recipe: mont d’or chaud

As promised last time, I’m going to share with you a simple recipe for Mont d’Or chaud (baked Mont d’Or).

Mont d’Or is a cheese made from cow’s milk that can be found in both Switzerland and France in the Jura mountain area. The French version is unpasteurized and produced in the Haut-Doubs department. It’s only sold between the beginning of September and the beginning of May. We prefer to wait until at least end of October or later to buy Mont d’Or as it has a much stronger flavor, because the cows have been in the stable longer so their milk tastes different due to their change in diet.


Mont d’Or cheese



As we were in a neighboring department – the Doubs, we picked up a medium sized Mont d’Or, because we simply love the cheese. You can eat it as is or you can bake it which is what we decided to do. However, you can find the cheese in most supermarkets or at the local markets in France. I’m not sure if you can find it elsewhere. Continue reading


unplanned trip to franche-comté

Elliot sleeping

Elliot sleeping on the car ride

I’ve been a little quiet on here, and that’s because last week, we made an unplanned trip to J’s home town in France-Comté. We went for a family member’s funeral, but I don’t feel that it’s my place to talk about that here.

While the trip was made on a sad note, it wasn’t without happiness. While the family was saying goodbye to one member, they were welcoming another. J’s sister gave birth to her second son on Sunday November 16.

So while we were there, we were able to meet our new nephew who was only a few days old at the time. He’s such a cutie, and I like to think that he likes the sound of English. It’s also so strange to think that I have nephews now. I didn’t really think I’d ever be an aunt, and now, I am!

We also used our time there to catch up with some family (and eat far too much – hello, raclette!).  Continue reading

Photo post: Nouvel appart (All moved in)

Well, we’re all moved in to the new place. We still have to fix things to the wall like decorations, my jewelry rack, the spice rack, etc. (which are currently just lying around everywhere), but other than that, we’re all settled!

I’ve already posted pictures of the place empty, so as promised, here are pictures of the place after we moved in all of our things. Of course, today would be a dreary grey day. And ignore the fact that we’re still somewhat disorganized.

Once inside the main door of the apartment complex, here’s the view we’re greeted with.


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m2 en poche!

We are officially moved into our new place! We were very efficient and did a lot of work in advance so the actual move went quite quickly. We still have some minor things to do like hanging up decorations and the like, but as soon as that’s done, I’ll share some pictures.

In all the excitement last week between moving and adventures with the CPAM, I completely forgot to announce the news, I officially have my M2 (Masters Degree)!

The secretary emailed us last week saying the results were posted in the hallway (helpful, I know), but I took a chance to see if they were in our online account. They were, which I then shared with others in my class who were wondering who could go to the school.  I have successfully completed the Masters from Hell, and will never have to step foot in that school again.

It is over. It won’t all be in vain though. The fact that I have an M2 from France should help in the job search. And when I apply for nationality in a few years, I am exempt from paying for and taking a language exam.

I don’t know when I’ll get the actual diploma. There’s a ceremony at the end of the month, but I’m not going because 1) you don’t get your actual diploma, 2) it takes place in a classroom, 3) it’s not worth paying for the train to go, and 4) I just don’t care enough.

oh, french admin, tu me tues

It’s been a crazy week for us as we’ve been in the midst of moving to our new place. We’ve been making numerous trips back and forth each evening, and tomorrow will be the big moving day. We will finally be sleeping there tomorrow night.

Another thing we’ve been starting to do is gather proof of “vie commune” (living together), one of the requirements for my residence card as a spouse. The list of requirements asked for one document. However, we all know the Prefecture can be fickle. One PACSed friend went recently, and all she had to show was any piece of mail addressed to both of them. Another friend (married) had to show three official forms of proof! I’m glad she warned me! Luckily, they had brought four things, but the person almost didn’t accept certain things. So we’re preparing for the worst, and hoping for the best.


As I am on J’s health insurance as his “ayant droit”, an attestation of that counts as proof. Little did we know that our adventures in health insurance were not over. We kept having trouble with the site which kept saying technical error, so J finally went to the CPAM office itself. Continue reading

Photo post: Nouvel appart (empty)

Last night, we had the “état des lieux” for our new place and officially got our keys!

A little collage of the new place thanks to Google Awesome

A little collage of the new place thanks to Google Awesome

Today, we went to Ikea to pick up a few things for the new place (a rug, curtains, etc). We then went to our new place to do some cleaning – there were some cobwebs, and I wanted to clean the toilet and bathtub, because you can never be too sure.

J took some photos of the place. Continue reading