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Valentine's Day Cookies

Valentine's Day Cookies

Back home this day is not a big day, and it has never meant anything special to me. It’s not something I ever celebrated. This has a bright side… I never felt bad for not having a date on February 14th because it was just like any other day. So one less traumatic event form adolescence to worry about!
Now I am surrounded by it and reminded constantly about this big, romantic day! Every pastry shop in Paris is doing cakes to celebrate love as are the chocolate stores… Everything is very very pretty! Gorgeous really. So I decided to give it a go. Plus I happen to have a date for the occasion, so I’m feeling pretty valentiny (yes I justmade up the word!).
Valentine's Day Cookies
Chicken Pie

Chicken Pie

As I write this I am sitting at a cool café called Café Craft by the Canal Saint Martin. The cool kids’ neighborhood. I came here with a friend looking for a working space away from home. She did the internet research and came across this place. Common tables, where you can find individual work spaces with plug-ins for your computer or your phone and excellent coffee.
There’s chicken pie on the menu today. Oh oh oh. You’ll love this. I’m sure. This is one the hits we use to have while growing up. It was always a happy day when the answer to the question “what are we have having for dinner today?” was “chicken pie!”. Mostly we got this answer during the winter, it is a wintery kind of meal I think; that’s why I thought of making it now. I was inspired by the cold!
Chicken Pie
Crème Caramel

Crème Caramel

I spent the holiday season in Buenos Aires, where I come from. And I think all we did was eat. Because over there everything is organized around food. You get together with friends and family either to have breakfast, lunch, tea (we do this a lot, it’s kind of big deal), aperitif or dinner. Take your pick.
We take food seriously down there. In my family it’s a very serious matter. Usually we make enough food to feed an army, because nothing worse than not having enough to feed your guests!!
My grandamother invited us over lunch and I knew I should maybe skip breakfast. There was Manena (my grandma), me and my boyfriend. Only three. And you can’t imagine all the food there was!! And the best part was the Crème Caramel we had for dessert, or as we call it in Argentina "El Flan" that was accompanied by a small scoop of dulce de leche! The one you can see in the picture below is the one we had that day!
Crème Caramel