Thursday, June 2, 2016

Three Disparate Things

1.  The Seine continues to flood.  It is predicted to overflow by as much as 16 ft., heights not seen since 1960.  The Louvre and the Musee d'Orsay notified employees that they will be closing early if not altogether today.  A Metro line that mainly takes tourists to the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame has been closed for fear of flooding.  The bateau mouches or sightseeing boats that routinely crowd the Seine are not running.  The water has risen enough that the boats might scrape their roofs on the bridge undersides. 

2.  Sometimes one runs across a line so good that you want to use it to death.  This is the one that did it for me - "Why don't I have any tattoos?  For the same reason you wouldn't put a bumper sticker on a Ferrari."  Is that great or what?

3.  Speaking of boats, Bon Appetit missed theirs.  In an article about grilling pizzas, they wrote that they are officially adding eggs to the list of Great Pizza Toppings!  O wow!  Bon Appetit says!

Except that the French have been adding an egg for at least the last 10 years, probably longer.  BA says to break the egg over the pizza dough, cover it with cheese or whatever and cook the pizza.  "By the time the crust is bubbling and brown, the whites will be cooked and the yolks still runny."

They do it differently in France.  The cooked pizza is brought to you with a raw egg in the half shell in the center of the pizza.  You dump the egg on the pizza and the heat cooks it.   I would never have known this if Michelle hadn't ordered a pizza at lunch in Versailles.  Also of note:  little packets of chili oil replaced red chili flakes there.

Bon Appetit's "Italian Breakfast Pizza" - Ricotta + cooked pancetta + eggs, cracked black pepper, parmesan, olive oil and flaky salt.  I think any truly Italian pizza eater would brain you with the pizza shovel if you dared order it.  But who am I not to say "Live dangerously!" 

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