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A word a day and a wonderful recipe each day  for at least a year. Well that was the initial plan. But then the time it took me each day to shop, cook, photograph, write up, and publish just got the better of me and I gave up completely. But I’m back, with the firm intention of posting much less regularly but still explaining the best of French food a word at a time,  attaching a delicious recipe and a mouthwatering photo.I may occasionally even do drawings instead of photos. Or ask my daughter at www.cecilevidican.com to help me out. I hope OneFrenchWord will continue to appeal to all francophiles, foodies and students of the French language.

I am passionate about cooking. All the recipes are my own, I invent food daily for myself, improvisation is so much a part of the kitchen. But of course, nothing is really original or invented in the cookery sphere, everything has already been imagined by someone or other, so some of my recipes may ring a bell. But I never intentionally copy someone else’s idea.  I photograph my food just before I eat it. Almost all of the photos are my own, and are my private copyrighted property. Those that are not mine have the source carefully mentioned.

I am also a linguist. I was brought up to speak English, but I have always spoken French as well and have been living in France since 1966. Today I feel more competent in French than in English.

I love to create art. Anything. Simple, complicated, huge, tiny. I don’t have a favourite medium for expressing myself any longer.  Yarn, clay, stone, paint, multimedia. I’m retired, so finally I have all the time in the world to experiment. I knit a lot, I paint a lot, thick oil paint with a palette knife. I sculpt clay and cut stone. Some of it is beautiful, some less so. But the pleasure is always there.

I love the sea. When I retired I moved from the Loire Valley to the Finistère, right at the very westernmost tip of France. A beautiful, wild, rocky place of surf and sandy beaches, wild moorland, gentle hills that the people here call mountains. A region of Celtic legend, misty past and radiant present. Of bagpipe music and men and women in traditional costume dancing traditional dances. Magic is literally everywhere, you feel it, it speaks to you. You cannot but be in love with the place.

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  1. What a wonderful place to retire, Brittany! So much cultural and culinary richness, I look forward to learning all sorts of good tips from your blog… I am from the extreme opposite corner of France, the Alsace :) and live in the US. Cheers!

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    • And even better than “Brittany”, the Finistère. I just got back from walking on the beach… magic!
      A lot separates Brittany from Alsace – one of the few places I have never been in France!

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      • That would be amazing! I live in a chalet in the Appalachian mountains (au sommet d’une petite montagne entourée de lacs et de parcs naturels), and we love it here. These mountains are very similar to the Vosges in the Alsace, a region which I am sure you would enjoy… especially at Christmas time with christmas markets all along the wine road, or in the summer.
        Bonne journée!

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  2. Bonjour Mme,

    Je trouvais votre blog par hasard et aimais tout tout tout. J’aimerais vous suivre.

    Merci et bonne soirée,

    DJ
    Ottawa Canada

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  3. You are correct, I found your other blog through Tina’s nomination, and I have visited this one at your request.

    What an extremely well-thought-out concept and execution! I started with your most recent post and read my way back to day 1. Each day you are sharing your knowledge of the French language and relating it to a new recipe. What a labor of love! Your photos provide wonderful illustrations.

    I studied French for 3 years in college (alas, 40 years ago), but I have always loved the language, and I see recipes here that I want to try!

    Please visit my “punny” Mon.-Fri. photoblog: TheDailyGraff.com

    — John

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    • Thank you John for your appreciative comments. I have already been to your blog, and have now signed up, I am in turn fairly astounded to see the imagination you put into making inanimate objects talk, sometimes with such dark humour! I shall be happy to discover the daily dose!

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  4. Thanks for returning my visit and for subscribing! I have over 60 subscribers, but you are the first one from FRANCE!

    –John

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  5. I’ve nominated you for my Forget me not Award. I enjoy your blog, and love your recipes and new Feench words. Keep enjoying your blogging, and food, and life, and most of all recording your memories.
    http://kateswaffer.wordpress.com/2012/01/31/the-forget-me-not-award/
    Cheers, Kate

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    • I have thanked you on your blog, Kate, and in my blog entry for today. I’m proud that you think my blog worthy of your award, pleased that a seasoned cook such as you finds my writing interesting, and yes, most of all, I shall begin to add memories.

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  6. Bonjour, Caroline! I am so thrilled to find your site! Kate Swaffer pointed me this way through her forget-me-not-award, and I am so happy she did. Your blog is fabulous! I love food, and am learning French (sort of a crash course, as I need to be there to take care of some things as soon as this March), so a word a day certainly helps…. and a recipe to boot – oo la la! :)

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    • Bonjour Amy, et merci de ce gentil commentaire et merci à Kate! J’espère que ce que vous trouverez ici vous aidera à apprendre, contactez moi lorsque vous serez en France ce printemps. Amitiés, Caroline

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  7. I’ve finally found some time to have a proper look round your blog. And I’m very glad that I did – it’s clearly a real labour of love and I’m going to love following it (I follow through an RSS reader so may not appear as a WordPress follower).

    How many days to you intend to do this for? I suspect that you have ambitions of this being more than a blog? If so, then rightly so. It’s a great idea, and very well executed. Cooking is one of the things I enjoy, although as with many of the things I enjoy, I’m no expert. I tend towards Indian cooking, and concentrate almost exclusively on main courses. When we entertain, I do the main (and take all the glory!), and my wife does everything else.

    I’ve not been to the Finistere, but we did spend our honeymoon in Brittany, and had a family holiday in Carnac about 10 years ago. Finistere sounds like the best of Cornwall and France combined.

    Anyway, I will deinitelybe trying some of your recipes, but now am heading to the kitchen to cook Spaghetti Carbornara!

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    • How very kind of you! As you yourself know encouragement is imperative if one is to continue, and your remarks are precious to me. I hope to keep it up for the year, maybe more, or maybe I’ll get overwhelmed all of a sudden and give up early… it is very time consuming. I should love to turn it into a book, the French language angle makes it a little different. But I think this is probably easier said than done.

      I hope you do try some of my recipes, I’d be grateful for your honest evaluation.

      Yes the Finistère is exactly that, the best of Cornwall but rather empty, lots of space, beautiful coastline, lovely food. So much better than the rest of Brittany (no, I’m not biased (I don’t know how to write that in English!)). Do come here for a holiday, you won’t regret it if you treat it a bit like Ireland as far as weather is concerned, it does sometimes rain a lot!

      How was your spaghetti?

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  8. What a good idea to do a recipe a day – and such imaginative ones. I shall be back here often (I’ve signed up in a reader). In France since 1966!! Wow, you must BE French by now. Bonne continuation.

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    • Merci! Yes, I’ve been here so long that I can’t even identify with your wonderings with other more recently arrived residents about how much one misses, how often one goes back, … I visit England rarely. I am not sure I could ever go back. In fact I’m pretty sure I couldn’t.

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      • I actually miss nothing about England – every time I go back I feel like a fish out of water and am always glad to return home, i.e. here. I haven’t been in London for 2 years!

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        • Me too, the British seem very extra-terrestrial to me. I went to London at Christmas to spend it with my son, and I loved that. But although it would be more sensible to move back now I have no one left here in France but I do have some family in London and Dorset, I just can’t bring myself to do it.

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    • PS Thank you for signing up. I’m delighted.

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  9. I’ve immediately fallen in love with this blog. The idea you have here is wonderful. I love the French language and French cuisine, so this blog is doubly exciting for me.. I’ll be reading it everyday I assure you :-)

    Merci et bonne continuation.
    Algerian in London.

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  10. C’est tout à fait réciproque; je suis en admiration devant le vôtre et vous suis assidument. J’aime bcp vos photos également et votre vaisselle! J’ai juste un problème avec mon blog, c’est qu’en fait en temps normal je mange bcp plus “exotique”, c a d asiatique ou nord africain, que français. Je pense que je vais élargir la portée de mon blog pour inclure la cuisine des anciennes colonies françaises. Etant donné que chaque jour je cuisine, photographie et mange ce dont je parle, je n’ai plus le temps de picorer dans des cultures variées.

    Amitiés

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  11. I’m so glad to have found your blog, and what a perfect combo – french and food! I live in Brussels and have a holiday home in Concarneau that we try to visit as often as possible. I am also in love with the area, and experiment with recipes, read and swim a lot when I’m there. Longing to retire and creatively experiment as you do, but wrong side of fifty! One day………
    keep in touch Lizzi
    http://thebeachhousefrance.wordpress.com/?preview=true&preview_id=140&preview_nonce=b8a74d2d2b

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    • What a lovely house Lizzi. Very near me, about 20 minutes, do let me know when you are next coming up. Lucky you being the “wrong side” of fifty! I’m the “wrong side” of 65 now! I’ve signed up to follow your blog. best, Caroline

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  12. “A beautiful, wild, rocky place of surf and sandy beaches, wild moorland, gentle hills that the people here call mountains. A region of Celtic legend, misty past and radiant present. Of bagpipe music and men and women in traditional costume dancing traditional dances. Magic is literally everywhere, you feel it, it speaks to you. You cannot but be in love with the place.”

    Caroline, what a beautiful description of the place you live. It sounds incredible.
    And I love your blog – amazing that you just come up with these recipes on your own. They look delicious and are making me very hungry!

    Best wishes,
    Anita

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  13. Je suis ravie d’avoir découvert votre blog ! Tout comme vous, j’aime la cuisine, les langues, et l’histoire, je ne peux donc qu’apprécier votre démarche, et je compte bien apprendre des choses également, car je suis assez novice dans le domaine culinaire.
    Quelle chance d’habiter désormais dans un endroit aussi beau que le Finistère, j’ai passé de nombreuses vacances à côté de Pont l’Abbé durant mon enfance, mais cela fait bien longtemps que je n’y suis pas retournée !

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    • Voilà une correspondance qui démarre! J’aime beaucoup “rencontrer” des personnes sur le web avec des intérêts communs. Ah, le Finistère, j’ai attendu longtemps pour y habiter en vrai, le seule problème étant qu’on est très excentré et loin de tout. Je publie mon blog normalement tous les vendredi midi, j’ai découvert que c’est le moment où les gens ont le plus le temps et l’envie de regarder. Cette semaine, panne d’ordi; je publierai demain matin tôt, un autre moment propice.

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  14. Hey, I really enjoy your blog and have nominated you for a Liebster Award. Hope you’ll accept!

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  15. Oooh…J’adore votre blog ! C’est parfait ! I’m just a traveler with French plans, but I’ve been learning the language for 2 years and one of my favorite ways to learn is by reading and cooking recipes in French! Merci !

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