Thursday, July 2, 2009

Coco Avant Chanel Tres French Chic!

After listening to numerous reports about how wonderful the new film, Coco Avant Chanel ( is I finally got my turn to see it last night.

The film is magical, and even if you are not into the fashion, the story of a girl who has ambition and follows her dream is at the very core of the storyline. It has love, life and death, all set in beautiful surrounds of the fabulously wealthy and the pleasantly peasant poor.

Audrey Tautou is splendid, and portrays Coco as many would imagine she lived. Her passion and famous ‘you should always take one thing off before leaving the house’ is evident throughout the film – her simple tastes and style start from an early age and it is easy to see why women coveted the clothes she designed. Way ahead of her time, Chanel wore pants long before they were popular for women and pioneered the French fisherman/sailor look.

Visit for further inspiration and to see how an orphan girl became one of fashion’s greatest visionaries and a label still relevant today.

In honour of Chanel and her Parisian dreams, today’s recipe is for French toast. Nice and simple, but oh so good!!

French Toast (serves 2)

2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbs thin cream
30g unsalted butter
4 thick slices brioche (square)
1 banana, sliced
Creme fraiche, to dollop
Maple syrup, to drizzle
Ground cinnamon, to dust

Beat the eggs together with the vanilla and cream. Heat the butter in a large non-stick frypan over medium heat. When butter is sizzling, dip brioche slices in egg mixture, then place in the pan. Cook brioche for 2 minutes on each side, or until golden.
To serve, stack 2 slices of french toast on each plate, then top with slices of banana and a small dollop of creme fraiche. Drizzle with maple syrup and dust with cinnamon.

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