coronation chicken finger rolls, tea and recipe

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|| 11 August 2022

Coronation Chicken Finger Rolls

For me, summer is always chicken salad weather. This afternoon for afternoon tea I decided I wanted a chicken salad sandwich with my cup of tea. Precisely I wanted a version of chicken salad sandwich made with Coronation Chicken Salad. You may remember that I wrote about this salad in a 5 o'Clock Tea in April 2019. The history and a recipe for these delightful tea sandwiches is at the link below.

Coronation Chicken Finger Rolls

|| 7 August 2022

Kat’s After-Paris Reflections

Our Chic & Slim Special Correspondent Kat has recently visited Paris. Here are her reflections on the fashions she saw being worn on her July 2022 visit after she returned to her home in London. More . . .

|| 2 August 2022

Kat in Paris - Report 5

The two photos with today’s (5th) report from Paris by our Chic & Slim Special Correspondent Kat are my favorite of all the photos she has sent from her recent visit.

The photo taken on the café terrace is such a “Paris” photo. Chic, slim young woman — and at the next table this attractive man slouched down in front of his Macbook Pro writing his novel? Or checking on his stock portfolio? Who knows?

Is the young woman in the black butcher’s boy cap plotting a way to attract this guy’s attention?

It’s Paris, there are always possibilities.

The train station photo of the little black and white dog traveling with his mistress is so delightful. And so French.

Summer 2022 in Paris. More . . .

|| 31 July 2022

Kat in Paris - Report 4

In today's report from Paris by our Chic & Slim Special Correspondent Kat, she focuses on footwear. More . . .

AnneNote: Once upon a time in Paris it was easy to distinguish tourists (especially American tourists) from French citizens. But now that French chic information has become so globally available, sorting tourists from citizens visiting the city is challenging. Sometimes the tourists can look more French than the French.

Tara sent a link to a column that New York Times Fashion columnist Vanessa Friedman wrote in response to a request to advise ‘how not to look like a tourist in France.” Vanessa Friedman wrote this column immediately after she spent Fashion Week in Paris in early July 2022. You can compare this advice with our correspondent Kat’s observations in her visit a few weeks later.

Merci, Tara, for alerting us to this article.

NY Times article How Not Look Like a Tourist in France?

Chic & Slim Special Correspondent Kat’s fourth report from Paris focusing on what women in Paris are wearing on their feet this summer. Paris Report 4

|| 28 July 2022

Kat in Paris - Report 3

Here is yet another report on Paris, Summer 2022, from our Chic & Slim Special Correspondent Kat. Merci, Kat, for your photos and commentary. More . . .

|| 26 July 2022

Kat in Paris - Report 2

Today, the second report on Paris Summer 2022 from our Chic & Slim Special Correspondent Kat. Merci, Kat, for all the photos and commentary. More . . .

|| 24 July 2022

Kat in Paris - Report 1

Thursday I was carrying my laptop into the living room where I was planning to write that day’s Nouvelles. Unfortunately I tripped and fell headfirst. The computer hit the floor and my nose smashed into it.

By the time I got the nosebleed stopped, it looked as if murder had been done.

Fortunately ice packs prevented any bruising. My nose is still slightly swollen on one side and sore. But that Arnicare gel is proving as good at relieving nose pain as it did relieving back pain. The computer so far is working.

While I was here at Provence-sur-la-Prairie having accidents, our Chic & Slim Special Correspondent Kat was in Paris observing the scene there. She has been sending back her photos and comments in installments. Assuming that I will continue to have electrical power in the extreme heat next week, I plan to post new material from Kat every day or two.

You can read Kat's first report. More . . .

|| 18 July 2022

French Chic in Extreme Heat

Extreme Heat is plaguing many locations around the world. Our Chic & Slim Special Correspondent Kat is back in France where the country is also experiencing higher than normal summer heat. She has emailed photos of what she and a three French women she spotted are wearing to look chic and stay as cool as possible. More . . .

|| 17 July 2022

20 Years a Chic & Slim Reader

I received a lovely email from a longtime follower of the Chic & Slim website. Kate wrote:

Dear Anne, I just wanted to say hello and to thank you for all your wonderful Nouvelles over the years. I have been following you almost twenty years, and I feel like you are a friend. You have helped me find my own style and how to keep it as I approached my 50's and now my 70's (starting in October!).

Your wildflowers are lovely, thank you for sharing them, and I will look forward to more photos of your garden and your missives during the summer.

Wishing you a glorious day, Kate

Merci, Kate. 20 years ! I am always delighted to know that readers continue to enjoy the website, and I am especially glad when it helps you find your own chic and slim personal style.

be chic, stay slim — Anne Barone

|| 10 July 2022

Cool Summer Salad


square serving plate with salad of asparagus, romaine, green beans, and green peas

Images: Chic French summer salad prepared and photographed by our Chic & Slim Special Correspondent Kat.

With our scorching 104 to 110 F. (40-43 C.) temperatures this week, the weather called for cool summer salads.

Our Chic & Slim Special Correspondent Kat sent the photo with the comments:

According to cookery writer, Trish Deseine, this is what chic Parisiennes lunch on — accompanied by a glass of vin blanc, bien sûr! It is the signature dish of the Hotel Costes, off the Champs-Élysées, and consists of lightly cooked green vegetables and lettuce, dressed with lemon juice, olive oil and fleur de sel de Guérande. Not many calories there . . .

I serve this dish often, as a first course, in summer, and plan to find out if it is still served in Paris!

If you think this chic French women’s lunch is lacking in protein, it is not. A half cup of green peas provide 4 grams, and the green beans another gram.

Fleur de sel de Guérande is a finishing salt — to be sprinkled on at the time of serving to add taste and a bit of glistening.

A cool and chic summer lunch.

Merci, Kat, for photo and information.

|| 7 July 2022

Sewing Pattern Archive

When I read that an archive had been established for old home sewing patterns, I looked to see what I might have saved from my sewing days. I am sure over the years I have bought at least 100 sewing patterns. Simplicity, McCall’s, Butterick — even a few Vogue.

I found only five in my sewing materials. And these patterns I bought several years ago at a garage sale when I was not finding a ready-made caftan I liked. As soon as I bought the patterns, of course, I found a caftan. But I kept the patterns. I might need them another time.

But most sewing patterns have been discarded. And with them some important fashion history. The archive is trying to remedy that.

“[The pattern archive] is what people dreamed about wearing, and who they were, but also just everyday stuff. You just don’t get those objects in historic costume and textiles collections.”

You can read about the archive on The Verge.

be chic, stay slim — Anne Barone

|| 3 July 2022

Parisian Chic 2022

Our Chic & Slim Special Correspondent Kat has alerted me to an article in British Vogue featuring Amélie star Audrey Tautou wearing a great example of French chic. One that could be worn by chic slim women of almost any age.

British Vogue says:

The 45-year-old French star – one of creative director Alexandre Mattiussi’s favourite actors – opened the show, staged in Montmartre at dusk for maximum magic, as Catherine Deneuve and Carla Bruni watched from the front row (on bistro-style cane chairs, quoi d’autre?). Dressed in white jeans, ever so slightly slouchy boots and a silky shirt – all topped off with that classic trench – Tatou was a vision of Parisian chic.

True, British Vogue should have spelled Audrey Tautou’s name correctly. (It’s Tautou, not Tatou.) But the photo of Audrey Tautou is great.

Amélie Just Returned To The Sacré Coeur In The Name Of Fashion

|| 26 Jun 2022

Paris Postcards


Paris postcards 1919

Images: Paris postcards sent in 1919 to my Aunt Midge from her American soldier father.

My Aunt Midge was an honorary aunt, but since she considered my mother a sister. I was, by extension, a niece. When Aunt Midge died at three months short of 100, a number of her possessions came to me. Among them was her postcard scrapbook begun (by her Aunt Stella) almost as soon as she was born.

The scrapbook is now more than 110 years old and very fragile. Crumbling in my fingers as I ever so gently turn pages.

In the photo above you see the scrapbook open to Paris postcards sent to Aunt Midge by her father, an American soldier stationed in Paris during the time between the Armistice in November 1918 and including the signing of the Treaty of Versailles on 28 June 1919.

The postcards feature familiar sites: Notre Dame, Place de la Concorde. L'Opéra de Paris and, lower left, a charming little French girl with the gorgeous hair.

A couple of days ago our Chic & Slim Special Correspondent Kat altered me that she would be making a summer trip to France — a trip that would likely include a visit to Paris. We hope Kat will send us some “Paris postcards” that will include photos of some chic French women she spots there.

|| 19 June 2022

Summer Schedule

I have never had much stamina. Despite being attentive to nutrition and proper rest, keeping up an adequate energy level has always been a struggle for me. This has not improved as I have grown older.

Fortunately — or unfortunately depending on how you perceive it— I am not consumed as some people my age (late 70s) with trying to prove that they are still as energetic as they were when they were much younger. I am not. If I am sensible I will adjust my lifestyle accordingly.

So in the coming weeks, for Nouvelles you will be getting largely photos. Little text. But something a couple of times a week (usually on Thursdays and Sundays) that I hope will amuse or enlighten you. — Anne

|| 12 June 2022

Pain Relief For A Sprained Back: Arnicare Gel

It's HOT. The forecast for the afternoon high here at Provence-sur-la-Prairie is for 108 F. (42 C.). That is the bad news. For the good news I will tell you that my back injury has made great progress toward healing. I want to recommend to you an article and a pain relief product that were helpful to me in case you should find yourself with lower back pain from an injury. More . . .

|| 2 June 2022

French on Vacation Food

Today an update to the previous Nouvelles about chic Frecnch vacation style. The focus is on food. More . .

|| 29 May 2022

Chic French Certain Age Holiday Style

About a week and a half ago I injured my back. But I am happy to report that I am finally getting the pain under control. At a future time I will share with you what I have learned about treating pain from back injuries — with reminders about how to avoid injuries. But our Chic & Slim Special Correspondent Kat is still traveling and she has shared some chic French certain age fashion information. Photos also. More . . .

|| 22 May 2022

Machu Picchu Chic

Our Chic & Slim Special Correspondent Kat has been traveling in South America. This week she emailed that she had climbed Machu Picchu, the historic Inca city in Peru — and survived the climb. Kat included a photo. More . . .

19 May 2022

Élisabeth Borne: New French Prime Minister

Élisabeth Borne, the French minister for labour, has been appointed prime minister – the first woman to hold the post in more than 30 years and only the second female prime minister in modern French history.

Élisabeth Borne is a civil engineer by training, a graduate of France’s prestigious École Polytechnique. At 61, she is chic, slim & certain age. A good personal style role model for those of you who favor natural gray hair in an easy-care style, eyeglasses, and classic tailoring.

You can read more about Élisabeth Borne in The Guardian.

Élisabeth Borne becomes France’s first female prime minister in 30 years.

15 May 2022

Victoria Special French Issue

The 2022 Special French Issue of Victoria Magazine is out. This is a particularly elegant issue. Page after page, photographs show us how much this is so.

There is an article on Provençal elegance. Even in the French countryside, there is an abundance of elegance.

Another article in this special issue describes the delectable elegance of a visit to the historic perfumery Oriza L. Legrand in Paris. A quote from Coco Chanel reminds us:

“No elegance is possible without perfume. It is the unseen, unforgettable, ultimate accessory.”

The Victoria Special French Issue (May/June 2022) is available for sale now.

|| 12 May 2022

Weather Alert Radio

Recently when i mentioned in a Nouvelles that I had stayed up late to follow the weather, I received helpful information in an email from Sandy who also lives in an area where severe weather is a too-frequent problem. She wrote to recommend a device that can give you warnings directly from the national weather service. Merci, Sandy.

She wrote:

I just read your most recent Nouvelles. I wanted to mention, in case you may find it helpful, that they sell rather inexpensive (~$30) weather alert radios which will wake you up if you need to go to the basement in the event of a tornado in your vicinity. When you first get it, you plug it in and tune it to your local NOAA office. Thereafter, you will receive a loud alert when there is a tornado warning for your county.

The only downside is that it will probably scare you and your cats out of ten years’ growth when it goes off in the middle of the night.

I have the Midland NOAA Emergency Weather Alert Radio, model WR120. Good luck!

Yours truly, Sandy

You can read more about the WR120 NOAA WEATHER ALERT RADIO on the Midland website.

|| 8 May 2022

Chic French Window Washing

When during her recent trip to France an email arrived from our Chic & Slim Special Correspondent Kat with the subject line What you wear to clean your windows, I was not sure what to expect. Above you can see the photo attached to Kat’s email. More . . .

|| 1 May 2022

A French Collection

In a previous Nouvelles, I told you about a wonderful website for French-flavored information useful for Chic & Slim. Today I have links to information on A French Collection that might interest you. More . . .

|| 24 April 2022

Church Attendance in France

Last Sunday after I shared with you our Chic & Slim Special Correspondent Kat’s report on Easter Sunday in France, Kat emailed concerned that from that report you would get the impression that all the French in her area did on Easter Sunday was to go to the pâtisserie to buy pastries and breads and fancy dark chocolate confections. Kat wanted to assure us that a great many French go to church — not just on Easter Sunday, but regular Sundays as well. She sent comments and photos. More . . .

|| 21 April 2022

Parisiennes on Holiday

Our Chic & Slim Special Correspondent Kat, still in France, has been on the lookout for Parisiennes holidaying in Normandy to show us what they are wearing this spring. More . . .

|| 6 March 2022

Caffeine Zaps Iron Absorption? Yes, No, Sometimes

If we are following the news these days, there are enough disturbing reports and images to keep us awake at night without an excess of caffeine. So sometimes we need to cut back — even when caffeinated beverages generally do not bother us.

Scientists have done a better job taking the caffeine out of coffee without destroying good flavor than taking it out of tea. When caffeine is removed from tea, the results are not always tasty. Certainly not as satisfying to my taste buds as regular teas — both black and green. So I look for good decafs. More . . .

|| 30 January 2022

Eye Makeup Tricks for Certain Age

Once, when I was in my late 40s, I was in conversation with a woman of impeccable chic in her early 70s. The one exception to her head-to-toe chic I noticed was her eye makeup. She looked as if she had black rick rack on her upper eyelid and her eye shadow extended out onto her face.

Oh dear, I thought. Did that mean when I was her age, I would have all over the place eye shadow — and that I would have to choose between no eyeliner and a messy, zigzagged line? I need my eyeliner. I have small eyes, and without eyeliner, I look squinty-eyed and shifty.

Unfortunately, as we age, like other parts of us, our eyelids are often not as taut as they were when we were younger. This looser skin makes it more difficult to apply eye makeup precisely. What to do?

Never fear. Our Chic & Slim Special Correspondent Kat to the rescue with some certain age eye makeup advice. More . . .

|| 27 January 2022

Making French Pain Seigle (Rye Bread)

Actually I began the starter on Tuesday. Wednesday progressed to the "sponge." Now today Thursday has been dough and bake day. A long, tiring process. (I understand why those French bakers are such burly men.) But I am hoping when the baking is complete that I will think the bread worth all the work. And all the cleanup !!

I have been photographing the process at the different stages. I will tell you about the experience soon. Right now I am going to wash a LOT of bowls and pans. — Anne

|| 23 January 2022

France-Themed Website To Explore

Recently I received an email with a link to an article about those French baguette vending machines. (Merci, Adele). The article was on a France-themed website with which I was unfamiliar. Well designed and with wonderful photography and interesting articles.

If you have not previously explored A French Connection, you might enjoy doing so.

Baguette Vending Machine Article

A French Connection website welcome page

|| 16 January 2022


Susan in Hamilton is a fan of the blog That’s Not My Age created by London-based Alyson Walsh. Recently Susan sent text and a link for an article by a guest writer on the blog encouraging walking. Merci, Susan.

A walk? you say. But it’s so COLD out there!

Properly dressed, you can find a walk in the cold invigorating — not uncomfortable. I like wearing my three-layer Covid masking for cold walks because it keeps my nose warm.

Of course, when you return from your walk in the cold. a mug of steaming tea tastes wonderful.

Why walking is good for you on That’s Not My Age