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.”

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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