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.
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!
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 🙂
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!
Tartare de saumon, de restaurant Magokoro à Paris (Source)
What I find fascinating about Japanese culture is its popularity worldwide, and how far it has spread in the last decade or so. In the past few years, Japanese food, art, and film have become more and more popular worldwide. You may have noticed Japanese-style restaurants becoming more frequent around your city (I can certainly say I have!), and nowhere has this been more apparent than on the streets of Paris.
Tofu vapeur au sésame noir, de restaurant Magokoro à Paris (Source)
Earlier this week our French teacher showed us a number of articles titled ‘Japon – Le Perle du Paris’. I have to say that I’d never realised how popular Japanese culture has become in Paris, as well as how close Japan and France are as nations.
(On a side note: France has been very involved in trade and cultural exchange initiatives with Japan recently, possibly due to the former French president Jaques Chirac being a lover of Japanese culture, having visited Japan over 40 times and being an expert on the country. France and Japan are also known to share ideas with each other involving art and cuisine.)
Bento boîte, de restaurant Neobento à Paris (Source)
Although the articles were about a number of things, the one that really caught my eye was about the popularity of Japanese cuisine in Paris, like sushi, bento, and other Japanese-style restaurants. I love Japanese food (even some of the more unusual foods, like eel sushi, or edamame), and I thought it was really interesting to see how popular that food is in Paris.
So that was an interesting thing I learned the other day, and I hope you enjoyed learning about it (and looking at delicious pictures of the food) as much as I did!
My brother recently got a small jar of Maggie Beer’s Salted Caramel Sauce for Christmas, and I have to admit, I’ve developed an addiction to the golden, deliciously sticky stuff. And I figured, what better way to express my love for it than posting a recipe to it on my blog? But rather than write my own recipe, I’ve posted a link to my favourite version of this recipe, over at Sally’s Baking Addiction (amazing website).
La semaine prochaine, ma classe française va à la Royal Copenhagen à manger des gaufres, comme une célébration de la fin du terme. Je pense que c’est génial, et délicieux. Je suis très excité! J’adore gaufres, en particulier avec la crème glacée 🙂
Next week, my French class is going to the Royal Copenhagen to eat some waffles, as a celebration of the end of the term. I think that it’s awesome, and delicious. I’m very excited! I love waffles, particularly with ice cream 🙂