Croque Madame


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If you are a friend of mine of Facebook, you knew that I went home for Christmas. It is very rare that I will make the trip home for the holidays because we spend Christmas Eve here with family and then leave for France on Christmas day which always makes for a very short trip. Moreover, the airfare can be very expensive at this time of the year so we tend to not do that too often. This year, however, we chose to take the trip for several reasons:

1. we had sky miles that help us pay for our airfares.

2. having lost my grandmother this summer, I needed to spend time with my “surrogate” mother, my aunt and showed her how much she meant to us.

3. It had been more than a year since I had gone home.

So we went home. My daughter brought her boyfriend along so obviously we toured Paris as if we had never done so. 

It was all so beautiful!!!!IMG_0494

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Since we were staying at my aunt’s, we didn’t get to dine out often because my aunt wanted to spoil us with yummy French homemade meals and because we were just as happy staying home in company of our loved ones.

The only time we ate out was to stop for a coffee at a cafe, dessert and tea at a Tea salon, or for lunch.

One day as we were walking around the Galeries Lafayette, everyone was getting hungry so we decided to stop for a bite at the famous Cafe de La paix.

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If you have never been, it is worth the stop. It is on the pricey side, but the food and the service is so upscale that  you will not be disappointed with going there.

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The menu is so selective, that we could have ordered Caviar, foie gras, Oysters on the shelf, but we were so hungry and cold that everyone of us ordered the same thing: Croque Monsieur and Croque Madame.

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I have long been familiar with Croque Madame and Croque Monsieur, but the one I had at that restaurant was so outstanding that the minute I got home, I made some the recreate those flavor I had eaten.

Why Do I share this recipe only now?? because that way my sweet daughter can follow my recipe and make it herself if she decides to;-)

Ingredients for 4 Croque Madame:

  • 8 slices of honey wheat or white bread
  • butter
  • 8 slices of good quality ham ( not to thin)
  • 2 cups of milk
  • 2-3 tbsp of flour
  • 5 cups of gruyere grated
  • hot mustard ( French Dijon preferably)
  1. Turn the oven to 400. Slather some butter on each side of bread, and lay the bread flat on a large silpat that you would have placed on a large perforated sheet.
  2. Place the bread in the oven to toast for 5-8 minutes or until the bread is a light brown color.
  3. While the bread is toasting, melt 2 tbsp of butter in a medium sized saucepan and when the butter has melted, add 2 tbsp of flour. Stir the flour to make a roux.
  4. Warm up the milk in the microwave for 2 minutes and pour it over the roux. Continue stirring until the milk thickens and make a thick white sauce. Season with salt and pepper, and add 1 cup of grated gruyere. Stir well.
  5. To assemble the croque monsieur, place a toast down. Spread some mustard, sprinkle some grated cheese ( about 1/4 cup), then place the slice of ham, IMG_0930sprinkle another 1/4 cup of cheese.IMG_0928
  6. Place another toast on top. IMG_0931
  7. Spread about 1/4 cup of white sauce on the top of the bread. Sprinkle another 1/4 cup of cheese.IMG_0932
  8. Repeat the same process for the rest of the toasts.
  9. Place the toasts back onto the large silpat and toast them for another 10 minutes at 400,  or until the cheese is melted and golden.IMG_0933
  10. Meanwhile, warm up a small frying pan over medium high heat. Melt 1 tbsp of butter and when the butter is sizzling, crack an egg. and sizzle it.
  11. To serve, place the egg over the cheese toast, and eat the sandwich with a green salad in a mustard vinaigrette.IMG_0935Easy, Yummy and Conforting!!! Perfect for those winter months;-)

Bon Appetit and Happy Cooking!!!

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Croque Madame

  • Servings: 4-8
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients for 4 Croque Madame:

  • 8 slices of honey wheat or white bread
  • butter
  • 8 slices of good quality ham ( not to thin)
  • 2 cups of milk
  • 2-3 tbsp of flour
  • 5 cups of gruyere grated
  • hot mustard ( French Dijon preferably)
  1. Turn the oven to 400. Slather some butter on each side of bread, and lay the bread flat on a large silpat that you would have placed on a large perforated sheet.
  2. Place the bread in the oven to toast for 5-8 minutes or until the bread is a light brown color.
  3. While the bread is toasting, melt 2 tbsp of butter in a medium sized saucepan and when the butter has melted, add  2 tbsp of flour. Stir the flour to make a roux.
  4. Warm up the milk in the microwave for 2 minutes and pour it over the roux. Continue stirring until the milk thickens and make a thick white sauce. Season with salt and pepper, and add 1 cup of grated gruyere. Stir well.
  5. To assemble the croque monsieur, place a toast down. Spread some mustard, sprinkle some grated cheese ( about 1/4 cup), then place the slice of ham, sprinkle another 1/4 cup of cheese. Place another toast on top. Spread about 1/4 cup of white sauce on the top of the bread. Sprinkle another 1/4 cup of cheese.
  6. Repeat the same process for the rest of the toasts.
  7. Place the toasts back onto the large silpat and toast them for another 10 minutes at 400 or until the cheese is melted and golden.
  8. Meanwhile, warm up a small frying pan over medium high heat. Melt 1 tbsp of butter and when the butter is sizzling, crack an egg. and sizzle it.
  9. To serve, place the egg over the cheese toast, and eat the sandwich with a green salad in a mustard vinaigrette. Easy, Yummy and Conforting!!! Perfect for those winter months;-)

Bon Appetit and Happy Cooking!!!

Ah Paris….



You will probably say that being French, and Parisian myself, I am biased about this city. But to me, Paris is one of the most beautiful place in the world. It is so majectic with its enormous, yet gorgeous monuments that i cannot help being amazed at the beautiful scenery everytime I come to visit. I love Paris not just for its beauty, but for its electricity. The city stays alive 24 hours a day, with people walking everywhere, and running to catch a cab, or a bus. When I come to Paris, I generally come with my children for a week so we have times to walk around and enjoy our favorite places. My children love to go to La Villette, the city of science ( which is an interactive educational center for children and adults), to the Champs Elysees,

to Le Musee D’orsay for its impressionsist painters,  to Notre Dame for its Gargoyles, and to La Duree on the Champs Elysees for its macarons. We love to walk on ” Les Quais de la Seine”, and sit at cafes watching people walk by. We love to window shop. I find it very expensive to shop in France since the exchange rate is very seldom in our favors.

This time around, our visit with my friends was much shorter so we had to decide what to see. In two days, it was a race to see the most and I am proud to say that we did quite well. I was able to show all they wished to see. Yeah!!!!

Among the many things we did, the Eiffel Tower was our first stop. We went to the top of course to see the whole Paris. If you have the chance to go, I advise you to go up to see. It is breathtaking! Then after that, ride one of those ancient carousel. It is so so much fun!

We also went to the Notre Dame on sunday during the morning service. It was so neat to be there to listen to the service in French. It brought me back to my childhood:-). We then went on to l’Ile de Paris, and window shop in les rues du vieux Paris. You will find the best souvenirs and presents there.

After that we walked on les quais de Paris on the left bank to look at les Bouquinistes ( people who sell second hand books and posters). I purchased several old posters of French Food Ads to display in my basement. I was so happy of my find!!!

Another place we went to was  Sacre Coeur, and old Montmartre. We walked to la place du Tertre to see the artists of various countries painting, singing and offering all kind of crafts. Whoah it was so crowded. If you go, I advise not to go on the week-end because Parisian like to wonder around too which makes the place very very busy… When we went there, they also had a festival of Perigord ( region of France in the South West) so we were able to see what food or spirits were typical of the region. We could even sample. How neat that was for my fellow friends:-)

One of our stop of course was Les Galleries Lafayette. One cannot go to Paris without stopping in this shopping center, if only to  look around.It is so grand. And its glass ceiling  so sublime!

Another stop was Le Moulin Rouge. One of my friend wanted to go see the dancing presented in the movie with Nicole Kidman. I had been already. It is fun, but think twice about going. It is very expensive.If you do decide to go, do not buy the show with the meal. It makes it more expensive and the food is only average. But do go for the show. If brings you back in time. And it is a great cabaret.

Well, I could go on and on about our visit of Paris but my entry will be endless so I will leave you here until next time. I hope that I, nevertheless, gave you the envy to come to my native city to visit!!!!

A bientot mes amis….