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Gougères: French Cheese Puffs

Gougères

Gougères (say goo-share) are delicious cheese snacks that puff up in the oven like magic. They are made with a special dough called pâta à choux (say “paat-ah-shoe”). Pâte means “paste” and choux means “cabbage”. French bakeries, called pâtisseries (say “paa-tees-air-ee”) use a similar dough to make cream puffs. This dough bakes into nice round shapes, like little heads of cabbage!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (128 g) flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon (3 g) salt
  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) milk
  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) water
  • 4 tablespoons (57 g) butter
  • 4 eggs cracked into a bowl
  • 1 cup (100 g) grated Swiss cheese

Let’s Make It!

  1. Preheat over to 375 F (190 C) and spread parchment paper on a baking sheet. Using a fork, mix the flour and salt together in a large bowl.
  2. In a medium-sized saucepan, heat the milk, water and butter and bring them to a boil.
  3. Add all of the flour mixture to the saucepan, stirring it in with a wooden spoon. Reduce the heat to low and keep stirring until the dough forms a ball (about 1 minute)
  4. Put the dough in the bowl. Now add all the eggs at once. Stir, stir, stir until the dough is pretty smooth.
    • Use a big whisk, if you have one, to break up the lumps.
  5. Add all the cheese. Again, stir until the cheese is all mixed in.
  6. Scoop 1/4 cups of dough and drop them on the parchment paper. Space the scoops a couple of inches apart.
    • The dough is sticky! Use a spoon to scrape the scoops onto the baking sheet.
  7. Bake for 30-35 minutes, until the gougères puff up and turn golden brown.
  8. Bon Appétit!

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So you’re probably wondering how my husband gets around town when travels internationally, especially if he is visiting a country for the first time. Believe it or not, Uber is not actually not available in every country. So he has discovered some great alternatives, through trial and error of course, for all the countries he has visited. He are some of his transportation resources; we hope this guide gets you about town no matter where you are!


Didi-If your looking for a way to get around China, Didi is your best bet. Didi has revolutionized transportation in Chin and believes its not just a ride, its a journey. My husband uses this ride service to get from one meeting to the next and you can order a ride in WeChat, the preferred communication method in China. How convenient! He can also choose the level of service from Luxe, Premier, Express, and Taxi. They even offer bike share service if your feeling athletic and want to truly experience the sites and sounds of the city. And Didi is not just in China, they also provide service in Australia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Japan, Costa Rica and Mexico.


Bolt (formerly Taxify)- Bolt is the preferred transportation method in Budapest, a place my husband has traveled to often. You can download the app for iPhone or Android, setup your account, and quickly order your first ride. As an added bonus, you can also order food and have it delivered to you using Bolt (think UberEats). Per my husband, this app is very similar to Uber and really easy to use. You can use Bolt practically all over the world in Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia, and Mexico.


Grab-Known as the “everyday app”, Grab provides transportation services in Singapore and a number of other countries in Southeast Asia. Once you download the app (available for iPhone and Android) you can book a taxi, shuttle, eScooter or a pet friendly ride. But there is a reason its called the everyday app….Grab not only provides ride services, it also provides delivery services for documents, packages, food; book tickets for movies and events; book a hotel; watch videos and pay for all your purchases! This makes travelling so much easier and convenient; no more keeping up with credit cards, receipts, etc. Its a win-win-win!