You Think You Can’t Speak French..??

  
     “Few days ago, I went to a cafe, with a highly soigné kind of decor. The atmosphere was filled with a strange mixture of feminine flowery eau de toilette and expensive cigar! Young demoiselles a la mode, with their haute couture little robe noir, and tres chic little purses! Joie de vivre and savoir faire… Voila!! ”

23 words out the 56 making the above paragraph, are French! And you perfectly understood what I meant! A coincidence? Certainly not! It is estimated that 70% of the words used in the English language are the same or very similar to the French equivalent words!! Surprised? I was too, when I started learning English! As a French speaker -or should I say Francophone?- I always wondered why would a rich and complex language such as English, need to “borrow” words from another foreign one! And why French? Why not Italian, Spanish or any other Latin language? And does using French words somehow makes you more sophisticated and elegant? Thus the need to show off and humbly brag about your skills? Dear reader, if you think you will find an answer to the above questions, let me apologies to you in advance, because I have none! No matter how many times I checked with “Monsieur” Google, I still can’t figure out why! Why do we use French words in English?! 

I do tolerate words like : Chauffeur, valet or even ballet, however, I am certain words such as Chef-d’oeuvre or fin de siècle, can be traded for something more…English! I also understand such things happening in the 18th century, when rich French aristocrats were finding refuge in London; but now in the 21st century, it does seem a little absurd to me. 

I am very intrigued to know what grammarians think of this matter. Is it the lack of words? Or the urge to be better, and more “Chic”? Or is it simply a habit?    

What do you think….?

Ouiam 

Thank God It’s Friday: Gluten-Free Gone French .. 

  

  
The beauty of every single morning is the ability for a fresh start. A chance to be a better person, to change what’s making you unhappy and look for ways to be happy. A new day for new memories, new smiles, new mistakes and new opportunities! 

So with every sunrise, I count my blessings and I thank God for what I have. I pray for what I wish to have. And food is always one of the things I am extremely grateful for! 

Today I made these amazing gluten-free “Crépes“, and was so pleased with the result that I decided to share the recipe with you! I have to say, it is the easiest and fluffiest thing you will ever make 🙂 

You will need: 
1 ripe banana, with spots on the skin
2 whole eggs 

Butter, for frying-pan

Combine the banana and eggs in a blender, and blend until completely smooth. Melt the butter in a skillet over medium heat, and pour a small amount of batter into the hot skillet. Cook for two minutes, or until the edges begin to look cooked, then flip and cook for another 1-2 minutes! And voila! 

Let me know if you try it ;)! 

Ouiam