Since French gastronomy is now on the UNESCO Intangible Heritage list, I’ve been wondering if I really do like French food.
I love French cheese. I love French bread. I love French wine. I love French home made salad dressing. I love French pastries.
Raclette! Delicious French cheese that you melt onto potatoes (and cold meats).
Tarte au citron! My favorite French pastry! It's lemon flavored.
My most recent bottle of Bordeaux. It was delicious, and only 3 euros!
I also love how much time the French spend on a meal. They really enjoy their food and take the time to savor every bite. This, too, is one of the reasons French gastronomy made it onto the intangible heritage list. It’s not only their dishes, but also how they eat them that makes them exceptional.
But as far as enjoying every meal that French people have made me, it’s definitely a no. Living chez FBF has given me ample opportunity to taste the dishes the French make, and I haven’t been impressed. This might have to do with being vegetarian, because most French meals are heavily meat based. However, if all French food was delicious one would think they’d have good side dishes as well as main courses.
So when I’m cooking, I take certain aspects of French gastronomy and add them to my own creations. I almost always include some French cheese, whether in the meal itself or eating it separately, drink some French wine (or Belgian beer), and I definitely take more time to enjoy my meal than I did before.