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Saturday afternoon, Micaela and Pietro came back from their Panettone search with two nice traditional panettones. They also took our artificial Christmas tree that had been expecting us since last January in the cellar. 
Felicia and Lisa were so happy to, « enfin », decorate the Christmas tree. It’s a tradition in our family to decorate the Christmas tree after Felicia’s birthday. 
Maybe, we waited a little too long this year. The week had been very busy. 
The girls took the different parts of the the tree out of the box and Micaela started to assemble them. 
But something was going wrong. The branches would not stand as they should, they kept going down. I suggested that maybe it had been assembled the wrong way, but it hadn’t been, so we asked Pietro for help. 
This is the Petit Conte de Noël that you are going to hear in today’s episode. 
Have wonderful  « fêtes de fin d’année »! Cultivate Your French will be back on January the 6th. 

All the information about the transcripts, notes and photo is available at www.cultivateyourfrench.com

 

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All the information about the transcripts, notes and photo is available at www.cultivateyourfrench.com

Last Sunday, it was Felicia’s birthday. We had planned to see my parents and I had ordered a Paris-Brest at Stéphane Glacier’s pâtisserie. Stéphane Glacier is a MOF, Meilleur Ouvrier de France.

The Paris-Brest is a cake that was created at the end of the 19th century by a pâtissier from Normandy to celebrate the cycle race between Paris and Brest in Brittany. It is made of pâte à choux which takes the shape of a bicycle wheel and stuffed with praline crème mousseline.

It was the first time we had to organize ourselves with the strange circumstances. And there was something we hadn’t planned, this is what you are going to hear in today’s episode. 

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You are listening to Cultivate Your French podcast, ONE slow french episode every week. 
My name is Laetitia, I’m French, I live just outside Paris and I share with you a small slice of my daily life here in France. I also run the podcast OTH since 2006
All the information about the transcripts, notes and photo is available at www.cultivateyourfrench.com

A few days ago, on a cold and cloudy afternoon,I went to see my friend Pauline. She lives in a house at fifteen minutes walking from our home. We had planned to bake a chocolate soufflé together. This was the second time we met about making soufflés, but the first time it was at my home and we had cooked a cheese soufflé. 
Pauline had chosen a recipe from Cyril Lignac. He is a famous chef in France, maybe the most famous, he owns a restaurant in Paris, and several pâtisseries. He’s often seen on TV, he takes part in TV shows about cooking or pâtisserie. Of course, he has written many cookbooks!
He’s a very smiling man and he has a sweet south of France accent. 
In today’s episode, you are going to hear Pauline and I in the kitchen. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to smell the warm chocolate aromas. 

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You are listening to Cultivate Your French podcast, ONE slow french episode every week. 
My name is Laetitia, I’m French, I live just outside Paris and I share with you a small slice of my daily life here in France. I also run the podcast OTH since 2006
All the information about the transcripts, notes and photo is available at www.cultivateyourfrench.com

You know that France has been placed on lockdown for a month now. The ambiance is very different than the first lockdown : people can go working, our children go to school. From our windows, life is almost normal. I can see the trains going to Paris, there are buses and cars on the road, there are people in the streets. 
Last week, Emmanuel Macron, our president, made a live TV appearance to speak about the easing of lowdown in France. he annoucened that lockdown would be until december 15 th and he also announced changes in restrictions. 
In this episode, I tell you about our new life under lockdown and my new favourite sentence. 

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