Wed. or Thursday, I will find something in the freezer – frozen hamburgers with pasta, frozen veggies, or some kind of quiche or egg meal. Always to try have something in the house I can easily cook up.

  2. Effie February 4, 2014 at 12:30 am Reply

    Karen – please share the recipe for cauliflower rice – looks good!

    • Karen - French Inspiration February 4, 2014 at 9:46 am Reply

      Hi Effie. It is from the 21 day sugar detox cookbook. I have adapted it somewhat but will see how I can share as it is the work of someone else. Will come back to you in a couple days.

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