Today, Letitia Jett, a Femme d'un Certain Age , and I play a weekly game on our blogs. We share our views on our adopted countries, France for Letitia and The States for me, all the while comparing one and the other. We "come up" with a topic to "discuss" and we each publish our thoughts on the subject from our respective sides of the Ocean, never looking "at each other's sheet", so to speak.
Letitia had a brilliant, BRILLIANT idea: Why if we compared our eating "preferences"? Dishes we adore, miss and can't live without, and the rest, including what would be IMPOSSIBLE for us to swallow.
I think I should begin with food I can't ...well, even understand; my list of "Non. Merci. Vraiment." Dishes others, somewhere, delight in; let's get those out of the way and we can proceed with le reste.
LES BONS PETITS PLATS
and the much less good!
In France, because they are just plain scary
Le Casgiu Merzu
Meaning "rotten cheese", the world's most terrifying cheese from Corsica is not sold in shops as it is so rotten it is illegal to sell it for health reasons but if you really want to try, you will need solid Corsican connections...They let it rot at room temperature so to speak, so that flies can deposit their larvae, and you eat it all. Appetizing, non? and it smells as bad as it looks!
YES, those are WORMS!
I have no idea what these shells taste like. Not interested.
From other than France, because they are just plain terrifying
100 year old Eggs
They are left to "mature" in a liquid mixture for a few weeks or months. Quite a delicacy. I hear.
I saved the best for last.
Alright, enough of the I-am-not-THAT-hungry category.
I'll go back to the foods I dislike, love, miss, prefer.
In France, because they are too strange
An animal's digestive tract? umm, noooo. NO part of it in fact.
Pied de Cochon
An animal's foot? non, non et non. not Piggy's or any other's.
In the US because they are too... everything
A mixture of fat, salt and animal by-products, hidden under a gallon of stuff. ummm, no again.
Not in any height or combination; impossible to actually technically physically eat most of the time, anyway.
not even from the Carnegie Deli in NYC
Now for the good stuff. Very rich, I know, but...
I love here
Key Lime Pie
Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedicte
Pancakes- any kind.
Le Tian de Légumes from l'Ardèche
Les Oeufs à la Neige of my mother
les Moules Marinières from Chez Miocque in Deauville, France
Les Vol-au-Vent from La Grande Epicerie in Le Bon Marché, Paris
I PREFER THE FRENCH VERSION
None of this is super healthy but very much worth the "danger"
Homard a l'Armoricaine
It is funny that this recipe for lobster is called "à l'Armoricaine" from the western area in France called the Armoricaine peninsula (Brittany) but it is often mistakenly called "à l'Americaine".
to Steamed Lobster
to Apple Pie even "a la Mode"
to Pan Sauteed Sole
Poulet à la crème
to Chicken a la King
Just as good here as in France as for that matter in a lot of places
I miss here and also when I am in France
A Moroccan Tajine of Chicken- made there.
Tunisian Bricks with eggs
Filo dough stuffed with an egg and quickly deep fried in very hot oil. I grew up on these. So light. Such tasty memories of my early childhood.
I have not mentioned the cheeses of France, oooh, the cheeses! no where else.
Nor the unequaled vegetables from the marchés of rural France, especially those from Huguette, in the Ardèche. Now, THAT I miss! that is not going to be swallowed by globalisation. Surement pas!
Do you have a favorite dish from France or the US? do you have one that you wouldn't even consider eating, from anywhere? Please tell us, either below in the petits commentaires or at Letitia Jett's magnificent blog a Femme d'un Certain Age . It will be so much fun to discover your tastes.