Thursday, December 22, 2011

Vive la France et le Cookie Monster

by Gigi

One of my fondest childhood memories is of having a Cookie Monster cake. I swear I can remember the heavenly taste of the florescent blue frosting. (I looked everywhere for a photo of what it looked like, but even Google let me down; 21st century Cookie Monster cakes look nothing like 1980 Cookie Monster cakes.)

From there, my experience with cookies went downhill.

Put a platter of cookies in front of me and I don't have to use willpower to resist them. Cookies have no allure for me. But present me with a plate of rich cheeses or buttery croissants, and that plate will be licked clean before you know it.

In spite of my struggles to move beyond intermediate French, I've always thought I'd make a good French person based on my taste in food.

Those French have it right. Strong coffee, rich savory pastries, good cheese just about everywhere, fresh produce at outdoor markets, wine carafes of whatever size strikes your fancy, long lunches every day.

Cheese shop. (I wish I was eating some cheese right now.)

A market with berry and asparagus varieties I hadn't seen before.

An outdoor cafe where it's virtually impossible to get your bill and leave (I'm not saying that's a bad thing).

Salad at a Paris cafe.

I frequently tell myself I'm going to slow down and take those long lunches. Days at work are busy, so it's easy to tell yourself that eating at your desk is the best thing to do. But I know in the back of my head that it's not the right choice.

Since it's the season of making resolutions, one of my resolutions is to step away from my desk for lunch, be it at at my home office or my workplace office. I should also resolve to sort through childhood photos to find a photo of that delicious Cookie Monster cake. But not right now. After writing this, I find myself with a strong desire to have a cup of coffee and a slice of cheese...


Rachael Herron said...

GREAT resolution, one I can't keep at my day job, since we eat ALL our meals at our desks, but at the home job? I'm going to try to do that.

Gigi Pandian said...

Rachael, I've made this resolution before, so I can only hope that due to epiphanies of the past year that it will stick this time!

Sophie Littlefield said...

Gigi, i never made that cookie monster cake but I remember distinctly that it was a Wilton cake mold :) And that blue frosting....

I too have resolved to be a little more thoughtful about food - especially lunches - in the new year. You've inspired me....because of my extended family's insistence on only organic and local fare, i'll be shopping at whole foods for the next couple of weeks and I'll be buying wonderful things. Maybe I'll get hoooked!

Lisa Hughey said...

Now I'm hungry! And I've had coffee (and likely croissant) at Cafe du Marche. How fun is that?

Oh, the cookie monster cake. You have to have blue frosting lousy with food color. :)

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