Elle Jauffret

Writer & Fork Handler

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Captain Nemo’s Daughter Grilled Octopus Salad

Aboard a submarine thought to be a narwhal,

A toothed whale with a protruding tusk;

In ragged clothes to blend among sailors

Captain Nemo’s daughter hid in the kitchen.


She gave her father life with hint of happiness,

With dishes inspired by their travels;

Along their 2…

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Absinthe Tainted Reminiscence


(Painting: La Muse Verte by Albert Maignan)

Year 2115. Saturday, May 4th

A bottle of emerald liquid stood in front of his penthouse front door in place of his daily delivery of hookers and cocaine. He picked up the unexpected gift, wondering what psychoactive drug his personal concierge…

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The Stomacher and Getting Dressed in the 18th Century

I present you the stomacher, a beautiful accessory from the 18th century.


Stomacher (left):    Stomacher (right): made by Isabel Northwode Costumes 

An essential part of women’s gowns, it was fastened to the women’s bodices to decorate the front of their gowns (from…

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Spring Haiku

Rain drops in Socal

Brown snail mother and daughter

Up the hill of life

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The 25th Easter of Éléonore

Nobles and dignitaries from all over Europe had courted her since she appeared at her first debutante ball, but none had succeeded in stealing her heart. Éléonore had turned down every single gift, gesture, or advance—from Fabergé Imperial Easter eggs to egg-shaped earrings made from the rarest …

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International Women's Day: 10 Notable French Women Who Led the Way

10 Notable French Women Who Led the Way 


Christine de Pizan (1364-1430): French royal court writer (one of the most notable woman writers of medieval times) who brought up the importance of women in her writing.

Joan of Arc (1412-1431): fearless teenager, feminist, who led the French a…

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Old as Beer

Did you know it took more than 231 millions gallons of beer to build the Pyramid of Giza? Yes, beer. Beer was money (in Ancient Egypt as in various cultures) and a vital source of nutrition. Egyptians laborers were paid a gallon of beer a day.

Egyptian beer contained the antibiotic tetracycli…

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The Beautiful Books of Ancient Maya: Codices


The Maya developed a hieroglyphic script (around 300 BCE), which contained signs representing words or sounds that could be combined and/or merged in different ways. This written language survived until about 1700 CE. 







They recorded their knowled…

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A Meal from LOOT by Jude Watson (Middle Grade Fiction)


“March thought of the many things his father loved and would never eat again. Pommes frites and herring sandwiches and American potato chips and licorice.”  LOOT by Jude Watson. (Scholastic Inc. - Paperback p.12)

The story: the son of a master jewel thief follows the clues left by his…

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The Singer's Wife and Manager

She pushed through the crowd of groupies, making her way to her husband, the leader of the band. They were all under the age of 30, mainly females, all sweaty and hysterical, exuding adoration for the man to whom she was secretly married. A wedding band could cost a singer thousands of adoring f…

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Happy New Year 2016!

Dear Readers,

My family joins me to wish you all a happy new year. May you find the support and confidence to overcome life's challenges, the resolve to pursue/achieve your goals, the love to fill your life, and the health and success to make 2016 a blissful year.



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Salad from Bunnicula by Deborah and James Howe (Fiction, grade 2-5)

“I got a good look at the tomato. There were suspicious marks on the skin. […] I believe they’re teeth marks. […] “The Mark of the Vampire!” / “There must be something wrong with our refrigerator. That’s it. It’s turning all the vegetables white.” / “It was a big bowl of salad! […]…

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“[…] I could remain soaking under water in the claw-foot tub […] I felt comfortable in this element, a sort of girlfish […]” (p.7-8) “My father insisted I wear white cotton gloves in the summer and a creamy kid leather pair when the chill set in.” (p. 9) “Hannah’s sister made us a m…

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Niçoise Salad from SMOKE GETS IN YOUR EYES & OTHER LESSONS FROM THE CREMATORY by Caitlin Doughty (non-fiction)

“I was beginning to doubt that my own body would be well cared for were I to die young. The very idea of Bayside Cremation crushed me with loneliness. I was burdened with the thoughts that any of my Facebook friends would be quick to comment “Yummy!” on a photo of my Nicoise salad, but wou…

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Stoverij from INCONCEIVABLE! by Tegan Wren

A snippet of a scene from INCONCEIVABLE! 

John hovered a table covered in pieces of lace. “[…] Don’t you think you need to take home some Brussels lace?[…]” […] “What’s stoverij?” I asked. “It’s a meat stew, a classic Flemish dish. They add a nice bit of strong beer from one of t…

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Rutabaga soup from BLACK RADISHES by Susan Lynn Meyer (Fiction - MiddleGrade)

“There’s just no food here,” she said. “How am I supposed to make a meal with yesterday’s bread and rutabagas? […]” (p.96) Gustave bit into his stale bread, imagining how much better it would taste with creamy butter and the spicy tingle of black radish. He and Maman both love…

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Grilled cheese sandwiches from THE ART FORGER by B.A. Shapiro

Grilled cheeses/cherry tomatoes/basil sandwiches

“We’re in the kitchen, and he’s making grilled cheese and tomato sandwiches, which  I'm thinking are going to be about as close to my two-American-cheese singles-on-white-bread as his macaroni and cheese was to my Kraft special. He slides his c…

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Ghosts from the Titanic: the Captain and his Bride

To a spooky party we go. (I always knew I would get to wear my wedding dress more than once.)

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The Deadliest Cook in America's Ice Cream with Peaches (Non-fiction)

Handmade ice cream from TERRIBLE TYPHOID MARY: a True Story of the Deadliest Cook in America by Susan Campbell Bartoletti.

“The new cook had made a special dessert — homemade ice cream with fresh cut-up peaches.” (Hardcover p.32) “By 1900 scientists had found a small percentage of people who …

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(Cover reveal and) Raisin Cinnamon Scones from INCONCEIVABLE! by Tegan Wren (Fiction)

(Cover Reveal and) Raisin Cinnamon Scones from INCONCEIVABLE! by Tegan Wren.

The story: A romance with a modern medical twist which follows Hatty Brunelle (a Missouri Ozarks native and journalism student at Toulene’s Royal University) and John Meinrad (the dreamy Prince of Toulene, a small E…

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