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Fresh Asparagus ( A Thousand and One Things to do with Aparagus)

Strawberry Fool (Temperatures Rising post)

Death and Co (Desperate Target post)

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Bay Leaf and Lemon Roasted Coquelet ( Pizza Face post)

Cottage Cheese Salad ( Ouch! post)

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Resolution Chicken Soup ( Sunshine and Joy post)

6 Minute Succulent Foie Gras ( Foie Gras Shortcut post)

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Amaretto Chocolate Cake ( Autumn Dash post)

Sunday Supper Fettucini ( Haircut Hell post)

Susie's Fennel Seed and Lime Chicken (The Gracious Art of Meditation post)

Nigella's Coconut Rice ( The Gracious Art of Meditation post)

Cherry Tomato Curry ( The Gracious Art of Meditation post)

Old Fashioned ( Navigation Nightmares post)

End of Summer Apple Tart (Keeping Up post)

Warm Ravioli du Dauphiné Salad ( Cold Summer, Warm Salad post )

Pecorino, Tuna, Fresh Basil and Summer Tomato Salad (Salad Days post)

Easiest Dreamiest Dark Chocolate Ice cream ( Beware Pigeon post)

Ginger Kisses ( Mmmwah Mmmwah Dahling! post)

A "Lucky Stiff" Cocktail ( Are we all chambermaids ? post)

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Warm Parsnip Salad (Season's Parsnip post)

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Pecan Pie ( The Joy of "Thanks" post )

Flourless Dark Chocolate Almond Brownies ( Antumn Brownie post)

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Foie Gras Sauternes Terrine ( Oh, To be a Duck post )

Fig Pear Apple Spiced Almond Crumble ( Linguistic LOL post )

Pepper, Fresh Tomato,Garlic, Serrano, Pasta Shells ( God Give us Parity post)

Lemon Ginger Hot Toddy for Colds ( Husbands with Colds post)

Autumn Tomato Soup ( Big Noise post)

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Minted Peach Soup ( Back to School, Summer Puddings #1 post )

Full Fibre Toasted Muesli ( World Cup Fever? post)

Energy Spring Salad ( Energy Spring Salad post)

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Mash and Variations (Winter Suppers 3 - The Glory of Mashed Potato post)

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French Apple Tart, Unadulterated ( Supper for Winter Term 1 post)

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Lemon Roasted Chicken (ps More on Backdoor post)

Mrs Wood's Heavenly Honey Cake ( Mrs Wood's Heavenly Honey Cake post)

Black Ink Spaghetti with Shellfish (Spaghetti al Nero di Seppia post)

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Dark Chocolate & Chestnut Muffins ( see Sunday Muffin post)

Rhubard, Cardomom & Lime Muffins ( Sunday Muffin post)

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Susie's Red Wine Sausage Hot-Pot ( see Perspectives Men & Women post)

Mother's Pumpkin Soup ( see 70's Orange post)

Mimosa ( see Back to Brunch post )

Chestnut Panna Cotta

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Susie's Side Artichokes

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Chicken and Prawn Thai Green Curry

Mother's Waldorf Salad

Cherry Tomato and Pistachio Deep Dish Tart

Walnut Tart

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Berry Pavlova

Susie's Pesto - Parsley and Walnut, Basil and Pinenut

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Monday, 20 June 2011

Mmmmwah, Mmmmwah, DAHLING !

Kissing in France


I was a terrible french student as a school girl. 


In fact, I would say that I was one of the worst in my entire school year.
In later life I wish I had been one of the "girly swots" in the front row.


I ended up in Switzerland as a student in the 1980s. 
Walking into a rather chic-chic dinner party feigning comfort about the oncoming motions of kissing everyone in the room...I walked up to my hosts, opened my arms, saying "On baise!?" which basically means, " Let's fuck!"

Those of you who are grammatically inclined will know my error was based on confusion between a noun and verb -same word, different meanings. The noun baiser means " a kiss" and nothing untoward where as the verb baiser can be implied as the "f" word or even to shaft somebody in the swindling sense.


Fortunately for me my grammatical error was made in the presence of polite, rather safe, Swiss friends. I will add that they remained quite silent for what seemed an eternity to my uncomprehending self.


So why am I writing about this.?
Apart from my obvious traumatism, I am still this day really uncomfortable about kissing rather than hand-shaking in certain circumstances. Even though I know that it is about greeting, congratulating, happy birthday-ing and nothing more, I still get the odd blush. 


Let me add that the blushes of this 40-something desperateanglohousewife are nothing compared to the major anguish I suffered as a 20 year old student in Switzerland. In France at least the kiss is only 2-fold  Mmmmwah Mmmmwah. In Switzerland it was 4-fold!!...Mmmmwah Mmmmwah Mmmmwah Mmmmwah.
Depending on the chap who was greeting me, my reactions ranged from blush to sweaty break-out to folding knees! How can any rather naive, young, kiwi lass of 20 who has hardly even been kissed by her parents ( we weren't a kissing family!!) be expected to cope with such things!!


I was pondering on just this after a work "do" this weekend. Call me old -fashioned, but even after all these years I simply CAN NOT contemplate greeting my male colleagues in any way other than a brisk handshake. My director always shoots out his hand, he understands and accepts my anglo quirks. This weekend my other male colleagues totally ignored my thrust-out hand and did the " tonight we will do the bise " routine. 
My knees didn't fold, but I was still blushing!


I joined in the movement after a while, throwing away my anglo uptight self, confident in the knowledge that at least now I get the grammar right!!


One of my absolute favourite cakes is the Ginger Kiss. They were a major source of joy in my kiwi childhood.
Seems an appropriate recipe for today's post..


Ginger Kisses



  • 230g butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup fine white sugar
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 level teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 level teaspoon baking powder ( use whole sachet if you are in France and forget the soda..)
  • 1 tablespoon golden syrup
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

  • For the icing..
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup icing sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 1/2 teaspoon zest of lime ( optional)
  • 2 tablespoons boiling water

Method


Preheat the oven to 160 C.
Cream butter and sugar, add egg and beat well. 
Mix in dry ingredients and soda dissolved in 1/4 cup boiling water.
Place teaspoonfuls of batter on cold greased trays bake for 15 minutes.Allow to cool on a wire cake rack.
Mix together butter, icing sugar, vanilla and boiling water, beating until light and creamy.
Ice cooled kisses together.







9 comments:

  1. France's funniest woman.

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  2. Just found out about your blog. Kissing post had me crying I was laughing so hard.

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  3. My problem with all the kissing is the germ zone. But hey, when in France...

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  4. I've never made Ginger Kisses Susie and because of you, I am going to. Nice post, very funny!

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  5. @ Corin..enjoy the Ginger kiisses. They are just so yum. Let them cool before you nice them together. A matter of great self control.

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  6. Hillarious post. We read your blog in our book club, we would like the book too! Your blog catches essence of life in France as an anglosaxons without criticizing your host country. I agree with comment that you are the funniest woman in France.

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  7. @Heather, thanks for you kind comments. I am very flattered!

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  8. Favourite post. The Swiss are such a self controlled lot. Imagine if you had said that in france. You might have been a very busy girl!

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