What do French ladies eat during the winter?

This post is dedicated to one of our reader Athena from Panama City, Florida in the US, who kindly requested to know the answer to this question… So here you go Athena!

Impossible to answer this question accurately because there are probably at least as many ways to eat as there are French ladies!!

However, here are some trends…

The least we can say is that our behaviour in this matter is very paradoxical. Our pace of life and the dictates of fashion, influence us to prefer fast food or a diet low in animal proteins. Luckily, our culture of taste takes over and prompts us to look for the flavour in everything we eat and drink. Therefore, all opportunities are good to concoct delicious dishes with fresh basic products, spices, meat or fish and to vary the pleasures.

In winter specifically, we favour soups, stews … We also like fondue, raclette, gratins. We appreciate (also) a lot of grilled meat (pork, beef, lamb…) and fish.

Over the christmas celebrations, we prefer wildfowl, fine and delicate dishes such as shellfish, fish, white meat (like rabbit, quail…), old vegetables (Jerusalem artichokes, parsnips, squash…), chestnuts….

Finally, we are great amateur of pastries, sweets, cheese and wine, especially when it is very cold!!!

To conclude, whether you are in the rush, “fashionista” or others, our culinary credo might be:

“A life at 100 miles an hour but full of flavours!”

French Boeuf Bourguignon

This is a nice Boeuf Bourguignon I ate last week. Perfect for the cold winter…

Original French Text:

Que mangent les françaises en hiver ?

Impossible de répondre précisément à cette question car il y a surement au moins autant de façons de se nourrir qu’il y a de françaises !!

Quelques tendances toutefois…

Le moins que l’on puisse dire, c’est que notre comportement en la matière est très paradoxal. Notre rythme de vie et les diktats de la mode, nous « poussent » à privilégier la restauration rapide ou une alimentation faible en protéines animales.

Toutefois, notre culture du goût reprend heureusement le dessus et nous incite à rechercher de la saveur dans tout ce que nous mangeons ou ( nous ) buvons.
Dès lors, toutes les occasions sont bonnes pour mitonner des bons petits plats à base de produits frais, d’épices, de viande ou de poisson et à varier les plaisirs.

En hiver précisément, nous privilégions les plats mijotés : potages, ragoûts… Nous aimons également les fondues, la raclette, les gratins. Nous apprécions (également)beaucoup la viande grillée (porc, bœuf, agneau…) et le poisson.

Pendant les fêtes, nous privilégions le gibier, les mets fins et délicats comme les crustacés, les poissons, la viande blanche ( du type lapin, caille…), les légumes anciens ( topinambour, panais, courges….), les marrons…. Nous sommes enfin de grandes amatrices de pâtisseries, de confiseries, de fromage et de vin, particulièrement quand il fait très froid !!!

En conclusion, que l’on soit pressée, « fashionista » ou autre , notre credo culinaire pourrait être :

« Une vie à 100 à l’heure mais pleine de saveurs ! »

Merry Christmas and enjoy the nice food!

Galette des rois photoFor these Christmas festivities, personally I do not do any diet. Except in the morning where I always eat my bread, my butter and my cheese… And I still have some strict rules: no sugar in the coffee and no sweet before snack time…

But let’s enjoy some nice meals with no frustrations and do the starter diet in January!!!

Here in France we have the tradition of the “Galette des rois” on the first Sunday of January and I will not miss that either!

Have a look at the Galette des rois recipe in English.

Enjoy your end of the year celebrations all!

Why you must not eat sugar in the morning

Your body is lazy by nature. If you give it the choice between rapid energy (marmalade, fruits, smoothies etc…) or slow energy (bread, cheese…), what do you think it is going to use first???

It will use the energy that is faster to digest and assimilate and store the slow energy….maybe in your bum…

So NO SUGAR IN THE MORNING and certainly NO MIX OF SUGAR AND CHEESE!!!!!

Typical French Breakfast is badBy the way, croissant is a bomb which mixes fat and sugar…

Sorry for the fruit juice lovers….