Hmmmm, French food?
Des crêpes, des croissants, des baguettes et pain de Français? (French toast, it's an educated guess so please correct me if I'm wrong)
I've always liked France...who hasn't? The Eiffel Tower, the famouse french museums, the French-England Underwater channel and the French food.
Yes, French food. I like the food the French eat, the way they eat it and their appetite. It's so appealing!
(A baguette - a long narrow loaf of brown, crispy bread)
I must say also that the French really like their bread! A lot of the French food today has some measure of "bread dough" inside. If there's any cultural background as to why the French uses a lot of bread please do share also!
This may have nothing to do with the actual language French but hey, if I'm going to be fluent in French why not learn some food too?
Share what you think about French food and if you your self like it or not, and do have a good day.
I've found that french people get really excited about bread. It's kinda weird. I can't say I'm a fan of French breakfasts, but the French do make good lunches and dinners. We have had some decent meals in France, but not breakfast. They tend to put milk and sugar in their coffee, for example, and serve all manner of bread with sweet jams and butter. I have neither a sweet tooth nor a particular fondness for bread. But otherwise, it's pretty good. Lunches and dinner feature hearty fare. I do like birds, fish, mussels, octopus, cows, pigs, goats, snails, and pretty much any animal flesh. "fruits de mer" can be a delight, if you're on the coast, but be prepared for anything. Always with the desert. In fact, in many restaurants the desert is already included in the price. (That may exist in some places in the US but mostly what I've seen here is that it's a separate order, at the end, and optional.) You can always just pocket it and feed it to the pigeons on the street. That's what I do.
I also am a big fan of the grape! The French bars and restaurants never turned down my euros and generally charge about half what US bars cost for a decent glass of red. At home I usually opt for a peppery Spanish variety (hearty tempranillo or Rioja), but I can drink just about any red wine, and France has many to choose from. I also like Cointreau, so long as it's mixed with tequila. It's a bit sweet all on its own.
I will say that Air France food is good. Definitely better than Delta, but that's probably because their chef is Chinese. You can never go wrong with a chinese in charge of your culinary operations, n'est-ce pas? Air France hired him a while back. We took a couple of flights over the summer on Air France and the food was excellent. But even before they hired him their food was pretty good, both in terms of quality and quantity. In an airplane I'm not so picky. Even bread and butter is welcome in that circumstance. The best part is that, unlike Delta they actually give you a hot meal, even on a 2-hour flight. It's a nice touch.
Also, their KFC actually gives you a fork and a spoon (not a spork!). I posted about this in another thread. Plastic, yes, but still a real fork and a real spoon. Our KFCs should do that as well. The spork is, like, the worst of all worlds. The tines aren't long enough to jab at anything effectively, but because of them you can't hold soup in it. What were we thinking?
My main compliment to the French dining experience is that they don't rush you. In France, you won't have some bimbo constantly at your table asking "how is everything?" and then, the minute you eat your last bite, coming over and with the check already printed out saying "okay, great, I'll get that whenever you're ready." That's really the joy of dining in France: you can just relax and sip your wine as slowly as you want without feeling rushed. I think we should adopt that attitude in our culture.
But yeah, if you like bread, you'll like eating in France. If you like wine and bread, you'll love France. And if you're into dessert, you'll never want to come home.
I made a Paris Brest, after a tragedy of a first attempt. It was delicious. Looking at French pastry recipes, a lot are sugarless doughs (choux paste) with a cream filling. The recipes are quite hard, but amazing really. They take some basic ingredients and after a magical transformation in the oven, turn it into a delicate pastry. (Unless you're like me and take it out of the oven 5 minutes too early and the whole pastry flattens into a gummy pile)
:D Thanks for sharing! I am planning on making some French food...soon though
French toast is actually called pain perdu in French. It translates to lost bread.
I was in Strasbourg once and ordered a salade de boeuf, thinking I'd get a nice pile of greens with some beef strips. No, it was actually a huge bowl of beef tips! Literally a beef salad. Tasty, but not the light meal I was expecting :D
One thing I've been wanting to make is aligot. It's mashed potatoes blended with cheese and garlic and it sounds amazing. Just need to find some Tomme cheese to put in it, like the original recipe.
Yes, sounds delicious! I've wanted to go to Strasbourg but I'm not quite sure what happened. I've heard that their food is really good so I'll pop by the next time I'm in Europe. Thanks for sharing!