Le Foodie

by Holly on March 13, 2010

in breakfast,dinner,French,Indian,lunch,recipes,silliness

Bonjour mes chéris douce!

That was my lame attempt at pretending to be French by saying: Hello my sweet darlings!

I actually don’t think I have a French bone in my body. Besides the fact I don’t speak the language (hola – I’m taking Spanish classes!), I’m unable to eat pastries without gaining poundage, not chic and way too obnoxious to be French.  However, today I am leaving my loud, curly-haired American self behind and turning into Holly – le foodie français!

I know, that picture is horrifiant. That means horrifying, for the record.

Anyways…every Français personne knows that you must start out the day with a delicious, filling breakfast.  Since I lack in the pain au chocolat department, Classic Banana Oats were on the menu…

1/2 cup oats
1 cup water
1 smashed naner
1 NuNaturals stevia packet
lots of Nuttzo

With two cups of café au lait…for good measure.

To make up for my lack of French-ness at breakfast, it was fate that my co-worker brought me back a scone framboise from the maker of the best scones in the entire universe.

Très magnifique.

Over lunch, Steph + I headed to the gym for our Friday 45-minute Pilates class. Bonjour abdominals! This class has successfully left my abs sore all weekend for the past two weeks.  When we were done, I grabbed a quick salade and headed back to work without showering.  Gross, I know.

cottage cheese
broccoli salad
banana peppers
sunflower seeds
hard-boiled egg
cucumber yogurt dressing

Everyone knows that even foodies get burnt out from cooking, which means sometimes, they too rely on takeout food.  Being the worldy, cultured Français femme I am, that meant Indian food last night!

Can I just say, this bharta was totally bangin’?

Apparently, you can take the girl out of America, but you can’t take the America out of the girl. Excuse my wannabe street language.

Anyways, the baingain bharta was tres délicieux, especially when paired with garlic naan

I would marry naan if I could.  True statement.

Tous ensemble

et tous les partis.


The best part? Sometimes it takes a night off from cooking to re-ignite your foodie spirit.

Case in point…Lentils with Curried Tarka!  While it simmered this morning, my apartment smelled much like an Indian curry house, which is by NO means a bad thing.  In fact, a very good thing.

A très bon thing.

Thanks to Emily and her fabulous recipe (and blog, for that matter!), I had the most magnifique lunch!

Served over the unused rice from last night’s Indian takeout and sprinkled with scallions…

My foodie essence continued as I began cooking for an early dinner.  Who you callin’ Grand-mère?

Hmmmm…what ever could that be?

Perhaps Janetha’s genius recipe for Red Wine Blackberry Sauce?

Shallots, red wine, blackberries and more…I can’t even BEGIN to tell you how fabulous this is.

I may have eaten a couple cuillerées (ahem, spoonfuls) while this simmered away.  Just sayin’.

Then, I proceeded to make the most delicious solo dinner ever…carrot fries, steamed sweet potato (with a smidge of butter + cinnamon) + red wine blackberry sauce over grilled organic, ethically-raised chicken.

Who says you need un garçon to enjoy a romantic meal? As long as you love yourself, you can enjoy anything, anytime, anywhere.  Don’t ever forget that.

For dessert, le boulanger in me just had to come out…in the form of VeggieGirl that is!  Oui, you know where this is going: more VeggieGirl blondies! I took her recipe for Peanut Butter Pretzel Blondies and changed it up a bit, using this in place of pretzels…

As well as subbing in 1 cup peanut butter, NuNaturals stevia (for turbinado sugar), Greek yog (for coconut milk yog) and organic skim milk (for non-dairy milk), to come out with this!

Hello, gorgeous!

Le foodie a besoin de goûter les résultats, bien sûr!

If the Google Translator my French is correct, that means, “A foodie needs to taste the results, of course!” And she did. And the results were bientrès bien.

Now, pardonnez-moi, I need another glass of wine…or deux.

The life of a foodie is très difficile.


Crunchy Granola Gal March 13, 2010 at 8:21 pm

okay, this post made me giggle. much needed on an icky, rainy boooyuck saturday night.

love the indian food too.


Evan Thomas March 13, 2010 at 8:34 pm

Your blondies translate so well to anything, including my language :-)
Haha, I went to france last year and the breakfasts were always croissants! A) I can’t do that much white flour B) Where’s the peanut butter? C) That’s a dessert, not a get-me-runnin’ breakfast

Low March 13, 2010 at 8:44 pm

Holy mackeral! You are so damn adorable in that picture! And that lentil creation looks orgasmic! I need to try some pilates classes me thinks!

elise March 13, 2010 at 8:45 pm

oh MY god, im absolutely dying right now. why dont you live in nyc. the fact that you have a mustache is too much for words. totes ross and rachel on drunk vegas ep. want. carrot. fries. NOW>

Erika March 13, 2010 at 8:49 pm

Dear Holly / MN Expat,

It has been far too long. I am happy you can be french/indian/wisconsonian all at once – it makes my heart sing.

The end.

katie March 13, 2010 at 9:05 pm

soo much good food! thats the BOMB dot com solo dinner girlfrand!! love those carrot fries!!

Matt March 13, 2010 at 9:07 pm

I took 3 years of French in high school and I don’t remember a damn thing!

Jenny March 13, 2010 at 9:07 pm

Whatcha talk?! Your francais est tres beau! J’adore ce post! ;)

And I gave you a shout out on my post tonight, went to a movie solo today and LOVED/NEEDED it so! It was awesome, and I couldn’t help but think I never would have done it without knowing you.

Hope you’re enjoying your Saturday evening!

Whit March 13, 2010 at 9:10 pm

OH MY GAWD we are INDIAN FOOD TWINS. Meaning of course we both ate Indian food last night. So we can pretend that makes us indian food twins. What? I don’t know either.

Katie March 13, 2010 at 9:20 pm

I’m a sucker for lentils, and yours look beautiful! I also could marry naan.

Jessica @ How Sweet It Is March 13, 2010 at 9:21 pm

You picture made me LOL – for real. Mr How Sweet just asked what the heck I was laughing at. I think I am French. I don’t know jack about the language.

Tay March 13, 2010 at 9:21 pm

Je t’aime, Holly! Those blondies look tres magnifique!! Must make soon

Erica March 13, 2010 at 9:35 pm

hahahhahahahhaa I love the first picture of you- you never fail to crack me up. So much deliciousness in this post. I want the Naan, carrot fries, and some of the blondies…if you need my address, just let me know ;)

Leah Z March 13, 2010 at 9:47 pm

Your posts always make me lol so much! all of your food looks deeeeeelicious! I need to make that sauce!

Jenna March 13, 2010 at 9:51 pm

You make me wanna try Indian!
Janeethas sauce looks amazinggg!
Yummy dessert :)

Mara @ What's For Dinner? March 13, 2010 at 10:31 pm

LOVE that picture :) I gotta say, all I know in french is how to say “the party’s in my pants”… not exactly useful

Cindy March 13, 2010 at 10:53 pm

ummm, for someone who is in a spanish class you sure popped out quite a few french phrases!
not bad mon cheri….not bad.

love your hat and your mustache!


Mama Pea March 13, 2010 at 11:02 pm

I love you, mon amis. I’ve now got your handlebarred mustache mug as my screen saver. ;)

Jennifer March 13, 2010 at 11:16 pm

J’adore le post! I like the french theme tonight! Very cute! And your eats look so yummy!

brooke March 13, 2010 at 11:25 pm

holly… you’re adore! a cute, little frenchy at heart! who can speak espanol hehe. oh my gosh, and i love the indian feast! xx

glidingcalm March 14, 2010 at 12:35 am

Indian Food! Pilates! = my life!

and those blondies look amazing. I totally have the urge to bake now!!!

love your mustaaaaaaaaaaache.

happy sunday mama.

Mary March 14, 2010 at 3:53 am

I LOVE Lazy Jane’s! Every time I go to Madison I have to stop there for a scone– you’ve got me craving one now! Oh well, six more weeks and I’ll be stateside so I can make a stop :)

Kristie March 14, 2010 at 6:54 am

Oh you crack me up. Was the Indian food from Maharaja? That place seriously is bangin :-P

Sarah (Running To Slow Things Down) March 14, 2010 at 8:20 am

Bonjour madame holly! (I probably didn’t even spell or say that right…my French-Canadian ancestors are probably crying right now ;) )

You are awesome. End of story. :D

Maya March 14, 2010 at 8:29 am

That would be Hollie instead of Holly, right? I just bought peanut butter filled pretzels to make veggie girl’s famous blondies, but you beat me to it!

Alison March 14, 2010 at 8:41 am

ROFL you are too funny!

Your eats looked great the last few days. Mmm Mmmm.

Susan March 14, 2010 at 9:13 am

You are an epicurean Einstein! Way to get biizzay in the kitch – one of the best ways to spend a weekend in my opinion. I want to come over to your crib and chow down.

The only words I remember from French class are the ones that sounded cool – pamplemousse (grapefruit) and poubelle (garbage can).

Julie March 14, 2010 at 9:25 am

haha love the picture! youre so fun!

Haleigh March 14, 2010 at 10:11 am

I adore Indian food!!! I had the exact same thing (baingan bharta and garlic naan) at a local Indian place this weekend.. I thought it was deja vu while looking at your photos :)

Madeline - Greens and Jeans March 14, 2010 at 10:16 am

Who knew you had a mustache? Garlic naan is definitely God’s gift to the world.

K March 14, 2010 at 11:00 am

Bahaha love your mug shot in this post! That takes balls to post which makes me love you even more! Your Indian eats look tres magnifique!!

amanda March 14, 2010 at 11:38 am

your french picture makes me giggle!

such yummy eats.

LindsayRuns March 14, 2010 at 12:04 pm

Haha this was great!

Krissy March 14, 2010 at 2:42 pm

Ummm I am TOTALLY drooling right now!!!! Look at you getting all busy up in that kitchen of yours :) Your pics are priceless – you are the cutest EVA!!! xoxo

Jason Sandeman March 14, 2010 at 3:16 pm

I loved this post. Never trust Google translate fully though, it will lead you astray. Je parle français aussi, et bien, c’est toujours avec caution que je tranduire les choses. Si vous etes interesse de parler français, pratique chaque fois ce que vous avez. Merci.

I have a question for you though, as a recently diagnosed Diabetic, do you think Stevia would be a good choice? How do you find using it?

Faith March 14, 2010 at 3:29 pm

Horrifiant or not, I love that first pic! It actually made me laugh out loud. Your eats are incredible! I’m adding that blackberry sauce to my wish list of amazing eats. :)

caronae March 14, 2010 at 4:13 pm

Hehe, love your french-ness and this post. I’ve, always wanted to make my own indian food; yours looks wonderful!

Shelley March 14, 2010 at 6:41 pm

you are by far one of the funniest people I have ever come across. love this post.

BroccoliHut March 14, 2010 at 7:09 pm

I am a bit obsessed with blackberries, so that sauce looks AMAZING!

j to the anethaaaaaaa March 14, 2010 at 8:05 pm

ahahahahaha. love the moo-stahshe. got your msg late last night! youre a doll. glad you liked the sauce, it is so lickable. and you are so likable. those two descriptions can be interchanged, i am sure.

Sissy #1 March 14, 2010 at 8:32 pm

Umm….this was the grossest post ever with the grossest food. It all looked like diarrhea. Je suis desole ma petite soeur. :)

Jess March 14, 2010 at 8:39 pm

Girl, you have been cooking up a DELICIOUS storm! Can I come over? :D

<3 jess

Annie March 14, 2010 at 9:52 pm

Okay, that picture of you being French is absolutely hilarious. Way to keep it silly :-D

Michal March 15, 2010 at 5:23 am

O-m-g! That picture has to be one of the best things evah. And fyi you could totally pass for a french person in my book!

Katie March 15, 2010 at 10:14 am

I don’t even know where to start, but your ‘stache!!!! You should rock that more often.

Michelle March 15, 2010 at 1:27 pm

This post just made me want to sing and dance, ditch work, and go home and COOK! My goodness Holly I am TRES impressed with all the aamzing things you’ve made in the post!! I totally copied down Veggie girls blondie recipe and your substitutions so I can make that gorgeous blondie you have there. INSANE!!! it looks sooo insane!!!! *drool*

Kate Austen March 15, 2010 at 1:29 pm

OMG did you just say you want to marry Naan? That’s my lover!!! I love Naan bread.

I invented this delicioso snack with Naan bread:

Bake or toast a slice of Naan and top with any kind of hummus, crumbled feta and sliced cherry or plum tomatoes. Yummy!

Susan March 15, 2010 at 6:49 pm

Bahahaha!! Ahhh, ma belle Hollyyy. J’ai d’une petite ville avec beacoup Francais. Nous sommes manger les poutines et cafe au laits quand nous vont au Alberta. Mait, Alberta est une vraiment Anglais province. Alors, nous doit allez au Montreal aussi! :P

FYI: I just butchered the French language. I am a poor Acadian. Please don’t ask me to speak Indian :P

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