Food

Henri Le Roux – Chocolatier and Caramélier

Mon dieu! Today in French class our teacher showed us a video displaying the work that goes on behind the famous chocolate company Henri Le Roux. I have no words for how delicious all the chocolate and caramel looked, so the video below should show you well enough. Just try not to slobber all over your computer (or phone) while you’re at it.

À bientôt 🙂

Le chocolat

As one of my major projects for French this year, I have to research an aspect of French cuisine, and I’ve chosen French chocolate and chocolatiers as my topic. Below I’ve written a few paragraphs about it, as an introductory essay of sorts.


 

When one thinks of French food, the initial thought is often that of their cheese, wine or bread. But, as this article points out, le chocolat is actually one of France’s best kept secrets. Its neighbours, Belgium and Switzerland, are famous worldwide for their gourmet chocolate, but, as I’m hoping to discover through this project, France may secretly have some of the best.

The cocoa bean was first introduced to France in the 1600’s when Anne of Austria, a Spanish princess, married the King of France Louis XIII. At first it was drunk as a beverage and used only by the French nobility (la noblesse), but soon began to be sold in pharmacies around France as a ‘miracle food’, due to its supposed therapeutic values. 

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At the beginning of the Industrial Revolution (around 1760), chocolate was finally made available to the public when chocolate businesses were set up around the country, quickly selling chocolate bars and hot beverages. From then on, it swiftly became a staple of French cuisine, and many families even now have a chocolate mousse or cake recipe that has been passed down through the generations.

Just like their wine, the French prefer very high-quality chocolate, and the favourite choice is often of the ‘dark’ variety, as this website explains.

“31% of sales in the French chocolate market are premium, compared to just 19% in [the rest of] Europe. 25% of French consumers buy only dark chocolate while 65% buy dark and milk.”

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Some of the best and most well-known French chocolatiers include Patrick Roger, Cazenave, Hirsinger, Richart, and Valrhona. Check out their websites if you’ve got time, because some of the chocolate on there is seriously amazing. 

Paragraph in French:

Bonjour!

J’aime le chocolat (c’est délicieux) et donc j’ai choisi ‘ le chocolat ‘ pour mon sujet pour mon projet ce terme en français. 

Histoire: La fève de cacao a été présentée en France en années 1600 où Anne de l’Autriche a épousé le Roi De France Louis XIII. D’abord c’était juste une boisson et a utilisé seulement par la noblesse, mais bientôt il a été vendu dans des pharmacies autour de la France comme ‘une nourriture miracle.’ Autour de 1760, le chocolat a été rendu disponible au public quand les affaires de chocolat ont commencé dans tout le pays, vendant les barres de chocolat et des boissons chaudes. Le français préfère le chocolat très de haute qualité et leur favori est du chocolat noir.

Il y a beaucoup de types différents de chocolat, comme le chocolat noir, le chocolat blanc, le chocolat avec des noix, le chocolat avec des fruits secs, etc. (Ils sont tout délicieux à moi!) En France, ils considèrent la fabrication de chocolat un art et des chocolatiers sont vraiment des artistes. Ils ne font pas juste le chocolat étonnant, ils font aussi des sculptures de chocolat et de bonnes pièces. Un peu de ce chocolat peut coûter des centaines de dollars! La Fabrication de chocolat est une affaire sérieuse en France!


Hopefully you enjoyed that delicious post, and more chocolate stuff should be coming soon!

À bientôt 🙂

Le Fromage

Ah, le fromage. Few things are so typically French as delicious, smelly cheese (well, that and baguettes and berets).

I am fortunate enough to be one of those people who loves just about every type of food under the sun, but cheese is especially wonderful. I think what I appreciate most about cheese is its versatility: it can be baked into a cheesecake, sprinkled as a topping on just about every hot meal, melted into fondue and enjoyed with morceaux du pain, or just enjoyed on its own with a fine glass of wine (not that I’m actually old enough to do that yet, however!)

As part of French class we were tasked to write about le fromage, and I’ve decided to simply write a list of my personal favourite cheeses and cheese dishes, in all different forms. Enjoy!

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Les chefs que j’aime

First things first: I’m secretly a big My Kitchen Rules fan. I watch it every time it’s on with my family, without fail. It’s one of the few reality TV shows I actually enjoy.

So imagine my glee when our French teacher said that for one of our weekly tasks this term, we had to research French chefs in Australia! The first person that leapt to my mind was of course, the excellent Manu Feildel. But during my research, I also discovered several other French chefs of importance. Here they are below.

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Les recettes que J’aime

If there is one thing I love more about French culture than anything else, it has to be the food. France has a proud history of delicious food and gorgeous meals, and so I decided to take this opportunity to share some of my favourite French recipes! View the recipes after the jump below 🙂

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Le Petit Déjeuner

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Le petit-déjeuner est le premier repas du jour et, je pense, le plus important. Si vous voulez être sains, vous devez prendre le petit-déjeuner!

Le petit-déjeuner est important parce qu’il vous donne la force et les substances nutritives vous devez être sains pendant la journée. Il est très important de manger un petit-déjeuner équilibré qui a la fibre, le calcium, la protéine et des glucides. En général, pour le petit-déjeuner je mange du pain avec le beurre de cacahuètes, ou un croque-monsieur et parfois je mange un croissant avec du jambon et du fromage. Et en général, je bois un verre de jus des fruits, ou un café au lait.

Mon petit-déjeuner préféré est le curry indien. Étrange, je sais, mais je pense que c’est délicieux! En général, ma mère fait mon petit-déjeuner pour moi. Elle est un ange!

Que mangez-vous pour le petit-déjeuner ?

À bientôt :)