• Pauline Rotsaert

Gavé’s lockdown guide: pastries, art & french

A few more weeks to go through in lockdown for all the Victorians and quite a lot of time to kill, especially if you’re a parent temporarily turned into a kindergarten teacher!

I’d like to suggest a few things on my own: a few activities made in France that don’t require much, all kids friendly and great to do together with friends, housemates, or by yourself!

The three activities I suggest can occupy at least one of your lockdown day and I’ll obviously start with a tender childhood cake recipe... C’est parti!

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1. Le gâteau au yaourt

The following recipe of “gâteau au yaourt” is probably one of the first ones I’ve learned and a classic of the french homemade and quick cuisine. Not only very easy to realise (and hard to miss!), it is also delicious and a perfect alternative for breakfast, desserts or goûter. In France, yogourt come in individual portion, and are used in this recipe by most people as a measurement cup! To adapt to the Australian way, I’ll then refer to a normal size cup.

First things first, preheat the oven at 160°, then gather the following ingredients:

  • 1 cup of yogourt

  • 3 cups of flour

  • 2 cups of sugar

  • 1 cup of neutral oil (or melted butter!)

  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder

  • 2 eggs

Put all the ingredients in a bowl, whisk it, pour the mix into a buttered or oiled baking tin. Cook in the oven for about 35 minutes (180°) until the cake gets a lovely golden colour. The gâteau is ready but you can always custom it with a delicious chocolate ganache on top for, or any decoration of your choice! Bon appétit!

2. La pâte à sel

A life-saving activity to any kid related-business in France... All you need is salt, flour and water to turn anyone into an artist and wake up creative instincts. As the rest of the activities I’m suggesting today, making pâte à sel is perfectly suitable for anyone above 2 y/o.

Here again, the cup measurement is the easiest: mix together in a bowl ½ a cup of table salt (the thinner the better), 1 cup of flour and 1 cup of slightly warm water. The use of your hands to knead the mix is highly recommended, don’t hesitate to add more solid ingredients if it gets too slImy or some food colouring for more fun!

Once the “dough” gets easily manipulable, you can turn it into the shape of your choice: a figurine, food items, a statue, a plate, etc.. Warm up your creations in the oven for about an hour, or let it dry in the open air. If you didn’t colour it yet, you can then paint it with watercolour.

3. Learn French in a fun way

Now more than ever is a great time to give yourself the opportunity to improve your skills. I particularly recommend checking out the website of Alliance Française Melbourne, which always provide with great activities but also launched an online library, la culturothèque. A great compilation of any possible resources, all linked to the french languages and culture: books, music, films, games, etc.

SBS on demand also offers a wide range of French films (with or without subtitles), a great way to test your French oral understanding skills! And if you’re looking to go further and haven’t listened to it yet, you can also listen to the SBS French podcast and find the Gavé interview, on the following links:



Another fun activity for the weekend, instead of heading to the indoor supermarket, come take some fresh air and support the local farmers & producers at the closest market near you! Follow us on Instagram or Facebook to find out where we will install our next stall!

Last but not least! Our online shop is open every day. We’ll be very happy to prepare your favourite treats and we deliver if possible and respecting all safety rules.

We hope you and your close ones stay safe and if you want to share with us some of your creation or skills following the reading of this article, I can’t wait to see it!


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