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Spring is in the Air

Posted Mar 24 2010 4:02pm

I think Spring is my favorite time of year. It’s funny really… In Florida, we don’t really have seasons. Not for real. There isn’t really a distinction between Summer and Fall, Winter and Spring – ya know what I mean? It’s like so subtle, that you could almost miss it.

 

Well, after surviving my first winter in Paris (save for one year living in Connecticut – random), the turn of Spring has made me giddy with excitement, and has left me feeling a whole new sympathy for those living in colder climates full time. Props to you, guys. I don’t know how you do it!

It’s funny actually– I haven’t really taken into consideration the whole winter thing. Not until now that it’s over at least. I mean, I brought jackets and coats and what not – but I didn’t really think too much about how it would affect my body, how I feel and what I eat.

 

So as the weather gets warmer (we saw temps near the 70s today!), I’ve felt a major shift in my mood…and of course, my appetite.

 

Take the other day for example. I woke up wanting one thing, and one thing only. Green juice.

 

Well, the whole raw food, juicing movement hasn’t quite caught on here in Paris, but I finally found a place where I could get my fix and was so excited to get my hands on this yummy lunch today…

Green Juice Paris

I went to Bob’s Juice Bar in the tenth arrondissement and got the formule – a large juice and a quinoa salad,

bob's juice bar quinoa salad Quinoa salad from bob's juice bar paris quinoa salad from bob's juice bar paris 2 

and was more than happy with my experience there! The people were very nice, and were more than willing to whip up something special for my juice blend. This one had cucumber, spinach, apple, ginger and lemon. And they even blended in some spirulina at the end. Oh. And they spoke English. Double bonus.

 

After enjoying my salad, and savoring every sip of my green drink, I came home to relax for a bit and finally spent a little bit of time in the kitchen after several days of a hiatus.

 

I whipped up a batch of my Stove Top Granola with a little some somethin’ extra this time – a little tropical mix of dried fruit. Yum.

mixed fruit for granola

I seriously love this stuff. And it’s so easy! I enjoyed the fruits of my labor (pun intended) over a little bit of yogurt this afternoon.

yogurt and granola stove top granola stove top granola 2 stove top tropical granola

Other than granola, I haven’t much felt like getting in the kitchen lately. Perhaps it’s the sunny Paris days that are luring me away from the kitchen. Or perhaps it’s the less than easy work space…

 

Would you like the grand tour? It will just take a second Wink

 

This is the extent of our counter space. And you have to hope you don’t need to chop anything and get into the microwave at the same time…

small parisian kitchen small parisian kitchen 3

And our pantry. Well…

small parisian kitchen 4

…it needs work.

Oh, and don’t get me started on the kitchen gadgets. This is our most heavy duty knife…

dull knife 2

…and it couldn’t hurt a fly! Oh and that last picture also features our dishwasher….hand power, baby!

small parisian kitchen 5

Looks like the, ahem, dishwasher has been slacking on the job. I see a few things in the sink! Oopsie.

 

Needless to say, my kitchen adventures (besides the granola which luckily requires no real effort) have been less than inspired. I like the whole get in get out of the kitchen method – preparing a dish on a weekend (like Vegetable Stew for instance) and eating the leftovers until you’re blue in the face they’re gone.

 

Speaking of leftovers, I jazzed up the last of my veggie stew tonight with some broccoli and fresh shaved parmesan.

 leftover vegetable stew

Even these veggies had a little taste of the Spring that’s in the air – lots of zucchini, eggplant, and tomatoes. Love.

 

Luckily the weather is turning and things that don’t require top much kitchen time like salads are sounded much more appealing. I have all these ideas in my head for really delicious recipes, and I can’t wait to put some of my ideas to the test when I get home – just bear with me for the next 5.5 weeks, k?

 

How about you? First – do you live somewhere with a real winter? Like…ya know. With that white stuff… I think it’s called snow Wink

And do you notice your tastes changing as the seasons change? What are you craving? What are some of your favorite Spring recipes? What’s your favorite time of year?

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