Le cul entre les deux chaises

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

I chou-chou-choose you!


I gave up on French pastries a while back. Part of me didn’t want to suffer the insult of hidden cream-filledness. Another part didn’t want to ask what precisely was in every baked good. Another just didn’t crave potentially sweet things and a final part woke up some days wanting Chips Ahoy cookies (which actually happened even though I don’t really like Chips Ahoy cookies).

So, color me surprised when I was at my bakery and saw this thing and it looked at me all helplessly through the glass case and I told the girl to wrap it up ’cause I was taking it home.

Hohn-hohn, c'est bonne!

Hohn-hohn, c’est bonne!

It’s called a religieuse and is a small cream puff on top of a bigger cream puff. This one was chocolate flavored and instead of having gross cream in it, it had the same icing on the top as in the center of both puffs. It was damnably good which is a pun since a religieuse is a nun. (More on that tomorrow.)

Learn something

Cream puffs are made of choux pastry, a special batter that puffs easily and grows up and out in a rounded way, like its namesake, cabbage. Cabbage is a weird word, one which my dictionary says comes from Old French caboche [head], which is doubly weird since “head” is tête but in Spanish it’s cabeza which is much closer to caboche. I’m calling this whole thing off while I’m still ahead.

Author: le cul en rows

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

2 thoughts on “I chou-chou-choose you!

  1. I really miss French pastries. I miss waking up, walking downstairs to the nearest bakery or patisserie shop and getting a pastry or two for in the morning. I miss brioche and chocolate croissants the most I think. Maybe I need to learn how to make bread…

    • Idunno. Life was certainly easier when I didn’t have such temptations. Hell, my Whole Foods didn’t even carry pain de campagne (my fave) all the time so I could go weeks without any good baked stuff.

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