OSI: Isabelle from Les gourmandises d’Isa

Warm welcome to TWD baker, Isabelle from Les gourmandises d’Isa, our host for the Arborio Rice Pudding this week.

(My apologies that it was posted a little late.)

1. When did you start baking?
When I was 5 or 6, my first recipes were crepes. Later on, I had great teachers as all my uncles work in different fields of the culinary sphere.

Arborio Rice Pudding

Arborio Rice Pudding

2. Do you have a favorite baking memory?
Making croissants with my uncle. I would roll them and shape them, but the goal was always to end up having a couple of warm, right out of the oven croissants with him.

3. Who is your TWD blog idol?
I don’t have any idols per say. I do love what Vibi of “La casserole carrée” does, plus I’m lucky to count her as a great friend. She writes great posts that somehow, make one feel more intelligent. I also very much admire what Lynn of “Café Lynnylu” and Peabody, can achieve.

4. What has been your favorite TWD recipe so far?
The Most Extraordinary French Lemon Cream Tart.

The Most Extraordinary Lemon Cream Tart

The Most Extraordinary Lemon Cream Tart

5. What recipe are you dying to make that no one has picked yet?
All of them, if there was one in particular, I would have proposed it this week.

6. What 2 questions would you ask Dorie if you ever met her?
“Tell the truth Dorie… how are the French?”
“Have you ever heard of “pouding chômeur”? It is the best dessert in the world.”

7. Share one food item that best describes the last year of your life. (example: “frozen pizza” because I did a 180-degree turn this year, or “cinnamon roll” because it had lots of twists and turns but overall was pretty sweet)
An elaborate add-on cake, as we’ve been renovating all year.

8. What one item in the kitchen best describes you and your personality?
My Kitchen Aid, I can ask him just about anything, he’s scared of nothing.

9. What’s your favorite band or CD of all time?
Thomas Fersen – “Pièce montée des grands jours”

10. If you could live anywhere in the world for a year, where would it be?
In India. Indian aromas, colours and cuisine are of great interest to me.

11. Complete the statement “I recommend…” (it can be a show, movie, book, restaurant, website, activity, etc.)
Broadening your horizons; Opening yourself to other cultures, go towards others… try learning another language or at least, understanding it. Don’t confine yourself, visit blogs from all over the world (many of them have automatic translators, look for them!).

12. If you knew you could try anything and not fail (and money was no object), what dream would you attempt?
I’d open a bistro with music and dancing, next to a lake or a river… or perhaps a B&B.

Pumpkin Muffins

Pumpkin Muffins

13. What super-power would you most like to have, and why?
I’d like to be rested in the blink of an eye. For obvious reasons.

14. If you had 1 hour of free time, no distractions, what would you do?
I’d spent time in a hamman (a middle-eastern type of spa).

15. What is the meal and dessert you would choose as your very last?
A huge platter of sea food, including lobster, shrimps, etc. and Martin Picard’s “pouding chômeur” for dessert.

16. What is the “strangest” food you ever ate?
I had Guinea pig and coypu pâté. There are a couple of Asian fruits and vegetables I find simply too strange.

17. What are three adjectives that describe you?
Always smiling, well… I try to be.



18. What is your favorite thing about yourself?
Duh… my pinky toe.

19. Have you ever met a famous person? who?
No one.

20. What’s your favorite spice?
A tie between Tonka bean, cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla.

21. Do you speak another language? (If yes, say something and translate)
I’m Francophone and Francophile. I can read and understand English. I understand Spanish, Italian, Greek and Latin. “Ich spreche Deutsh ein wenig” (I speak a little German).

22. Do you have any pets? (List what kind of pet, names etc)
Two cats : Fersen and Sacha. Come Springtime, I generally have 6 chicken, all called “Ginette” (One could perhpas translate “Ginette” with “Phillis” or “Gertrude”!)

Sacha the cat

Sacha the cat

23. Are you a ‘morning’ or ‘night’ person?
Both… I never stop.

24. What was the last book you read?
Herbert Liberman – Le tueur et son ombre (A thriller that could be translated by “The killer and his shadow”).

25. “2 Truths And a Lie” – Share 3 unique things about yourself and your life, 2 of them true, 1 false, and let the group guess which one isn’t true.
1. I was born on the day J.F.K. was shot.
2. I’m not canadian.
3. I hate pumpkin.


7 thoughts on “OSI: Isabelle from Les gourmandises d’Isa

  1. That was so cool to listen to your favorite singer. Love that you included the youtube video! Man I wish I would have thought of that for mine! I say #2 is false. I have no idea why. Just a guess. Am I right??
    PS. Votre chat est si en peluche et beau. Je regrette que j’aie été allergique aux chats. (Your cat is so fluffy and beautiful. I wish I wasn’t allergic to cats.)

  2. My guess is #2 too!

    I love your favorite baking memory…sounds like your family is great.

    I also want to visit India so badly. My parents went for their 30th wedding anniversary and said it was wonderful. I loooove Indian food! Actually, I love any ethnic food :)

  3. Ah, moi je ne révélerai pas la réponse puisque je la connais! C’était super d’apprendre à mieux te connaître. Et je suis bien contente que tu aies mentionné notre pouding chomeur national!

    (I won’t reveal the answer because I already know! It’s great to get to know you better. I’m so glad you mentionned our national dessert, the “pouding chomeur”! )

  4. OK, alors moi je dis que le mensonge c’est le numéro 1. Et je suis parfaitement d’accord avec toi, il n’y a rien de meilleur qu’un bon pouding chômeur. En fait c’était l’un des desserts préférés de mon père. :)

    [ OK, so I’m going to say that number 1 is the lie. And I totally agree with you that there is nothing better that a good “pouding chômeur”. It was one of my dad’s favorite desserts. :) ]

  5. Hi Isa! I alway love reading your blog, even through Google Translator which gives sometimes mangles things. (Wish I remembered enough French to read it — I can make out some words and phrases here an there…)

    #2 seems so unlikely that I wonder if it could really be true!

  6. I confess everything the lie was #1. It’s not me who was born on november 22th but my cousin. My birthday is the same day as Oprah Winfrey (not the same year though!)…too cool! Thanks to all :)

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