Greetings from Bures-France! Happy New Year to everybody but in particular to my great family members, to my friends and last but not least to the fantastic people who saved my life almost 6 years ago: the members of the Hematology department at Saint Antoine Hospital and in particular my great graft doctor. I love them all!
Today, I would like to share with you a “feel good” recipe. The cookies are called “crinkles”. The first time I noticed this name, I thought “it sounds like an alsacien or german” name for a cookie (I am a big fan of “alsacian cookies”…. On checking on the web, I discovered that those crinkles are, guess what, from Australia / New Zealand:
Although it seems that the recipe is not completly similar to the one I will describe here….
The major ingredient is …chocolate, which is known as a feel good food.
The recipe I am describing comes from a French magasine called Elle (# 3963).
Melt in a microwave oven 25 g of butter with 100 g of dark chocolate. Stir the mixture carefully. In a separate bowl, whisk an egg with around 20 g of sugar until the mixture “whiten” (or for me until you are fed up;-)!). Add the melted chocolate and stir. Then add 105 g of flour and around 50 g of candied tangerine (or candied orange peel), cut in small pieces, and stir carefully. To finish, add around 3 g of baking soda and stir. At this stage, you should get a sticky past, which is then kept for up to 2 hours in a refrigerator. Preheat an oven at 180 °C. Make with the solid past “balls” the size of a walnut, roll them in a bowl containing icing sugar and place them on baking paper-covered tray. Cook for around 11 minutes. The time is tricky to get soft cookies… Let cool them down and enjoy! But before you will like the smell of chocolate filling the kitchen :-)!
I hope you will like these crinkles! For chocolate addicts like me it is a must :-)!
It is already the end of the year. For almost two years now, we have been living with covid 19, and we don’t see the end of the pandemic yet…
With a part of our family not being able to join us for Christmas again this year, it will not be “a real Christmas” for me.
Anyway, to keep the traditions alive, we made a small Christmas tree, decorated in part with two pieces of my own production: a Santa Claus and a star made of stained glass, Tiffany style!
At this time of the year, it is also the tradition for me to prepare cookies and cakes. I tried new cookies such as this one, made for chocolate lovers (50% chocolate!), plus “cinnamon stars” and “brioche” ..
It is also time to sing old songs, like the one our father used to sing us when we were childs…
Merry Christmas to people at Saint Antoine Hospital Hematology dept with a special thought to my fantastic graft doctor, to my family and friends from all over the World!
Greetings from Bures-France! I have been silent. for some time, but it is mainly because I have been lazy :-)!
Early in November, we visited our daugther and her family in Toronto. We joined just at the right time: our grand son, who is attending a daycare, brought home the flu (or a cold), and gave it to everybody ! We spent 3 weeks with running noze, some fever (at the begining), headache, cough . Before going back home, we took a PCR test to be safe. Anyway, we enjoyed being with our canadian branch of the family!
In November, the 26th conference on climat took place in Scotland. The “global warming” issue remembered me of a song from Bourvil , a french actor and singer. The song starts like that: un oranger sur le sol irlandais, on ne le verra jamais (an orange tree on Irish soil, we’ll never see it)! Maybe he was wrong :-)! Just wait for a few more years!
This fall was also the time for me to start again my “artistic work”, stained glass and modeling… Here are some of my project.
This November was also “special” for me as I turned 70 :-(! I am old…) Forty years ago, I defended my PhD… hatrd to believe! Time is flying!
My last project on stained glass is “a photophore”. I started to build it a few weeks ago. The first class lasted for 7 hours! And I was able to survive it! Thank you people from Hematology at St Antoine hospital and in particular my great graft doctor! Together with my donor and my family and friends, you saved my life! I am a surviving chimera :-)!
During our stay in Vence, we hiked to Saint Paul de Vence, which is a few km away. I was able to do it thanks to the team at St Antoine hospital and my fantastic graft doctor! Every day, I am thinking of them, and my family and friends, without forgeting my stem cells donor… I love them all ;-)!
Saint Paul is such a beautiful place, and sunny too!
A few weeks ago, we decided to go south to look for some sun, which is saddly missing in the Paris area… We first stopped at Aix en Provence, a city we never visited before. A charming city… with some rain the day we spent there :-)!
We visited the cathedrale and churches… looking for St Antoine’s statues ;-)!
Most of the museums were closed because of “the red alert” (heavy rain!)… We managed to visit an “hôtel particulier” with an exhibit of painting from Zao Wou-Ki…
We then headed for Vence, a small village in Provence: the sun was there! There is so much to be seen around, from Saint Paul de Vence to Antibes, to Cagnes sur mer, Tourrettes sur Loup… We did several hikes, which were very plesant under the sun!
On the way back home, we stopped in “le Beaujolais” to visit les villages des pierres dorées…
We are now almost at the end of October… Fall is really there, with its short days, not too good for the spirit :-(!
But in two weeks, we will head to Toronto to visit our daughter and her family :-)!
If I can enjoy life, it is because of the fantastic team at Saint Antoine hospital, and in particular my great graft doctor, my donor, my wonderful family, and my friends: I love you all! Thinking of you everyday…
Following the partial lifting of the restriction linked to the last lockdown, I have been able to resume “my artistic work”…
I first finished the Father Joseph’s statue, which was waiting for me for a long time. I painted it: I am very happy with the result!
With the little time left before “the summer vacations”, I decided to make a owl, as I never tried to make animals before. Here is the result (It is not yet “cooked”).
I had also the chance to finish a stained glass project I called it “the lady with a blue hat”. It took me some time to finish it because of the lockdown, but also because of my lack of experience with the lead stained glass work!
As I am pretty fond of “Tiffany stained glass objects”, I made a blue elephant and a ladybug…
My last project is a dove:
My artistic activities will resume in the fall…
But now, I will go to Toronto soon to meet The Caribous :-)!
Soon it is will be the 5th anniversary of my hematopoietic stem cells transplant. Five years already! Hard to believe!
I would like to warmly thank the fantastic team who saved my life: all the people in the Department of Hematology at Saint Antoine Hospital and in particular my graft doctor (I will never forget her). I would like also to thank “Marie”, the nurse who actually performed “the graft”: it was her first time, and for me too! I wonder where I would be without the gift of stem cells from my young donor: I will never meet her, which is kind of sade, but I know the rules… I had also the chance to have my big family and my friends around me: even while “confined” I had visit every day from Jaja and others…
I really really love you all :-)!
The best way “to celebrate” this anniversary is to put together photos, from “before” to “now”.
“The mask” with a Saint Antoine on it: the best protective device against covid you can think of :-)!
After a long time without travelling, because of the lockdown, we decided to go to the south of France, “la Camargue” and “la Provence”.
We spent a few days near Les saintes Maries de la Mer. We visited several places including the ornithological reserve of la Camargue. Various species of birds to watch: flamingos, herons,…
Camargue is really beautiful…. but there are too many mosquitos :-)!
We then went to , a small village in “les Alpilles”: Maussane les Alpilles. It is located near les Baux de Provence and St Rémy de Provence. Such as wonderful area… and sunny too ;-)!
We visited a lot of churches, abbayes and various monuments. We did also hikes. Most of the time , I was wearing my hat, following the advices from my dermatologist :-)!
We also visited again “la Carrière des Lumières” displaying an exhibit about Cézanne, and Kandinsky…
We are already in June… In a few days, it will be the 5th anniversary of my stem cells graft… Thank you all at St Antoine hospital, in particular my kind graft doctor, thank you my anonymous donor, thank you my family and friends: if I am here to celebrate it is because of you! I love you all !