Food in France

February 7, 2009

Living in France has not only been a brand new experience for me due to the new setting, but also because it is my first time in a different country, and my first time ever living away from my family… unless you count going away for a week in summer camp!

Besides the people, food is easily one of the things that I miss most from Canada. My Mom is an excellent cook, and I was very spoiled to never really have to lift a finger; there was always a delicious meal prepared every evening. I would help out sometimes with the meals that required more preparation, but for the most part I was never really involved in the cooking.

At home, the only time I really spent in the kitchen on my own was to bake and to make fudge. I love baking cookies, cakes, naan bread, etc. for my friends and my family. I quickly learned, though, that this was not a good way to stay thin- even though I wasn’t technically baking for myself, I would always have to sample just to make sure that they passed Quality Assurance 😉 I’m lucky that I don’t have an oven in France, but there is a bakery on every corner, so the temptation is there all the same ><

Luckily before I asked my mom to show me how to make curry chicken and rice using a curry sauce that I bought at Loblaws. It was pretty delicious ^^ When I first arrived in France I had no real cooking utensils, so I ate cereal for almost every meal. After I acquired a pot and a pan, though, and life was good hehe. I also found a curry sauce at the big supermarket here (Carrefour) and I had curry chicken and rice probably 4 times that week. I’m a bit sick of it already… I think it’s because Tiki Masala is probably my least favourite curry sauce.

To change things up I used tomato sauce instead of curry a few times to make a chicken cacciatore type meal. It wasn’t bad! To keep things fresh, though, I scoped out Allrecipes.com, and I found a few delicious recipes. One that I tried was a chicken stir fry. I cut up enough vegetables for 4 people hehe, but I only added a portion of chicken for 1- it ended up tasting pretty salty, so I think that I will half the bouillon cube next time.

Chicken Stir-fry

One day at the supermarket I saw a really good deal of 12 eggs for 1 euro, so I decided to go for it, although I would hardly ever eat eggs at home. I made myself a delicious omelette for lunch the next day using this handy omelette tutorial – it is really good for kitchen n00bs such as myself ^^ I looked through the website’s how-to index afterwards, and it really gave me a craving for pancakes. I bought some flour from the grocery store yesterday, and I attempted to make pancakes, but they came out more like crepes- completely flat. I asked my mom what she thought, and she said that I should add baking powder next time- strangely it wasn’t listed anywhere in the recipe, but I have found another one from Yahoo! Answers to use for next time.

I was really craving pancakes for dinner last night, but I knew that it wouldn’t be very filling, so I was trying to find a compromise… I made another trip to Ikea earlier this week, so I decided that I would also make the swedish meatballs that I had purchased there… bacon tastes amazing drizzled in maple syrup, so why wouldn’t it be the same for meatballs? Hence…

Pancakes and Swedish Meatballs Drizzled in Maple Syrup

The first pancake tasted a little bit plain, so I added cinnamon to the batter of the subsequent pancakes, and I also sprinkled it over the meatballs. It turned out to be quite delicious! It was really easy to make- the most time-consuming task consisted of whisking the batter by hand.

The maple syrup was 5 euros ($8 CAD), but it was definitely worth it, as you cannot have pancakes without maple syrup- that would just be a disaster. A lot of canadian foods are really difficult to find here, or they are outrageously expensive. One thing that I miss a lot is peanut butter. A teeny tiny jar is 5 euros, and it isn’t even Kraft! Another thing that I really miss is Kraft Dinner. I have tried everything that I can think of to find it here, but I fear that it is impossible… I even asked a question on Yahoo! Answers. There is a website called Canadian Favourites that ships Canadian food, but the prices are ridic, so I’m hoping my mom will send me some hehe.

Everyone in Canada- please eat a beaver tail for me ! Mmmm I miss them so much

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5 Responses to “Food in France”

  1. Renegade said

    Woh, you certainly are cooking up a storm. By the time you get back to Canada, you’ll be a master chef 😉

  2. Rob said

    I think you tickled something in me when you started talking about food. First, along with stir fries, frying pans are great for making up tacos or fajitas. The key is getting the spices right and then loading on the sour cream and salsa afterward. Be careful with pancakes. There are apparently two kinds of pancakes: the thick, fluffy ones we’re used to here and the thinner, crepe-like ones in Europe. I think your mom is right about the baking powder. For the maple syrup, $8 CAD is pretty good, depending on the size of the bottle, unless it’s spring time. I will make sure to enjoy a Beavertail when I finally get around to skating on the canal. Enjoy the rest of your trip and good luck with the cooking!

  3. prettypinkninja said

    Ahahahaha, I’m not so sure, but at least I won’t be a cooking n00b ^^

    Rob-
    Thanks for the luck ^^ I’m glad that you will be taking advantage of the fresh supply of beavertails along the canal… that’s really the supreme way to savour them… mmm oh baby

    I actually have tried making fajitas, but I was a bit disappointed that they tasted nothing like Mexican restaurant style fajitas. I think I will try to make my own marinade next time instead of just throwing chicken and “fajita mix” (actually only salsa) on the frying pan. Perhaps you can recommend me the spices that you use!

    I never knew before that there were such things as flat pancakes… the baking powder definitely did the trick, and the pancakes that I made today turned out great… yuuuum !

    Hope your cooking adventures are also going well ^^

  4. Rob said

    I don’t like putting the salsa on until I’m rapping the fajita; it makes the filling too mushy. I change my recipe every time based on what I have on hand but I always try to use lots of cumin. Other than that, some cilantro, coriander seed, jalapenos or chilies and a little bit of lime juice to add a bit of a twist. Other than that, try experimenting with what you have. It should be fun!

  5. ricky said

    hii…… thank’s your info..

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