making baking breaking bread


I don’t know about you, but I’m going to put all the troubles of the world aside and bake some bread. There’s something very satisfying about dense, delicious, high-fibre rye bread. It’s also delicious toasted. Yesterday I ate a bowl of sweet potato-butternut squash soup (homemade), and it was crying out for a slice or two of rye. Making your own bread isn’t that difficult. Thanks to Paul Hollywood’s recipes below, he’s made it user friendly. It is important to buy good quality organic flour, not the industrial stuff. This recipe calls for rye flour and white flour.

It also calls for treacle. Treacle! I’m not sure where I’m going to find that in France … I don’t even know how to say it. (Just looked it up, it’s mélasse, as in molasses.)

Anyway, sometimes it’s time to turn off the toxic news, listen to some music or a good podcast, and bake some bread.


Trump in France, rain, war cemeteries …

65th anniversary of the Normandy invasion of the allied forces

What an immense embarrassment … to himself, to the USA, but mostly to the fallen dead. Trump the Dump has crossed so many lines we’ve all lost count, but this … this takes the cake. He is a national, no, an international disgrace.

Today is Armistice Day. But instead of honoring those who fought and died for America, Trump has cancelled his visit to Belleau, the American war cemetery in Normandy. Why? Because it’s raining!

Trump has not only dishonored all veterans and active duty, he has dishonored our flag. The same flag he accuses others of dishonoring by kneeling during the National Anthem. No one who has ever kneeled during the National Anthem disgraced our country, our flag and most importantly our military personnel like Trump has done today. Not even close.

This is the same man who mocked Hillary Clinton for fainting after she stood through a long memorial service when she had flu?

It’s incredible that a president would travel to France for this significant anniversary — and then remain in his hotel room watching TV rather than pay in person his respects to the Americans who gave their lives in France for the victory gained 100 years ago.

Make America Great Again. Indeed! And this from an individual who has never served in the military, thanks to a string of deferments that enabled him to avoid the draft during the Vietnam War.

The cemetery has 2,288 grave­sites honoring those who died. The names of 1,060 more Americans who went missing and whose bodies were not recovered are engraved on the walls of the site.

cemeteries three

poster armicstice

Here’s the link to the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery in Normandy, France –

And here’s a résumé of the day’s events in Monday’s The Guardian –

Christine and the Queens


Her name is Héloïse Letissier and she was born in Nantes on the west coast of France. She’s a singer, songwriter and producer. Such a charming vintage name, Héloïse, which of course reminds one of the highly popular Eloise books for children. Authored by Kay Thompson in the 1950s, the books feature a six-year-old precocious girl, an enfant terrible, who lives in The Plaza Hotel in NYC.

Before forming her solo musical group, Christine and the Queens – in London – Héloïse studied theater and dance. She was inspired by Michael Jackson and Pina Bausch. Her work combines music, performance, art videos, drawings and photography.


She spends most of her time in London now. Her English is excellent. She’s been nominated for, and has won, many musical awards. Here’s an interview with her on British television:


Saturday brunch


We’re currently enjoying a 4-day weekend here in France. Thursday and Friday it rained, but today was sunny, dry and cold. A perfect day to meet up with friends for brunch. Emerging from my lair where I had been holed up for two days, I jumped on the metro and crossed town.







I love this photo. H. on the left was born in Denmark, the boy is Swedish. Around the table four languages were spoken – Swedish, Danish, French and English. Living multiculturally and multilingually is very enriching.



The delicious soup came from here; check out this website for amazing recipes –