Le cul entre les deux chaises

An American Spaniard in France or: How I Learned to Make an Ass of Myself in Three Cultures

Healing through snacking


I can’t bake. As a skill, it combines two of the things I’m bad at (math and science). For the past few years, I’ve also literally not been able to bake since I haven’t lived in a place with an oven. Both of these facts posed significant obstacles when I was looking around for ways to cheer myself up and kept reading about how people were making cookies or cakes after being shaken up by the Boston bombings. I still wanted to do something for myself, so I fell back on my default position: make some variation on peanut butter cups.

Choc pb pretzel 1

Chocolate covered pretzels with peanut butter (for dipping) was the result. Added bonus: they take very little time to prepare and are quickly ready to eat.

Le cul’s Sweet Carolines (they’re “so good, so good“)

  1. Melt baker’s chocolate in the microwave. (I lined the bowl with wax/parchment paper to lessen mess-factor.)
  2. Dip, dredge or drizzle chocolate on pretzels. Place on wax/parchment paper.
  3. Sprinkle with good salt. (None of that table salt business.)
  4. Place in freezer until chocolate has hardened to your taste.
  5. Slather with peanut butter.
  6. Smile quietly while licking fingers (bowl licking optional).

Choc pb pretzel 2 Choc pb pretzel 3

Author: le cul en rows

I'm an American Spaniard, living in France. I like to tell stories.

7 thoughts on “Healing through snacking

  1. Glad to hear you found a way to cheer yourself up…looks very yummy. By the way, I have found peanut butter at Carrefour Market that isn’t too expensive. The brand is Calvé made in the Netherlands and it sells for 2.20€ a jar and it is very good – natural without added sugar. (Suzanne)

  2. What about all those odd “no-bake cookie” recipes that everyone’s mom made in the 1970s. You could still make those ;-)

    • “No-bake” you say? I’ve never heard of such things but as my mother was an immigrant, she didn’t cotton to weird American foods. Ex. we never had: Jell-O, Cool-Whip, anything where Coke or 7-Up were ingredients and no desserts that were “made” in the fridge.
      I will investigate these cookies of which you speak though. I’ve clearly lived too long without them.

      • They are probably not worth the effort. Maybe invest in a small toaster oven for small-scale baking? That’s what we did our first 2 years in China…

  3. No-bake cookies are the best! I have some recipes — one that involves “baking” with booze. Yes, booze in cookies.

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