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One of the things you should not miss in your lifetime is to get to know the finesse of French cuisine. We have prepared a few recipes to help you start your culinary adventure with a taste of France. But let us begin with some history.
The foundations of French cuisine were laid in the 15th century with the appearance of the first culinary books. The dishes bear the traditions of the Moors and even then,they start becoming more sophisticated. To achieve an unusual taste, French people used sugar, which was then considered a real luxury. They added almonds and milk, as well as rose water for additional flavour. Saffron, on the other hand, was used to add colour. The tradition of serving good wine with sophisticated dinner started in the 16th century. It is thanks to Louis XIII, however, that it transforms into what we know today. It is namely him who makes formal meals so solemn and glamorous. Here are some unique features of French cuisine.
An abundance of sauces – few people actually know that a lot of the world-renowned sauces that are used everywhere are in fact French. Even mayonnaise has French roots.
Alcohol is part of the recipe – it is most commonly wine that plays this important role in French meals. The alcohol in it evaporates completely and what remains is only the amazing taste and aroma.
The French adore vegetables – a lot of the traditional dishes are prepared with vegetables.
Their cuisine is brimming with meat dishes.
Sea food is revered. Dairy products – not as much, with the exception of cheese. The types with mould are particularly popular.
Soups are another favourite course in French meals. Their cuisine is full of them.
Last but not least, in France people venerate desserts. They are sophisticated, airy and exceptionally delicious. Crèmes, fruit desserts and, not to miss, croissants.
And here are three of the best French dishes that you must try at least once in your lifetime. Or perhaps a million times.
5 tbsp. olive oil
1 bell pepper
1 clove of garlic
salt and pepper to taste
First, prepare the sauce. For it, you need to cut and fry the onion in the olive oil. Dice the bell pepper, add it to the pan and cook through for five minutes. Take 4 tomatoes, puree them in a blender and afterwards add them to the onion and pepper. Cook everything for another 15 minutes. Add salt and black pepper, then some parsley. Turn the fire off and leave on the stove for 2-3 minutes. Set aside and prepare the vegetables. Slice the courgettes, aubergines and the rest of the tomatoes in thin rounds. Salt the aubergine and let drain for 15 minutes, then rinse and pat dry. Pour the sauce on the bottom of an ovenproof dish. Arrange the vegetables on top so that they fit in closely together. Chop finely the garlic and the rest of the parsley, mix with some salt and pepper and the rest of the olive oil. Pour over the vegetables and bake in a pre-heated oven at 180°С for about an hour.
French onion soup
3 large onions
1 litre beef stock
30 gr. butter
slices of French rustic bread
2 tbsp. olive oil
100 gr. cheese (preferably French, of course)
salt and pepper to taste
Peel the onions and slice them thinly. Melt the butter in a heavy sauce pan. Turn the heat to low and put the onions in. Cook until they start taking on some colour, then put the lid on and leave for another 15-20 minutes. In another pot, prepare the beef stock and then add the onions. Toast the bread with some olive oil. Serve in bowls by placing a slice of bread on top and sprinkle with grated cheese.
1 litre heavy cream
200 gr. sugar
8 egg yolks
1 vanilla bean
Mix the cream and half of the sugar and bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Beat the yolks with the rest of the sugar and add the vanilla. Pour the cream slowly over them, whisking constantly. Divide the mixture into ramekins. Put them in a baking sheet filled with hot water so that it reaches halfway up the sides of the ramekins. Cook in the oven for about 40 minutes at 160°С.
Text: Fashion Inside