Quinoa Flour Tortillas and Parisian Canals

Hi everyone,  I promised you photos today and I won’t disappoint, but a disclaimer first. The weather yesterday was filthy. Overcast and grey and rain spilling down around us. It was not good photo-taking weather, I can tell you that right now, but I had said I’d show you some and so I diligently stood there under my umbrella trying to snap interesting looking things! Anyway – you have been warned, so now on to the main post!

If you think of Paris and water-ways, I’m guessing most people think of the river Seine – understandably so, since it’s the giant river which runs right through the city, carving it in two, but did you also know that Paris has canals too? Not just one either, but three, as well as a large artificial lake. The Canal Saint-Denis, Canal de l’Ourcq, Canal Saint-Martin and Bassin de la Villette accordingly. Construction of these canals was ordered by Napoléon Bonaparte in 1802 with the goals of creating both improved shipping routes and a better method of providing fresh water to Paris to cope with the demand from a growing population. The Canal Saint-Martin actually joins up with the Seine in the centre of Paris eventually and these days makes for a pleasant boat-trip.

My Boat

I’ve been on this tour before but it’s a very fun trip and if you find yourself in Paris I would recommend it. You start off in the north-east of Paris, near the Porte de Pantin – famous for the concert halls and exhibition centres in the area. The tour leaves at 14:30 which means we have time for a lunch first at the restaurant by the canal (this part of the canal is the Canal de l’Ourcq) – a restaurant called My Boat, which is actually shapped like a boat and for some reason has Titanic showing on a big TV screen non-stop (it was showing the movie “Titanic” last time I was there too!). Despite the odd choice in lunch-time entertainment the food is excellent however, and hot, which was good because the boat we took on the canal was packed – I’d never seen it so busy before. – and as such, in order to enjoy anything, I had to lurk out on the top deck in the rain and wind! All that did put a bit of a dampener on the trip – I’d advise going on the morning boat, which leaves from outside the Musée d’Orsay (on the river Seine) and goes to here (while this trip does the reverse journey).

Rising Bridge

During the trip you go under all manner of tunnels and bridges – ones which swing out, ones which lift – this one, just before the Bassin de la Villette,  lifts entirely up into the air – road and all – to allow the boat to pass underneath. At the end of the “Bassin”, the largest artificial lake in Paris, you join up with the canal Saint-Martin, by going through a double lock. Even though I know these days exactly how they work, I still find locks so cool – the very idea of taking a boat “downhill” (or even uphill) is amazingly clever and you pass through plenty of these locks on your journey, as the final destination – the Seine – is about 27 metres lower than the canals – each lock takes you down about 3 metres and it’s fun to watch the water “disappearing” as the boat sinks down lower and lower.

Going through the lock

At one point we reach the Canal Saint-Martin’s most famous lock – shown in the 2001 film Amélie (which if you’ve never seen, by the way, you really should!) which also one of the last two locks before you enter the long tunnel which runs under Boulevard Richard Lenoir, all the way out to Place de la Bastille before going through the Port de l’Arsenal, where people park up their rather fancy boats, going through one more lock, and finally entering the river Seine, were you go past the Ile St-Louis, Notre Dame de Paris, the Conciergerie and other landmarks before finally arriving back at the Musée d’Orsay.

Arched Bridge
Arched Bridge

The trip takes 2.5 hours and is reasonably priced at €19 for adults, €12 for children. You get to see a whole lot of places you might never have known existed (like the huge tunnel under Boulevard Richard Lenoir for example) and if the weather is fine it’s a very enjoyable way to spend an afternoon. The trip is narrated in French and English and occasionally you might even get a guide who brings along a clarinet and sits at the front of the boat playing mournful clarinet songs as the boat goes through the long tunnel!

Bonus picture before I wrap up – speaking of locks… its quite the “thing” to do to put a padlock on the bridges in Paris to symbolise your “undying love” between you and your partner. I don’t quite see the attraction myself, but two bridges in particular are particularly targeted for this. The Pont des Arts is (and was) the main destination for lovestruck couples:

Nowadays the bridge has become a hotspot for couples who attach a padlock to the railing and throw the key into the river below.

I’m guessing at some point someone got confused about which bridge they were on, or wanted to start a new trend, because it seems now the Passerelle Solférino next to the Musée d’Orsay is covered with padlocks too… like literally a padlock on every spare bit of iron railing!

Padlocks

I hope you’re all having a great Sunday – today I’m thanking Jean from Delightful Repast for inspiring me to make tortillas and what better ingredient to use than some of my new flour, but which one? Well, I thought about this for a bit and then decided to go for the quinoa flour. I’ve never used quinoa flour before and wasn’t sure what to expect. My first couple of attempts were not too great. The dough discs were impossible to pick up, kept sticking and tearing. Well, I’ve fixed this now and the result was good. A soft bread with the typical brown marks frmo the pan dotted over the service. If you can imagine the smell of uncooked quinoa – the flavour is identical to this. I found that it could be a touch overpowering, so you’ll need to ensure that you wrap them around something sufficiently strongly flavoured to balance out the taste.

Quinoa Flour Tortillas

As per my recent cupcakes, these tortillas are gluten-free. Follow my tips of “roll, reform, roll again” carefully in case you encounter any difficulties with the rolling of the dough, and enjoy :). Have a wonderful week – I’ll be back in the week at some point with something new!

Quinoa Flour Tortillas

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Quinoa Flour Tortillas
Yields 10
A delicious gluten-free alternative to the traditional tortilla.
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
40 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
40 min
Ingredients
  1. 250g Quinoa Flour
  2. 150ml Hot water
  3. 2 tbsps Olive Oil
  4. 1 tsp Salt
Instructions
  1. Start off by mixing the quinoa flour with half of the oil and salt in a bowl. When blended well, pour over the hot water, adding a little extra if necessary and combine to form a dough. Knead gently for a few minutes before covering with the rest of the oil and allowing to stand for about 10 minutes.
  2. Divide the dough into roughly 10 equally sized pieces. Shape the pieces into small balls between your hands and then, on a heavily floured board, roll each piece into a rough circle. If you find the dough seems very fragile, immediately push it back together again into a dough and then make the ball again before rolling out carefully once more, being sure it forms a good circle. Repeat until all discs are cut like this.
  3. Heat a large frying pan on the stove. You will not need oil! Transfer in the tortilla when the pan is very hot. Cook the tortillas on each side, for about 60 seconds or so, depending on how hot the pan is, until you have this kind of "patchy brown" effect, before flipping and cooking the other side. Keep the breads warm and humid until you plan on using them and enjoy!
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Comments

  1. says

    Hi Charles,

    Well after living in Paris for three years I never did that trip and wish I had. Mind you it was a very long time ago that I lived there so possibly the trips weren’t going then because I certainly never heard of them-just the usual Bateaux Mouche trips…

    Anyway lovely to see yet another new recipe with your new flour! I’m having a hard enough time trying to find chestnut flour so don’t rate my chances of finding Quinoa flour but I can but try as I would love to have a go at these tortillas!

    • says

      Hi GD – I did it first with just my wife on a wonderful sunny, brisk autumn day a couple of years ago. Back then it wasn’t so well known, and really nice. It’s still a fun experience, but the volume of people wasn’t so nice this time. It was weird – I had actually forgotten Paris had canals. I had a friend who lived right next to the canals when I was at University and then suddenly “rediscovered” them when searching for something to do on a day off one day.

      For the flour – I think quinoa flour is often more easy to find than chestnut, but let me know. I’m going to order some more sometime – maybe I could order some for you too and send it over if you’re interested?

      • says

        Hi Charles,

        Thank you so much for the offer! I’ve managed to source chestnut flour from Shipton Mill near Tetbury in the Cotswolds which do a mail order service but am still searching around for Quinoa flour so I may well take you up on your kind offer…

        • says

          No worries – let me know if you decide you’d like some. I’ll probably make an order again in a month or so!

  2. says

    Hi Charles, even though the weather is dull and grey, you do make me want to book a flight to Paris. I have not known that people padlock their lock to a fence, then throw the keys into a river! I have cooked with quinoa flour before and I haven’t had any success so I’m very impressed you were able to master these wraps. I have to keep trying. xx

    • says

      Hi Charlie, the humbug in me wants to complain about a beautiful old landmark being covered in padlocks, but the romantic in me thinks it’s kind of sweet as well! :)

      What did you make when you cooked with quinoa flour? I’m looking for some inspiration!

      • says

        I’m so sorry Charles, I don’t remember what it was. If I think of it, I’ll be sure to let you know. I made a hazelnut torte on the weekend and I used spelt flour but I think quinoa flour would work equally well because of the nuttiness. I’ll be posting the recipe later this week xx

  3. says

    Hmm … I do need a holiday. How nice to just enjoy a lovely cruise along the Seine, grey weather or not and chomping on yummy filled tortillas! I don’t think I’ve seen quinoa flour before (maybe I just wasn’t looking) but I do have quinoa. I wonder if it’s the same if I ground it?

    • says

      Hi Ping, I could do with another vacation myself, and I just had a 5 day weekend, lol :D

      The flour – it’s the same as finely ground uncooked quinoa, but you’d need to grind/mill it really finely. Perhaps if you have a coffee grinder it could be done well?

  4. says

    Years ago I traveled to Paris, France with in high school with the French club. It was an amazing experience, I would love to go and visit one day with my hubby and kids and take this boat tour. Thanks for sharing the photo’s.

    Really am intrigued by this recipe! I will share this on my FB page for my gluten free follower’s. Didn’t realize how easy it is to make tortilla’s!

    • says

      Hi Lisa – it’s strange how different things can seem when you’re a bit older. I went to Paris when I was younger, as a kid, with my parents and sister. Now I live here and I’m a bit older I notice different things and certainly appreciate different things! Hope you have a chance to visit here one day soon :)

  5. says

    Haha, I’m laughing at myself because when I first read the title of your post I thought that you had somehow managed to work in canal pathways into your tortillas…(you’re good but you’re not that good ;-)). It’s too bad you didn’t get a bit more sun for your outing but the pictures are no less captivating. My husband and I love the film Amélie! We’ve seen it at least 3 times. How fun to learn about the lock. And I didn’t know about the padlocks on the bridges in Paris as a symbol of love… aww, how sweet…

    Love these no-nonsense tortillas Charles… and the quinoa flour – fabulous idea! My boys love tortillas and these look like something I could pull together easily – I might try 1/2 cup quinoa flour and 1/2 cup quinoa flakes for texture and see how I do… thanks for this great recipe.

    • says

      Hi Charles, I made your quinoa tortillas yesterday for the boys (and tweeted about them too!) – the boys enjoyed them as an after school snack with peanut butter – yum! :). My version was not nearly as thin or ‘pretty’ as yours and kind of fell apart here and there (I really had to work it) but this has everything to do with my clumsiness and lack of bread making skills – our version was more like pita ;-) but it didn’t matter in the least to me and the boys, we thought it was utterly cool making our own pan fried shells and also thought they tasted delish! Thanks again.

      • says

        Hi Kelly, that’s so cool! Sorry you couldn’t get them as thin as you would have liked – I found it a difficult dough to work with. I had never used quinoa flour so it was interesting to work with it and discover its different qualities. I was surprised that the dough had to be so dry for them to roll successfully – I’m glad you enjoyed them all the same though. Peanut butter sounds like an excellent accompaniment as the quinoa flavour is already quite nutty!

    • says

      Glad to find another Amélie lover! It’s such a delightful movie. I think it would lose a lot of its charm if it was dubbed over in English though… I don’t think it was ever dubbed was it? Still, we should do that anyway since French dub over all our stuff!

      On the other bridges they actually remove the padlocks every few years I think. They get to stay on the Pont des Arts as far as I know because it’s such a well known thing now, but if you ever want to secure a padlock there, you should make sure it’s on the Pont des Arts! :)

  6. says

    I never made that trip when I was in Paris but at least I have another reason to go back! The photos are very atmospheric and capture Paris perfectly. Beautiful tortillas too, no spelt flour here but I am sure I could improvise.

    • says

      Hi Chica – definitely, you can use virtually any flour you like (see Jean’s post I linked to) – I really wanted to try something with quinoa flour hence my usage of that! :)

  7. Charlie says

    Morning Charles!

    I hate cities… the crowds, the busyness etc.
    However that said, the short weekend we had in Paris made me love it!

    London England is another city I love, though I don’t know if I would want to live right in the city.

    When we went to England to connect with family, my DH said he had never seen me so at home and fit so well, anywhere else. Not even Canada where I was born and raised and still live.

    Thank you for sharing your recipe.
    Quinoa is a favorite of mine, so these should taste great!

    Have a Joyful Day

    Charlie

    • says

      Hi Charlie,

      I’m totally the same – I like to go to Paris on overcast, wintry week days. The crush of people is manageable and then I head back just after lunch. As soon as I leave the city and enter the small suburb I live in I can feel my whole body de-stressing. I used to think I was a “city-guy”, but damn, I just find it too stressful! Give me a river and some mountains, and the clean country air any day!

    • says

      Haha, that’s too bad Sharyn :D I find the flavour of uncooked quinoa (which is the flavour most apparent in the flour of course) quite peculiar. Cooked quinoa I find very innocuous, and delicious though. Still – you can use any flour you like to make these pretty much! :)

  8. says

    Oooh, I’m SO glad you shared pictures! I had no idea that Paris had canals as well! What a fun trip! Also…quinoa flour tortillas? How brilliant is that?

    • says

      Hi Ann, the canals are so beautiful. The coolest part of the trip is the long, underground tunnel, which takes you right under place de la Bastille. It seems so ghostly in the tunnel!

  9. says

    Hi Charles, you’ve got my attention again on so many levels because we are INDEED coming to Paris in September. Our flights are booked and we have a loose itinerary. I shall email you the dates we are in Paris to see if we can hook up.
    The Musée D’Orsay is my all time absolute favourite museum in Paris and we recently read that it will have just completed a renovation and reopen just in time for our arrival (actually, I think it’s June or so). And this little boat ride is something we have never done, so I think I will check it out, THANK YOU. Our friends Paul and T (recall Rock Star’s of the Rock Star Bus) are likely going to be coming with us and would be excited to meet with you too!
    The tortillas look great, I bought myself a tortilla press quite some time ago; I think I tried making them once without a lot of success, but I love the sound of your recipe. I have a gluten intolerant friend and need a good substitute for the fajita shell in our huevos rancheros recipes (check it out here: http://kitcheninspirations.wordpress.com/2011/09/25/huevos-rancheros-the-cottage/)
    Hope you had a great weekend,
    Eva http://kitcheninspirations.wordpress.com

    • says

      Hi Eva, damn, your comment was auto-flagged as spam *again*… I don’t understand why at all! Well, rescued it now! Great to hear that you’re getting it sorted out! Looking forward to meeting you all! :D If you’re interested we could go to a wonderful Korean bbq place I know of… not sure if that’s your thing but it’s delicious!

      I’ve never heard of a tortilla press – sounds lovely and easy compared to fiddling about with a rolling pin and a knife to get round-ish discs :D

      I hope you get a chance to make these – if you do, the dough has to be really quite dry and cooled down a bit to roll successfully so I hope it works out ok for you!

  10. says

    where on earth do you get all your quinoa and chestnut flours! it sounds like a great gluten free alternative and I love how yummy and crispy it looks. great photos of the trip too, just beautiful! wish I could go on it too. just sitting on a cruise, enjoying good food and good company and good sights, slowly taking it all in.. that is perhaps that exact romantic idea of paris that so many people have and go to Paris in search of!

    • says

      Hi Shuhan, there’s a company called “Moulins de Versailles” which I just discovered which sell all these flours. I just discovered it and I’m so happy I did!

      Last time they were here, I sent my parents on a 3 hour Seine dinner cruise. It’s quite popular for tourists but nevertheless they said it was a wonderful experience and you go all up and down the Seine through Paris!

  11. says

    I have never made my own tortillas, not to mention ones with quinoa. They look fabulous and are so fashionable now that gluten-free diet is so popular!
    I have never taken this trip. I have only walked along the canals. Thank you for sharing this discovery with us. The photos are great, in spite of the weather.

    • says

      Hi Sissi, it stopped raining for a little while at the end of the trip, just as we were going through the final lock which was nice. After that we joined up with the Seine which was quite a surprise because the water there was so choppy compared to the gentle, calm canal waters. I heard that the canals have really risen in popularity during the last few years and apparently they have become *the* place to hang out in the evening with friends and a bottle of wine!

  12. says

    I love the padlocks on the bridge! Totally corny yet romantic! :) And thank you for the reminder about Amelie. I remember hearing back in 2001 that I need to watch that movie and would you believe I totally forgot about it until you just now wrote about. I’m going to write myself a note, so that maybe this time I won’t forget for 11 years. And I’ve been to Paris once – years ago and had no idea there were canals or a lake! Fascinating. Clearly I need to come back to Paris and do some more exploring. :) Fabulous looking tortillas and really impressive. They look much better than the kind I buy at the store. Have a great week Charles!

    • says

      Hi Kristy. The canals are well hidden – right up in the north east. Aside from a small section of them visible over a wall from place de la Bastille, just before they join the Seine (and you could easily be forgiven for thinking that they were part of the Seine themselves) they’re all located a bit off the beaten track before the big tunnel. There aren’t so many tourist spots in that part of Paris so they’re an easy thing to miss :)

      As for coming back to Paris – you definitely should! I’d love to meet you guys!

  13. says

    thanks for sharing the pictures of the river Seine! I’ve always found locks fascinating engineering, but then I am a geek. :) Interesting little superstition with the padlocks. Quite unique. Quinoa tortillas – now that’s very interesting. I’ve only made quinoa once, and need to cook with it more. Since I eat a LOT of tortillas, this would be a great recipe for me! They look delicious!

    • says

      Hi MJ – there’s a “flight of locks” in England which is quite famous because it’s a quite steep hill with locks going all the way up (and possibly down?). Something crazy like 40 locks or something in total. Must take absolutely hours to navigate them all!

      I really love quinoa – I really recommend cooking with it more – it’s one of my favourite alternatives to pasta these days! Delicious, versatile and filling!

  14. says

    I forgot to mention that they do the same padlocks on the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City! I must remember to bring one for our trip to Paris!

    • says

      Hi Eva – that’s really cool – I wonder how the whole thing started…? Someone, somewhere, at some point must have decided that this would be a fun thing to do and encouraged a load of people to do the same. How fun :)

  15. says

    Charles,
    This month I will have one day in Paris and would love to do this boat trip. Can you please share with me the company and contact website or number for booking. In addition, I am always looking for some gluten free alternatives and this is a fantastic idea. Because they are fresh I am certain they are very nice in texture. Looking forward to hearing from you. Take Care, BAM

    • says

      Hi Bam, certainly – you can either book directly through the website of the boat company, Paris Canal – the cruise we took is the one on the Canal St. Martin, or alternatively, you can (and we did this), book your ticket on a travel company, like Viator – hopefully this link should work. If you book on Viator, don’t forget to print the ticket! Worst case scenario, you can buy the tickets on the boat I think, but it’s best to book in advance. Prices for an adult are €19, and €12 for kids I think. I made a little map here, showing the places where the boat leaves from in the morning and the afternoon, because I found it a little confusing the first time I went!

      Do let me know if you have a chance to go – I hope you have good fun :)

  16. says

    Thanks for the lesser-known tour of Paris Charles! These tortillas would be just perfect for my new healthy eating regime. I really must make them….I hope to find time VERY soon. Things have been a little hectic lately. My mom has been staying with me for a few days and I’m afraid I’ve been “offline” ever since.

    • says

      Hi Barb, I just caught up after a few days “offline”. My aunt was visiting me from England, hence the canal trip. We went for a drive around Paris at night time which was lovely – seeing all the lights :)

  17. says

    Hi Charles,
    I hope to visit Paris, someday. Absolutely gorgeous photographs. The tortillas look great too! I am not very good at making Indian bread”chappati” or tortillas. But will have to give this one a try. Thanks for sharing.

    • says

      Hi Asmita – glad you enjoyed the photos. Not sure if you’ve seen them but I’ve posted other photos of Paris before here. I hope you like them!

      Actually, chappati bread is one of my next things I want to try! Got any good recipes?

  18. says

    I’ve only started to eat quinoa recently, but I love this idea for quinoa flour tortillas! One member of my family is trying to follow a gluten-free diet, so I’ll have to make these for her and see what she thinks.

    Even in the rain, the Parisian Canals look worth a trip!

    • says

      Thanks Laura – I hope she enjoys the tortillas – they have a very distinctive flavour – best balanced with something with strong flavour – feta cheese for example!

  19. says

    Thanks for sharing your photos – that looks like a fun trip even though the weather was not perfect. It was wet and miserable here in London as well. The quinoa tortillas look great! I just bought some normal ones today for lunch this week.

    • says

      Thanks BakingAddict – I’m glad you enjoyed them – I’ve now done the trip three times, but always in this direction. If I do it again I’m going to make sure I go the opposite way, lol. I bet going in the morning would mean fewer people too!

  20. says

    Doesn’t matter that the weather was gloomy–you’re in Paris!! I want to visit so badly…hopefully someday. Lovely photos. And this wrap sounds delicious. :)

    • says

      Thanks Caroline – I’ll admit that even in the rain, the city does have a certain charm :) Hope you’re able to hop over one day!

  21. says

    Oh Paris! A place I dream to visit before I get old :)
    Beautiful photos and the tortilla sounds not only lovely but healthy too!

    • says

      Thanks Kankana – I’m glad you enjoyed the pics. It really inspires me to get out and take more when people like viewing such sights so much!

  22. says

    Thank you for sharing the pictures from the trip! It’s fun playing a tourist sometimes because you get to take interesting pictures from different places that you normally don’t visit. I’m impressed that you made your own tortillas and not just regular one, it’s quinoa! I’ve seen quinoa everywhere and this is another unique quinoa recipe!

    • says

      Hi Nami – definitely… sometimes it’s fun to just forget that I have an apartment not 30 minutes away and “be one” with the tourist crowd :D It’s not like I’m an expert on, for example, the canals, so I can learn a great deal this way too!

  23. says

    Thanks for a trip down memory lane. Visited Paris few years back, took the boat trip and yes it was a most enjoyable journey. Did not learn about the padlock on the bridges. Rainy day photos has a certain charm about them, great shots.
    No experience working with quinoa flour, never knew it existed, must pay better attention when I go to the health food stores.

    • says

      Hi Norma – great to find someone who went on the same boat trip. Hopefully it was a bit less crowded for you than my trip was this time :D

      Quinoa flour definitely has some special qualities. It’s not the same to work with as other flours, that’s for sure, so it was fun to get some experience with alternative flours :)

  24. says

    I loved reading your post. I had visited Paris last year but didn’t take an organised tour of the city. How I wish I had…! The tortillas look very healthy and perfectly done. Quinoa flour is an ingredient, that I have yet to try.

    • says

      Hi Easyfoodsmith – Thanks for visiting! I have to say – the organised city tours don’t look like much fun. I think you can have much more fun with your legs and a good guide book, but, for the places which are not accessible by foot, like the canals and the river, I would really recommend the trip if you ever come back again :)

  25. says

    Oh, how I some day want to visit Paris. Thanks for sharing your photos, even if they do make me jealous, LOL. Those tortillas look perfect and with so few ingredients. I haven’t seen quinoa flour yet but the health food store probably carries it. Sounds healthy.

    • says

      Hi Suzi, I guess you might even be able to make your own quinoa flour, using a coffee mill and uncooked quinoa perhaps. Worth a try if you can’t find it, although as you said, health food stores these days stock an ever more bewildering array of things so I’m sure you could find it there!

    • says

      Thanks Greg – just don’t forget to place it on the Pont des Arts – I heard that they get removed from other bridges periodically, but as far as I know the one on the “main” bridge are allowed to stay because it’s kind of like a famous thing now.

  26. says

    All the names of the places are familiar but I have not been to Paris!! Imagine that! lol my mum had bad memories of the time she studied there so she didnt want to take us to this city…

    Can you see the Cathedral St. Dennis from the boat? =P
    I am going to take my husband once and show him all that but I dont think so we need the lock thing, which looks like an art by the way (must be worth something for sure!) I feel 20 euro isnt very cheap, but well it sounds a lots to me and I am used to the INR so maybe its reasonable.

    I have seen Amelie Poulain! ^.^ magical movie a must watch!

    haha love the video and thats a great idea, especialy if u need the recipe quickly on the mobile.

    About your quinoa tortillas… they look very appetizing, I have never tried tortillas but I guesse they come close to chapatis. anyway I am looking forward to give it a try at least soon. thanks for sharing charles!

    • says

      Hi Helene – what a coincidence – I hated my time studying here too and had some very bad experiences… I left in 2003 and vowed never to return to this “curs’ed city”. Luckily I got over my hatred and gave it another try!

      I would think that maybe you can see the St Denis cathedral from the other canals, the Ourcq for example – it goes on much further than the small part we were on before joining the Canal St Martin.

      I guess €20 can be a little or a lot, depending on what you compare it to. For example, €60 with a Paris Seine Riverboat company will get you a lunch cruise for ~2 hours. If you compare it to this 2.5 hour trip with nothing included, not even a cup of coffee, then it’s expensive… but on the other hand, it’s still 2.5 hours of entertainment, for less than the cost of many restaurants.

      I hope you have a chance to try tortillas – does this mean then that you’ve never had tacos? :o

  27. says

    Charles, lovely post. (And not just ’cause you mentioned mois!) I especially love the photo of the tree-covered bridge. What a gorgeous series of photos! I had not heard of the padlocks before. Your tortillas look wonderful, too!

    • says

      Thanks Jean – not as good as yours, but it was a worthy effort I thought, considering I was working with a tricky flour! You truly are the baking queen – that most recent post about chelsea buns… mmmmm

  28. says

    I have bought quinoa for the first time last week, have not used it yet. I kept hearing about it but it was no where to be found here in Jordan. I look forward to experimenting with it and if all goes well quinoa flour might be next on my list of ingredients to hunt

    • says

      I hope you enjoy your quinoa – it’s wonderful… makes a delicious, healthy alternative to things like pasta – it’s wonderful if you make something like a couscous salad, but use quinoa instead of couscous… it goes really well with lemon juice!

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