hmm...I suddenly want to talk about French cuisine! The French are the original foodies....did u know that even the term "cuisine" was coined by the French...Meaning "the kitchen". Most of the culinary terms that we are aware of, are infact, French....a 'la carte..Entrée ..Sorbet..Banquet...cafe..etc etc. a simple meal was suddenly Fine Dining. for all of us who think a starter, a main course and a dessert is fine dining....theFrenchh had a 12 course menu, yes, 12...which are as under :
- Hors D'oeuvres ( where almost every letter is silent! pronounced as 'Odouves'...the appetizers)
- Potage (soup)
- Poission (no, not poison...just fish)
- Entrée(finally a word we're familiar with!)
- Relevé (ONE of THE main courses)
- Sorbet ( ooh another known word! we're good!)
- Rôti ( dont worry, 'roti' is our invention still.....this is french for 'roast')
- Legume (yes! another one!)
- Entremet de sucre ( just remember entremet, lol....aka dessert)
- Savoureux ( something savoury after dessert??!!)
- Dessert ( nope, no mousse and flans....just fruit and nuts)
- Café ( coffee..to kill every flavour of the courses above)
French food is fancy food..an acquired taste..my father almost fainted after accidently biting into a scallop (NEVER chew, just swallow). i still have not figured out how caviar is such a luxary....i mean it's just fermented fish eggs and i personally hate it! French have a knack for glorifying even the simplest of things....if you go to France and order Pommes Frites because it sounds nice, all you'll get is a plate of french fries! Melon Frappe is NOT some cooling beverage...just cold melon!
French food is for Page 3 sociallites, it is classy to eat (and digest) French food. i once skipped my normal roti & subzi because i was tempted by an array of delicious looking dishes at a french convention....at the end of the evening, i could neither swallow nor throw...the meat was underdone ( Au bleu is what they called it!)...i bit into this inviting crispy patty, not expecting a puss-like, fowl smelling substance inside it...the soup had strange, suppossedly edible 'objects' floating in it....the pasta had some cheese that smelled like molten rubber....and more cheese everywhere! finally, when i reached the dessert counter...they just had greasy, suggary puff pastries left (which, again, i'm not fond of)....ah, everybody should have such experiences in their lives...sadly, it had to be ME!
i guess, the morals of the story are >>
(a) now i know why the French drink such a lot of wine!
(b) i'm sorry if you're french, or if you like french food
talking of alcohols....have you ever wondered why Spirits are called so? hmm... i will answer that, but another time...
till then....Au revoir...