You don't have to read this article because you already know what French food is, right? You might be surprised to discover that a real French meal consists of more than foie gras and Boeuf Bourgignon. Although delicious delicacies, these dishes rarely make their way to an average French table (unless prompted by some prodding by yours truly or featured for special occasions).
Grandma (or Mamie, as we call her) never made us a bowl of "French" onion soup, nor did we enjoy the classic dish from local restaurants in France. Instead, each meal was filled with fresh finds from the local market, a homemade rillettes (read on to find out what that is!), or an incredibly fresh mix of vegetables, hot or cold.
The occasional stew, roasted chicken, and shrimp brochette (skewers) would make an appearance at the onset of more company, but rarely becomes a daily staple.
What we, the French, eat is not always so important as how we enjoy it. Cured meats, soft cheeses, and crusty fresh bread may not sound like a full sized or even a healthy dinner to some, but with close friends and family, invigorating conversation, and a good bottle of wine, its the perfect end to the day.
Are you the family that grabs food from the fridge whenever you’re hungry, rarely enjoying a meal time together? Or do you insist on being around the table, every night, at a designated time, to simply eat together? In my house, unless you had a pre-approved circumstance, sitting around the table at 7 p.m. was a requirement, no questions asked.
French restaurants beware! This list of my top 10 other French foods may have you rushing to the kitchen to start making these (and other) dishes for your own family and friends. You may even find yourself enjoying more than just the food. Time to hang up those old casserole dishes and crock pots, for a healthy twist on French life.
Á votre santé!