dimanche 7 septembre 2008
comfort food. American comfort food. American fall comfort food.

This time of the year, my thoughts turn to:

Banana bread
gingerbread cookies
pumpkin pie
apple pie
hot apple cider
halloween candy

Are you getting the general idea? It is all I can think about. Something about the weather, planning on going to Colorado for Christmas, etc etc.

I might even try my hand at making some of the above, if I can ever find all of the ingredients.
Questions for those living in France:
Is shortening Fruit d'or for example?
can brown sugar be found? (and not just sugar that is brown?)
Does pâte sablée really taste like pie crust to you (because to me it tastes different).

Fall is always the hardest time for me as far as homesickness is concerned. I never was a big Fall-lover back in the US. Yes, the leaves are pretty. Yes it is nice to have Halloween and Thanksgiving, blah blah blah.
I would have always have said that I was a Spring Gal.
But now I miss stuff like hot apple cider and knowing that football games are on (even if I don't give a flying patoie who is playing or why or when) and Halloween decorations, etc.
At least we are planning on going home for Christmas. (once I get over the price-shock and actually grit my teeth and order the tickets. Wow prices have gone up in 2 years!)

10 commentaires:

Ksam a dit…

I don't know about shortening, but brown sugar can definitely be found. I buy the "Béghin Say Saveur Vergeoise" sugar, and as long as you get the "Brune" kind and not the vanilla, it's a pretty darn good brown sugar substitute!

Betty Carlson a dit…

There is not shortening in France, as far as I can tell. I just always replaced it with something like "Fruit d'or" or "Fleurier" and things turned out all right. There is a fatty substance called something like "Vegeline" that I think is mainly for frying -- I've wondered if that might be a shortening replacement, but I've never tried.

If you want to pack your brown sugar, I second Sam: you need to find "vergeoise." It can be dark or light, but I guess that's the same in the USA. However, when I was first in France, I couldn't find vergeoise and just used "cassonade" in cookies and stuff, and things turned out all right even though it can't be packed.

You can really make MOST of those things at home -- not sure about biscuits, though!

screamish a dit…

mmmmm...... pumpkin pie..haven't tasted that in years.

I found Haggis in a shop a few months ago! Canned.

If not, Vegemite...that is my dream food....

Happy Harry a dit…

you can make most of that, check out my cooking blog: www.milkjaminthekitchen.blogspot.com or this one that's good too:
happy cooking ;-)

MilkJam a dit…

you can make most of that, check out my cooking blog: www.milkjaminthekitchen.blogspot.com or this one that's good too:
happy cooking ;-)

Anonyme a dit…

You can definitely find brown sugar (Saveur Vergeoise Brune), but not many stores carry it. I've only been able to find it at Intermarche and once at LeClerc. It comes in a bag about half the size of normal sugar/flour bags.

I use Végétaline in recipes calling for shortening, like peanut butter cookies. It seems to work fine. It is intended to be used in fryers for making French fries, but as long as you don't tell any French people that you used it for cookies or whatever, you'll be fine. :)

Anonyme a dit…

I found brown sugar at Galeries Lafayette Gourmet in Paris but I'm not sure if anyone you know is going there soon. Might be easier to just have someone send the stuff to you from the US.

Anonyme a dit…

I left some pie crust mix and pumpkin pie filling there last fall. Guess who?

deedee a dit…

You can make your own pumpkin purée pretty easily, just steam some pumpkin and then mash it up.

I am a little jealous...Christmas in the USA! It's been 8 years since we've done that.

Betty Carlson a dit…

Christmas in the USA -- we've only done it once, and I don't think we'll do it again even with my daughter there...

The West Coast is just too far and it's just too hard to fit in with work and school schedules. Not to mention the price for a short stay...

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