Avoir du pain sur la planche

Silpat-headerI love bread. That is, I love really, really fine quality bread. Bread with an actual flavor and a crisp crust. The kind of bread that I can buy on any street in Paris, and yet is so hard to find on this side of the Atlantic. Recently, I bought a Silpat non-stick baking mat. The Silpat was invented by French baker Guy Demarle in 1965 and the non-stick silicone surface has now been extended to a whole range of baking products. Pans do not require greasing or parchment paper. The quality of the finished product is higher and clean-up is faster. They make life easier if you have a lot to do, which is the meaning of today’s expression, avoir du pain sur la planche (avwar do pa sir la plawnsh), literally “to have bread on the board.”

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About Patricia Gilbert

Patricia Gilbert is a French teacher. She's Canadian, lives in the United States, but dreams of living in France. Follow her on Instagram @Onequalitythefinest and on Twitter @1qualthefinest.
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