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French Cuisine Month

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December 29, 2014 / French / By
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After a month dedicated to winter holidays we decided to take an online trip to France and try various French recipes. When we wrote about the French Christmas traditions, we were intrigued by all the amazing recipes we found and we immediately wanted to explore everything that this cuisine has to offer.

France has such a beautiful culinary history! French were and still are very creative in the kitchen. Sophisticated and full of flavor, French dishes are a must try for a foodie.

French National Cuisine

In France, traditions are something that cannot be ignored! In order to really enjoy French cuisine you need to know some things about the most loved dishes, how they are served and when.

First off, let’s talk about main meals.

The day starts with le petite déjeuner (breakfast). Tartines (slices of French bread) with jam or jelly, croissants, pain aux chocolat (sweet roll with chocolate inside) and, of course, coffee or tea. Now this is what we call a delightful breakfast!

Le déjeuner (lunch)

Traditionally, lunch was a two hours day meal with three or four courses but recently, the French have a normal, one hour lunch break. The menu depends on what restaurants have to offer.

For a traditional lunch, take a look at the dinner dishes!

Le dinner (dinner)

Here, the things are a little bit complicated.  A French dinner usually consists of three courses: entrée (appetizers or soup), plat principal (main dish), cheese and/ or dessert. Sometimes a salad is served before cheese or dessert. Dinners can vary depending on how big of a meal lunch was.

Favorite entrées:

Terrine - French forcemeat loaf

Bisque - creamy soup made of lobster, crab, shrimp or crayfish

Foie gras - French product made of duck or goose liver. Foie gras is a well-known delicacy from France.

French onion soup

Tomato Soup

Croque monsieur – grilled ham and cheese sandwich

Favorite main dishes:

Pot-au-feu – French beef stew

Steak-frites – steak and fries

Baguette – French bread

Favorite cheeses:

When it comes to cheese, we can say that French people love cheese as much as Italians do. Italy has a variety of cheese types and so does France.

You can read more about French cheese HERE.

Favorite desserts:

Crème brûlée -  a dessert with a rich custard base (usually flavored with vanilla) and a layer of hard caramel. 

Chocolate mousse – similar to a creamy pudding

Crệpes – thin pancakes

Café liégeois – a cold dessert prepared with sweetened coffee, coffee flavor ice-cream and whipped cream (chantilly cream).

Fruit tartin

Pâtisserie

Oh, this is where we became more then excited! Bienvenu in the land of pastries and sweets!

From croissants to macarons, with a quick stop via eclairs – this is France as its best! If you are on a diet, please ignore this section. If you have a sweet tooth and you are not on a diet, welcome to Paradise!

Beverages and drinks

Before meals, French serve an aperitif (wine, champagne, cocktails) with amuse-bouche (a single, bite sized entrée).

The digestifs are served after meals and they are usually stronger. Cognac, Armagnac (a special brandy), Calvados (apple brandy) and fruit alcohols are preferred.

Now you know the basics. Yes, the basics! We know it sounds crazy but haven’t we told you that French cuisine is amazing? These classics are accompanied by some full of flavor regional dishes.

Voila - traditions, gourmet meals, perfect desserts, the best pâtisserie in the world – this is French cuisine! Have a glass of wine and enjoy!


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