Wednesday, November 09, 2005

American vs. French Portions

Dr. B had been telling me that I had my portion size all wrong--the
french eat much less in each portion, you make too much, yadda yadda

Well, tonight he eats his words.

HE made the vinaigrette for the salad.

I told him a "traditional french vinaigrette" is 4 parts oil, 1 part vinegar, some mustard, salt and


To me, I can envision the finished dressing (which for two people is about, what, a tablespoon, maybe one and a half?)

What does he use for his "parts"?


It took about 4 parts of dishwashing liquid to one part of water to
clean up all the oil.




At 3:02 PM, November 09, 2005, Blogger MagE said...

Poor Dr. B...
trying to help... but got his eggcups and his parts confused. Perhaps he wanted a really big know, American style!?
or you know - he was expecting guests?

At 3:07 PM, November 09, 2005, Blogger La Rêveuse said...

Yeah, like 14 of them.

He also made a chicken curry with coconut milk and even added oil to the wheat he served it over.

I have eaten so much fat tonight, I will never be constipated again.

At 5:14 PM, November 09, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sometimes the recipes get modified a little but the guys do glad that he volunteered to give it a whirl.....I'd be thrilled!

At 5:16 PM, November 09, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Be glad he gave it the old college try.....I would be thrilled if my husband even knew what vinegratte was!

At 3:33 AM, November 10, 2005, Blogger afoos said...

Yep, I agree- if Etienne ever even tried a vinigrette (or even stepped foot in the kitchen, for that matter!) that would be enough for me to force myself to down whatever he made for as much as it took for him to make it!

At 1:51 PM, November 10, 2005, Anonymous Claire said...

Wanted to say hi.

I'm an Australian living in Lille, Nth of Paris, my husband also works for CNRS. Thought you might be interested to know about the Kastler Foundation, an organisation that assists foreign scientists and their family.They have been a great resource for us.

I am enjoying your Blog.

At 5:08 PM, November 10, 2005, Blogger La Rêveuse said...

Thanks, Claire! Actually, we just received word that I have been approved for insurance with the Kastler Foundation through AXA. Phew! It's a relief to be covered--that is too scary (at least for an American--we're used to hospital "mouchoirs" costing upwards of 65 dollars. Can't quite get a handle on a doc visit only being 20 euros!)


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