Food travel through France
Is there any country more renowned for its food than France? French cuisine is arguably the most revered on earth – indeed the very word “cuisine” is French. The French view eating as not just a neutral act, but as a culture. Indeed, food has become such an integral part of French culture that UNESCO placed the ‘gastronomic meal of the French’ on its list of intangible human culture.
French cuisine is respected beyond its borders and continues to influence chefs worldwide. Training in traditional French methods and cooking techniques is considered a core component of many a chef’s basic education, regardless of their country of origin. France is renowned for some of the world’s best wines and cheeses, and wine and food pairing is taken seriously in France. France has a different cheese for every day of the year.
The French like to enjoy their meals. Meals are prepared carefully and sometimes very slowly. They are influenced by the local region. And of course, you can’t forget the cheese–an important staple of the French diet.
Here are the best 6 best French dishes from across the country:
Soupe à L’oignon – French onion soup
It is a type of soup usually based on meat stock and onions and often served gratinéed with croutons and cheese on top or a large piece of bread. Although ancient in origin, the dish underwent a resurgence of popularity in the 1960s in the United States due to a greater interest in French Cuisine. French onion soup is usually served as a starter.
A classic and one of the easiest recipes on this list, it is always a hit. The secret is to achieve the perfect balance between the soft and creamy batter and the salty and crunchy bacon.
Quiche is an open-faced pastry crust with a filling of savory custard with one or more of cheese, meat, seafood or vegetables. Quiche can be served hot or cold. It is part of French cuisine but is also popular in other countries, particularly as party food.
This dish is so famous it even had a Pixar movie named after it. Ratatouille is a French stewed vegetable dish, originating in Nice, and sometimes referred to as ratatouille niçoise.
The modern ratatouille – tomatoes as a foundation for sautéed garlic, onions, zucchini, eggplant, bell peppers, marjoram, fennel, and basil, or a mix of green herbs like herbes de Provence.
Tapenade is a Provencal dish consisting of puréed or finely chopped olives, capers, anchovies and olive oil. It is a popular food in the south of France, where it is generally eaten as a spread on bread. Sometimes it is also used to stuff poultry for the main course.
A legendary French chef once said this duck and beans stew was the god of southwestern French food. He was wrong. Cassoulet is the god of ALL FOODS.
The dish is named after its traditional cooking vessel, the cassole, a deep, round, earthenware pot with slanting sides. It contains containing meat (typically pork, sausages, goose, duck and sometimes mutton), pork skin (couennes) and white beans (haricots blancs).It is the most heartwarming and delicious dish there is. Making a good cassoulet takes some time and effort, but it’s all worth it.
These fritters, of West African origin, are popular throughout the West Indies and the Caribbean and are called “Stamp-and-Go” in Jamaica. These are also made during Ramadan for Iftar or Eid by Muslims of the Caribbean. These deep-fried French Caribbean specialties can be served as appetizers or in a sandwich. They are very good and highly addictive.
The world has embraced both the French culture of food and the dishes themselves and French restaurants can be found from Perth, Western Australia, to Perth, Scotland.
At Gogrub, we want to pay our tribute to the “Nation of foodies” and therefore, we have added some French quintessence to our scrumptious snacks range. Our very famous Sundried Tomato and Olive Tapenade Crisps, which is prepared from a unique blend of all-purpose Tapenade sauce, green and black olives and sun-dried tomatoes; contains an exotic flavor that reminds you of a savory prepared by some profound chef.