Recette des Truffes au Chocolat

Les truffes en chocolat arrivent à la fin des préparations de Noël, on peut les faire pendant les vacances avec les enfants, car c’est une recette très facile à faire et très amusante, pour ne pas dire carrément ludique.

La recette des truffes au chocolat

250g de chocolat noir
3 cuillérées de lait
2 jaunes d’oeufs très frais
70 g de beurre
Cacao non sucré en poudre

Faire fondre le chocolat dans le lait à feu très doux. Mélanger et surveiller pour éviter la cuisson du chocolat qui ne donnerait pas de bonnes truffes comme nous les aimons dans nos campagnes.

On peut ajouter un peu d’eau pour faciliter le mélange et obtenir une belle pâte lisse.

Retirer le chocolat fondu du feu et ajouter les jaunes d’oeuf. Mélanger longuement, ajouter le beurre en petits morceaux.

Conserver cette pâte à truffes au réfrigérateur pendant 5 heures pour la faire refroidir mais surtout pour qu’elle durcisse et que les truffes en chocolat soient plus faciles à travailler sans que le chocolat ne colle aux doigts .

Avec une cuillière à café, prélever un peu de pâte et la modeler en petite boule avec les mains.
Rouler la truffe dans le cacao amer en poudre pour l’enrober.

Il faut faire les truffes au dernier moment car elles ne se conservent pas très longtemps, en effet les jaunes d’oeufs incorporés dans la pâte ne sont pas cuits.

On peut ajouter à la pâte un peu de rhum ou de grand Marnier pour la parfumer, nous préférons quant à nous les truffes en chocolat “nature”, pour que le goût du cacao soit bien mis en valeur.

Un Joyeux Noël en Normandie!

Rouen is a beautiful city that shows itself so well with its inherent charm; its cobblestone streets and timbered houses only add to the atmosphere during the Christmas season.  Normandy, as a region, is no exception. During the festive season there are endless activities to help you get in the Christmas spirit and enjoy France.

While French in Normandy will take a break for the Christmas holidays from December 21st – January 6th, 2013, students have a wide assortment of options to pass the time in Rouen, to explore Normandy and all that the region has to offer during this special season.

This Marché de Noël (Christmas Market) is a traditional European Christmas market taking place in front of the breath-taking Notre Dame Cathedral in Rouen. With over 40 stalls and plenty of hot wine, chocolatey waffles and various street performances, this market will be sure to intrigue and entertain you. It is the perfect place to meet some friends and do some shopping for traditional French Christmas souvenirs to send home to family.

The Christmas market is typically a part of a larger festival – Rouen Givrée is the winter festival in Rouen taking place in various parts of the city including the Cathedral square, Hotel de Ville and the Vieux Marché.  Events and activities include craft workshops, live entertainment, the market and even a skating rink!

Rouen Opéra offers “la place en dernière minute” for those performances that are not sold out, you can catch a last-minute seat for just 5€!  Show up at the Théâtre des Arts 15 – 30 minutes before the performance to get your ticket. Keep up with what’s happening on their facebook page.

Cirque sur l’Eau presents le Grand Cirque de Noël de Rouen from December 5 – 16th at Hangar 23; get your tickets here for a performance you will never forget!

From the 16 to 22nd of December at the Notre Dame Cathedral in Rouen, enjoy the beautiful and traditional Christmas music of a chamber choir in concert!

Tourism Normandy provides a complete listing of all the Christmas events in the region including more Christmas markets, concerts, fireworks displays, new year’s parades and festivities, light displays, Christmas trains, live nativity scenes as well as the unusual Santa sand-yachting race at Omaha Beach on December 22.

Rouen is an artistic city with endless art exhibitions going on year-round. See the complete listing on the Rouen Tourisme website.

At the Château Guillaume-le-Conquérant in Falaise, from November 15th 2012 to January 6th 2013, the castle tells the tale of the « Sleeping Beauty in the Woods ». This spectacle includes projections, scenes and musical effects, transforming the castle into the setting of Charles Perrault’s fairy tale. The magic of the fairy tale, its mystery and the delight of an unusual tour makes for an enchanting experience!

Keep up with New Year tradition! In DieppeEtretat and Fécamp one should start the New Year with an invigorating swim! Each year, swimmers venture out into the sea at 5°C ! Dare to join them or wrap up in your warm winter attire!

If you have any ideas about events and activities during the Christmas season in Normandy, please leave your suggestion in the comments!

Learn more about Christmas traditions in Normandy here.

We wish a “Joyeux Noël” and a “Bonne Année” to all the friends, students and partners of French in Normandy.

 

In Class at French in Normandy

French Lesson – Les Comparatifs (plus …… que)

Joanna is a popular A1 / A2 level teacher at French in Normandy. In this video she teaches “les comparatifs” through speaking exercises and a worksheet. Join the students and take a look inside a typical class at French in Normandy.

The worksheet for this sample lesson can be seen here.  For more information about studying French in France and at French in Normandy, visit our website.

At the Market in Rouen

There are plenty of interesting and enjoyable markets in Rouen, practically every day of the week! So whether you want to do daily grocery shopping, watch the locals or find antique treasures, the markets in Rouen will be sure to please! Rouennaise typically buy a few culinary delights such as olives, cheese, bread, oysters and enjoy sharing their purchases with friends on the terrace of a nearby cafe. Wash that down with some wine and sunshine and it is another a fantastic day in France!

Below you find a listing of Rouen markets!
Bonne journée à vous!

Marché Boulingrin (Rive Droite)
Marché Cauchoise (Rive Droite)
Marché Grand Mare (Rive Droite)
Marché Saint-Clément (Rive Gauche)
Marché Saint-Marc (Rive Droite)
Marché Châtelet (Rive Droite)
Marché Place du Vieux-Marché (Rive Droite)
Marché de l’Ile Lacroix (Rive Gauche)
Marché de la Calende (Rive Droite)
Marché des Emmurées (Rive Gauche)

Cy’clic Rouen

Renting a bicycle in Rouen is easier than you think!

When it comes to getting around Rouen, a bicycle will be your ally for a day, a week or even an everyday companion!  With 20 stations and 250 bicycles, cy’clic is a simple, self-serve bike rental system that meets all your needs.

Subscriptions are flexible: you can choose between 1 day, 7 days, six months or a year.  The first half hour is always FREE regardless of your subscription and the fees after that are nominal, increasing from €1 – €4 for additional time. 1- and 7-day rentals can be purchased at the self-serve automat at the bike station. 6- and 12-month subscriptions can be purchased online, when you will receive an account and activation number. You will need to pick up your free cy’clic card at the city hall (Hotel de Ville) and activate the card.  

Whether to enjoy the sights of Rouen, run errands or go to school or work you can always find a station in the city center and close to parks and residential areas.  With a station every 300 to 400 meters, you can enjoy a new way of moving around the city.  Download the map and find your nearest cy’clic bike today!

 

 

Student Satisfaction September 2012

French in Normandy is always happy to share our student satisfaction results with partners and agents. Have a look at September’s statistics and see what the students like most about studying at FIN!

 

La Fête du Ventre à Rouen

The must-taste event of the Norman region, taking place the 3rd weekend of every October, is the busy and tasty Fête du Ventre meaning the Festival of the Stomach!  Vendors, farmers and local producers from around the region gather in the centre of Rouen, surrounding the Vieux Marche, to share and sell their gastronomic delights!

Hosted by Rouen Tourisme, la Fête du Ventre is the perfect opportunity to discover the cuisine of the region including local honey & confitures, andouillette sausage, tartiflette, escargot, oysters, tarte aux pommes and more!  Browse the pictures below to get a taste of this great event!

  

  

  

  

  

Photos by Jeanette Kramer.

Notre Super Sportive Suisse!

Cet été French in Normandy était très fière et très heureuse d’accueillir une sportive Suisse de haut niveau: Janine Wyss. Janine pratique un sport peu connu le ‘Curling‘ – un sport d’hiver avec ses origines en Écosse…

Récemment, nous avons parlé avec Janine de son amour pour ce sport.

Qu’est ce que le curling?

Curling, c’est un sport qui est joué sur glace. Le but est de placer les pierres le plus près possible d’une cible dessinée sur la glace. (un peu comme pétanque ou boccia). Souvent Curling est appelle > C’est très stratégique.

Depuis combien de temps pratiquez-vous le curling?

Je joue au curling depuis 10 ans. J’ai commencé quand j’avais 11 ans.

Qu’est ce qui vous plait le plus dans ce sport?

Curling c’est un sport pour toute la famille. J’ai rencontré des gens de 6 à 82 ans qui ont joué au Curling. Et les plus âgés ne sont pas toujours les plus faibles. C’est un sport très social et il n’y a pas d’arbitre. Même si c’est un sport en équipe il faut travailler ensemble pour gagner. On ne peut pas gagner un match tout seul. Une autre chose c’est qu’on peut voyager beaucoup et on rencontre des gens différents. (il y a beaucoup d’autre raisons pour moi, mais si je continuais vous seriez là encore demain wink )

Quelle ont été vos plus grandes réussites en curling?

Mes plus grands réussites… Je pense ça sont mes quatre titre de Championne Suisse Junior Filles (2010-2012) et le 4e place au championnat du monde junior 2012 à Flims. Même si je ne peux pas parler de > réussites parce que sans équipe on ne peut pas gagner.

Merci Janine de ta visite et on reste en contact!

What to pack (and expect!) when you study abroad in France

We are looking forward to meeting you at our award-winning French language school in the beautiful heart of Normandy!  We hope that you will find this guide useful and we wish you a very happy stay here with us in Rouen. A bientôt…

We suggest that you bring :
Clothes :
  •   Casual clothes for the lessons
  •   Something smart if you want to go out!
  •   1 pair of trainers & 1 swimming costume
  •   1 anorak or waterproof
  •   1 warm pull-over
Plus :
  •   Make sure that you have travel insurance
  •   1 camera
  •   1 travel adaptator for hairdryers/electric razors/laptops
  •   Credit card
  •   Some cash (Euros) plus traveller’s cheques
  •   A bag for your French books, notebooks, maps etc.
For students choosing a host family

Think about bringing a small typical gift from your country to give your French host family and also bring some photos of your own family or town as this will give you something to start the conversation going!!!

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Make the most of your study abroad experience in France

We are here to give you the utmost help in improving your French language skills but please remember that you are the star of the show and we will be giving you tasks to complete and asking you to work alongside us to reach your goal.  Here are some tips to get the most from your course:

  •   Make every effort to participate in the lessons
  •   Make the most of the activities and visits that FRENCH IN NORMANDY organises
  •   Make every effort to speak FRENCH at all times.
  •   Make friends from many countries
Staying with a host family
  •   You will be staying as a part of a family to learn more about the French way of life but remember that you should respect your host family’s times for meals and their house!!
  •   If you have arranged to go out please remember to tell them and tell them if you are going to be late in!!
  •   Your host family will communicate with you in French at all times so that you make progress quickly. Don’t worry you will soon get the hang of it!!
Every week your host family will provide :
  •   A single room
  •   Sheets, bed linen and towels
  •   A place with a desk and a chair where you can work and study quietly
  •   Breakfast and dinner in the week
  •   Full board at the weekends (or perhaps a picnic if you are going on our Saturday excursion).
  •   Use of a bathroom
  •   Light laundry
  •   A key

If you have any problems or questions relating to your host family just tell Véronique, she is the Well-Being Coordinator and in charge of  host families here at FRENCH IN NORMANDY.

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On arrival in France
If you are coming through Paris :

Make sure that you have the FRENCH IN NORMANDY emergency number and the number of the taxi that is coming to fetch you at the airport. This information will have been sent to you or to your travel organisation ahead of time.

If you are going to take the metro in Paris check that you know which line you need to take before getting on a train, if you need the timetable of trains ROUEN-PARIS just let us know and we will send you more detailed information.

If you know which train you will be taking let us know and we will get your host family to meet you at the station.

If you are coming to Rouen by public transport :

If you are going directly to your host family make sure that you have all the papers with their correct address and telephone numbers.

If you are being met by your family at the station please let them and the French In Normandy team know the correct time of your train and please let us know if you miss it or if there are any problems en route.

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Most important

Please let us know well in advance if you have any special dietary needs or if you are allergic to pets/animals etc and also if you are a smoker.

Other information
The weather :

It is never very cold in Rouen even in the winter which is usually wet and sometimes windy so for winter months make sure that you have a warm waterproof jacket. Summers are usually pleasantly warm but one never knows so bring a coat just in case!

Transport, lunch and pocket money:

Rouen has a tram system which we call «le metrobus », there is a stop just 8 minutes walk from the school which goes to the centre of town. Regular buses pass where French In Normandy is and many families are within walking distance of the school.

On the first Monday of your stay, we will take you around the town so that you get your bearings. We will show you the principal sights as well as useful information such as where and how to buy a metro ticket or season card. A ticket costs 1,50 Euros. A pack of 10 costs 11,50 Euros. You can also buy season cards for longer stays.

Lunch is not included in the programme unless you come as part of a group. Students at FRENCH IN NORMANDY can buy lunch from the many bakers shops (sandwichs/quiches/rolls) just 2 minutes walk from the school. There are cafés near the school where you can buy sandwiches or hot snacks and quick meals.

In the school we have a hot and cold drinks vending machines and a snacks (crisps and sweets) vending machine.

Students can eat in the common room.

Miscellaneous
We are happy to arrange :
  •   Student residence accommodation
  •   Hotel or gite accommodation
  •   Airport transfers and pick ups
  •   Bookings for theatres etc
  •   Bookings for travel, car hire etc
  •   Sporting activities


All the team at French in Normandy wish you “bon voyage et bon courage” and remember we are here to help you at all times. Enjoy your stay!!

Top 10 Things to Do in Rouen

1. Learn to make macarons at Faites-le-vous-même.

2. Climb the Gros Horloge for an amazing view of the city & river.

3. Drink beer on a terrace at Vieux Marché and watch the people.

4. Take French lessons at French in Normandy.

5. Browse the Cathedrale Notre Dame, of course!

6. Picnic at Jardines des Plantes on the left bank.

7. Rent roller-blades and roll along the Seine.

8. Take in a free concert, outdoor movie or festival such as Terrace du Jeudi in summer.

9. Browse the market at Place Saint Marc (weekends).

10. Check out some of the ethnic restaurants and alternative art galleries along Rue des Bons Enfants.

This is a guest post by Latitude International Education, a Canadian-based study & work abroad agency, recommending only hand-picked, high-quality schools and programs in Canada and Europe.

Photography by Jeanette Kramer.