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50 Foods #23: Roquefort cheese

Origin: France
Date: 1411
Type: Blue cheese

Finally! A yummy topic!

If it’s one thing the French love besides their wine, it’s cheese. France is home to over 600 types of cheeses, but this has been a debate over the years with some reports claiming close to 1,000 while some say its closer to 400. Whatever the case may be, the French are proud to be a cheese consuming nation.

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The Roquefort cheese is a sheep milk goat cheese that originated in the South of France. Only cheeses produced in the caves of Mont Combalou near the village of Roquefort-sur-Soulzon in the Midi-Pyrenees region can legally and rightfully bear the name Roquefort. It is one of the world’s best-known blue cheese and sometimes called the ‘King of cheeses’.

The Roquefort serves a delightful palate when paired with a nice bottle of Sauvignon Blanc.

Would I eat it?: I love trying all kinds of cheese, so yes. 😋

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50 Foods #21: Cassoulet

Origin: Languedoc
Date: 1355
Type: Meat and bean stew

I did some research on the Cassoulet for my food project a few years ago. Food history is really interesting! The Cassoulet is said to be from Languedoc, a former province of France. Who would’ve thought that a simple meat and bean stew from the French countryside would become a huge thing in restaurants worldwide? This dish can also be cooked with duck and pork sausages. One can buy canned Cassoulet in France in groceries and supermarkets.

Would I eat it?: Yes, I’ll eat the chicken Cassoulet. 🙂

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Daily prompt catch-up: December 23-25

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December 23rd: The guilt that haunts me

Share a time when you were overcome with guilt. What were the circumstances? How did you overcome your guilt?

I don’t deal well with guilt at all. I tend to feel bad and I must apologize before it consumes me whole.

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December 24th: The best day ever

You get to enjoy the best day ever — describe in detail what that means to you. Where are you? What will you do? What’s the weather like? What will you eat? Who will you see?

Why does this feel more like an interrogation than an actual prompt?

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Anyways, I’ll humor today’s prompt. I’ll be on my French trip with close family and friends. We’ll do sightseeing, take in a Ligue 1 match, and try to impress locals with our French (although I’ve read that the French prefer to speak in English to foreigners to impress them with their English. Oh well!) The weather would be fine, but humid, because one can never predict a French summer! We’ll eat croissants, fine chocolate, macarons, eclairs, and bite off the end of piping hot baguettes. 

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More like, best week ever, but who’s asking? 😛

December 25th: I was here

You are the first astronaut to arrive on a new, uncharted planet. Write the note that you leave to those who come after you.

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Liebster Award

La Petit Muse is an award-free zone, but I do make exceptions from time to time. 🙂

I was nominated by my bestie Tammy over on Godinspiredart for this award. Mon amie, merci beaucoup! ❤ I’ll also like to thank my mother and father for raising me into the woman that I am today. My sisters for being there for me and… okay, enough playing. Let’s do this.

1. If you could be any animal on earth, what would it be and why?

An eagle. It is the sign of strength given that they soar with ease without flapping their wings. They fly alone (they don’t have no time for bird gossip!), they’re patient and they’re faithful for life and they’re majestic beauties. ❤

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2. If you had to write the soundtrack of your life, what would be the first three songs? 

Heart of Worship – Michael W. Smith

Forever – Michael W. Smith

Enjoy the Silence – Depeche Mode

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3. If your death was imminent, what would you choose as your last meal?

Gaaa! I must’ve bumped into this question like 99 times this year! I’ll have to go with macaroni pie, tiramisu for dessert and coffee. There is always room for coffee. 

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4. What movie that has not yet been made would you pay good money to see?

The one where they actually told the story from the Biblical point of view and not man’s.

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5. What was your favorite age to be and why?

The age that I am now.

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6. What is the one book that has most inspired your writing and/or life?

It’s always the Holy Bible.

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7. If you could live anywhere you please, without that pesky restraint called money, where would it be and why?

You know there is only one place for me!

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Well, that was fun. Thanks again, Tammykins. ❤

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31 days of lists challenge: days 11-15

This challenge has been so much fun thus far!

Day 11: Things I miss

At the moment, nothing.

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Day 12: Places I want to travel to

I made a Thursday Ten travel wishlist, but I am yet to schedule it. I’ll love to travel the world, but let’s face it, that’s farfetched at the moment given the times that we’re living in. Anyways, to name a few, I’ll love to visit places such as the El Deir aka The Monastery in Petra, Jordan; Meteora, Greece; the Rice Terrace Fields in Mu Cang Chai, Vietnam; Egypt, India, the Amazon, Italy, the Li River in China and of course, EVERYWHERE in France because France is bae. ❤

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Day 13: Modes of transportation I want to take

A train, helicopter, and motorcycle.

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Day 14: I want to learn how to...

…keep growing in my relationship with God, write in calligraphy, draw (I used to be good at this!), write computer code and pilot a helicopter. So many things that I want to do, so little time.

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Day 15: Events I want to time travel to

I’ve literally answered this question so many times since I’ve started La Petit Muse, that the question makes me frown every time I come across it. A few events and yes, they might just be the same answers from last time:

* When Jesus first walked the earth. He performed miracles and walked on water, yet, people didn’t believe that the Messiah walked and preached amongst them because they were scattered sheep looking for someone else. Jesus is the ULTIMATE example of what a role model should be and I can’t wait for His Majesty to grace our presence soon. ❤

* When Solomon was king. Although he was the wisest man who ever lived, he was also curiously foolish and flawed just like any other human being and his sins speak to us in this modern day pursuit of materialism. I can go on and on about Solomon, but since I plan on writing about the Bible soon, I’ll have to leave it for now. I would’ve liked to have been present when he built the first temple on Mount Moriah and that majestic palace.

* When King Louis XIV ruled France from Versailles. He contributed so much not only to France but to the world. No wonder why women fainted in his presence (especially when he danced)! Michael Jackson who? Ballet was refined and formalized in Louis’s court. He owns my French historical monarch heart. I like learning about monarchs, but only if they were French and this King is my absolute favorite of the bunch.

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Book #83: Are You Afraid of the Dark?

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In four cities across the world, four people die violently and mysteriously. The dead share a single crucial link: each was connected to an all-powerful environmental think tank. Two of the victims’ widows-accomplished artist Diane Stevens and international supermodel Kelly Harris-may hold the key to their husbands’ demise. Terrified for their lives, suspicious of each other, and armed only with their own wits and guile, they must join forces in a nightmare cycle of hunt-and-kill. At stake is the shattering truth about the tragedies that robbed them of the men they loved…and about an awesome conspiracy whose ultimate target is as big as the earth and as close as the air we breathe.

Author: Sidney Sheldon
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (June 01st, 2005)
Chapters: 46

Pages: 399

I am so happy that I got this book on sale because it was not all that I had expected it to be.

The characters were fairly developed and there were backstories, but they were missing personalities. We have Kelly Harris, a black successful supermodel based in Paris and she’s afraid of the dark because she was raped at eight. But the story was not about her and I think the title is misleading. It should have been ‘How Many Times Can Two Dense Women Outfox a Nutty Businessman?’ In a nutshell, the story is about this businessman who yearned for power, got it, betrayed his kind and gentle brother, took over the company, built a weather machine and murdered scientists who refused to leave their company to join his. It was predictable and boring.

I was disappointed when Diane and Kelly went to the memorial at KIG and nothing thrilling happened. They just went in and back out with the help of some TV anchorman. No action.

What really irked me was the author calling the PSG football venue the Paris St-Germain stadium. He did not do his French and football research. The stadium is called Le Parc des Princes and its Paris SAINT-Germain, not ST! If you don’t want to write SAINT, at least write Paris SG or PSG! The author goes on to say that a championship game was taking place between Lyons and Marseilles. 

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I am sorry, but Lyons? Marseilles? The clubs are Olympique Lyonnais and Olympique Marseille. We call them LYON (or OL) and MARSEILLE (or l’OM), not Lyons and Marseilles!!!! THERE ARE NO Ss AT THE END OF THE TEAMS! NONE!!!!!

Did this author even do his research? I am appalled and insulted and I am not even français. 

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Okay, now back to the story.

With so many henchmen after Kate and Kelly, you’d think THAT AT ONE POINT they’d think of disguises. You’d think they wouldn’t be so stupid to contact KIG to enquire after a certain secretary. You’d think for heroines, they’d be smart, but they were really dense and I don’t buy their so-call clever slipperiness.

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The problem with the female characters is that they’re one-dimensional. Also, they aren’t real women, but the product of the author’s fantasy of what a perfect woman should be. This book goes straight to the trash.

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