1. Style is in the subtleties
French fashion icon Coco Chanel instructed: “Less is always more”, and when it comes to dressing – both outfits and oysters – we tend to agree. This seafood starter from Feast magazine is trimmed with champagne sabayon.
2. Egality, liberty and onions
Onions are the vegetable kingdom’s answer to Napoleon. Enjoyed by peasants and aristocrats alike, they’re classless culinary crusaders. Honour the layered vegetable in this simple, yet scrumptious, onion soup.
3. Prunes are only for eating
Home of French-kissing, the “City of Love” and plenty of saucy movies, France is no place for prunes, unless you’re talking in fruit terms. This prune and raisin tart comes from the region of Pau, where plums are plentiful and commonly dried for desserts.
4. Cool as a cucumber
Poised, stylish and enviably aloof, French women sure know how to work it. Their secret? Cucumbers. Add them to G&Ts, incorporate into your mud mask regime and serve with smoked trout for terrine with a twist.
5. Cheesiness can be chic
Imagine a world where cheesiness was applauded, not relegated to D-grade comedies. Oh wait, such a place exists! It’s called France. Double your fromage fix with Gabriel Gaté’s recipe for morbier and comté cheese salad.
6. Cream rises to the top
In the 1950s film Sabrina, Audrey Hepburn studies cookery in Paris and struggles for soufflé success. Need your own incentive? Just take a look at this chocolate variety from Feast, served with hazelnut ganache. Bon appétit.
7. Offal isn’t ostracised
Pates and terrines, like this chicken and pistachio version, are edible proof of France’s meat-eating persuasion. The cuisine is heavy on animal products, so vegans, please look away.
Via Feast magazine
8. Enemies are best buttered up
Snails often receive a bad rap outside French borders. We think it’s time for a mollusc mutiny! Invite the haters over for escargot with herb and walnut butter. The dish is guaranteed to triumph.
9. Wine not?
For more French recipes that rise to the occasion, check out our Bastille Day collection.
Catch Taste le Tour with Gabriel Gaté every night as part of SBS’ coverage of the 2014 Tour de France, nightly from 10.00pm AEST July 5 – 27. For videos, ingredients guides and recipes from the show, check out the Taste le Tour website.