Experience a Bit of France!
Hello ONIE Bloggers !!
I am Charlene, a graduate student from France and I am doing an internship in Oklahoma City with the Department of Nutritional Sciences. It is my
pleasure and a great opportunity to work with the ONIE project during this summer. Today, I wish to share with you what I know about nutrition and eating habits in France. It may be interesting to compare what we do in France to the USA. We have a National Nutrition and Health Program in France called Manger-Bouger or Eat and Move. It means eat 5 fruits and veggies per day and do a minimum of 30 minutes of physical activity per day. There are different French nutrition prevention campaigns. People of all ages and ethnicities are targeted. The program provides 8 booklets with nutrition advice adapted according to profile (babies, children, teenagers, pregnant, adult..)
Daily Recommended Food Groups
FRANCE vs USA
TRADITIONAL EATING HABITS IN FRANCE
For breakfast, we usually enjoy a croissant or chocolate croissant with a slice of bread with butter or jam. The meal is served coffee or fruit juice. We do have a brunch a France.
In France this meal is more important than in the USA and it takes more time. For example we eat a salad, Nicoise, with gratin. Gratin is like chicory with ham enrolled and béchamel sauce. The meal is served with cheese and bread. The cheese is camembert or blue, and is famous in France. Dessert may be fruit yogurt a baked desert such as choux, Religieuse.
Sometimes we have a snack in the afternoon. This is important for children. An afternoon snack is called, Le goûter or Le Quatre heures. Snacks are usually fruit, madeline, shall-shaped cookie and fruit juice.
Dinner is a less important meal in France than in the USA. We eat dinner usually between 7:30 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. We often eat a vegetable mix called Ratatouille with cheese and a slice of bread.
In France, we have little food weaknesses too. Some of the French food weaknesses are foie gras, escargots, frog legs, and French toast that we call pain perdu.
CELEBRATION MEAL TYPICAL OF FRANCE
A favorite Christmas Dessert is a Yule Log called Bûche de Noel. It is filled with a pastry cream that can be different flavors such as chocolate, vanilla, coffee, or red berry. The outside is covered with chocolate frosting and decorations.
Candlemas is celebrated on February 2nd. Crepes are often served on this holiday. Crepes are like an American pancake but are thinner.
FRENCH RECIPE: TARTE TATIN
I suggest that you try a typical French dessert recipe, the Tarte Tatin. It is an upside-down tart with apples. It is easy to cook and does not take long to prepare.
7 to 9 Gala apples (peel, core, and cut into quarters)
1 frozen puff pastry sheet
2 oz unsalted butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1. Preheat oven to 350F.
2. Cover a pie plate with baking paper. Melt butter in the microwave and pour into pie plate. Add brown sugar and cinnamon and mix.
3. Arrange apples on pie plate, arranging them into a circle.
4. Bake for 10 minutes.
5. While apples are baking, roll pastry sheet on floured work surface until it is round.
6. Remove apple mixture from oven and then cover mixture with round pastry.
7. Return to oven and bake 20 to 25 more minutes or until pastry is browned.
8. Remove from oven and cool for ten minutes.
9. Turn pan upside down on platter. Remove baking paper.
It’s ready ! Serve immediately with thick cream or whipped cream. This will typically serve 4-6 people. Enjoy!