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First Signs of Spring & Marché Bastille

First signs of spring, Bastille, Paris 03/06/2011

Marché Bastille
11th Arrondisement
Metro: Bastille
Thursday 7am-2:30pm, Sunday 7am-3pm

Ahhh spring 🙂  Welcome.  Winter always seems exceedingly long, while summer feels far to short.  In Paris, winter is cold and rainy, the sun barely making its short appearances every few weeks – like I said, very long winters.  What was so great about this week, however, is that after weeks of cloudy, sunless days, on March 1st the sun made its debut and has stayed all week.  The temperature has been slowly rising into the 50s (and hopefully soon into the 60s) and the city streets have become even more lively.

One of my favorite things about Paris, and France in general, really, is the open markets.  France is very pro fresh, quality foods and even more pro locally grown products.  All year round (winter included) you can find an outdoor market in each neighborhood in a variety of sizes all containing countless vegetables, fruits, cheeses, meats, fish, poultry, eggs, flowers, herbs , clothing, and the list goes on. ( http://equipement.paris.fr/?tid=289)

Last summer/fall I frequented the weekly market in my neighborhood, Bastille, for seasonal fruits and veggies, and eggs (gotta love local farm eggs!).  As the cold came in, I have only been a few times since October/November when my mom and my cousin came to visit.

Bastille Market Oct/Nov. 2010 - Photo credit my cousin, Michelle

However, today was the first market in March and the sun was out so Julien and I were excited to go this morning.

Parisian markets have two great things: quality and prices.  Today we bought a ton of stuff and only spent 30 euros.  On our list today:


Tonight for dinner I am making those amazing looking artichokes and using those plump mushrooms to make a sauce for our steak tournedos we bought yesterday.  If you’re lucky,  you might get a peek 🙂   …maybe  😛

Check near you for your own local markets!  Yes, they do exists in the States, you just have to search 🙂

As always,

Bon Ap!


French Toast Waffles


Fact:  I love breakfast foods.

Several months ago, I had an epiphany.   How it came to me, I’m not really sure, it was kind of out of the blue, spur of the moment, as are many of my culinary adventures.   Waffles from scratch are great.  French toast, also great.  French toasting waffles from scratch… yes, please.

French Toast Waffles



1 stick unsalted butter, melted

2 cups whole wheat flour

1/2 cup dry oats

1/4 cup packed light brown sugar

1 tsp baking soda

1  1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp nutmeg

1 tsp instant espresso

1/2 tsp salt

3 eggs, room temp, yolks and whites separated

2 cups milk

1 tsp vanilla extract


Heat waffle iron while mixing ingredients.

In a large bowl, stir together the flour, oats, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, and espresso.

In a separate bowl, whisk together egg yolks, milk, stick of melted butter, and vanilla. Pour into the dry mixture and combine.

In a small bowl, whisk the egg whites until fluffy, but not dry.  Fold into batter.

With a non-stick spray, lightly coat the top and bottom of the waffle iron.  Ladle batter into each section, spread until almost full.  (You don’t want to put too much or the batter will over flow)

Close lid and let cook 4-5 minutes or until steam is no longer coming out of the iron. Be sure to spray before each waffle.

Transfer to a cooling rack or plate and set aside.

French Toast


4 eggs

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 tsp cinnamon

2-3 splashes of milk


Pre-heat oven to 200 degrees for keeping french toast waffles warm.

Coat a large skillet with a non-stick spray.  Bring skillet to high heat.

Meanwhile, combine all ingredients in small baking pan. (I find the flat, open surface makes for easy dipping!)

Dip each waffle into egg mixture, coating both sides.

Cook 2-3 minutes each side or until lightly browned.

Remove from heat and place in oven until all are complete.

Top with your favorite fruits like strawberries, blueberries, and bananas.  Drizzle syrup over the top.

You will love these!!

Bon Ap!