Walk home at four in the afternoon and you see all the little French kids scattering from the schoolgates. Most of them have heavy schoolbags on wheels, all of them clutch packets of chocolate biscuits or croissants.
Le gouter at four o’clock is as important as English teatime at five. The granny that forgets to bring a snack for the ravenous child is in a lot of trouble.
If you can make it back to your warm apartment without starving / freezing to death, you have many more options.
- cinnamon toast, my childhood favourite: buttered toast sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar and grilled again until the sugar goes crisp
- grilled apple and cheese open sandwiches: smear of chutney, thin slices of apple, favourite melty cheese, grill again, bingo.
- rich hot chocolate made with an earl grey tea ganache
- or perversely enough for winter, super speedy raspberry sorbet*: blend 1 cup frozen raspberries, 125ml greek yoghurt and 1 tsp maple syrup (makes you feel better about being in the warm!)
Happy snacking, hungry people.
*Forgot to add: all credit for raspberry idea goes to Shauna, thank-you!