|When a French woman tells you she has baguette for breakfast — two or three pieces — do note the small size of the slices. As you know, moderation is the mantra.|
Entre nous finding out what my French friends, particularly les femmes d’un certain age, eat for breakfast, lunch, dinner and the occasional snack — as you know, many never eat between meals — is one of my favorite “assignments.”
I’m just back from my Tuesday morning English conversation classes with new info for you. Obviously, this is a conversation we had in English. It’s easy because it doesn’t call for verbs, just a list of food.
Here then is what my friends told me today:
|There is nothing quite like the crunchy deliciousness of butter with sel de mer crystals.|
Christine: “Green tea, two pieces of plain white bread with salted butter and if there is a piece of baguette left over from the night before I’ll have that too.”
Marion: “Before I tell you what I eat for breakfast, I have to explain — or rather I really can’t explain — the pecular habit I have had since I was a child. Every morning I drink four to five glasses of cold water. I have one before my meal and drink the other through and after it. I know, it’s bizarre.”
Moving right along. . .”black tea; two pieces of baguette with butter and my homemade red currant jelly.”
|Fresh “white” bread from the boulangerie. As you can imagine, it has nothing to do with the revolting industrial white breads out there.|
Françoise: Green tea with bergamot; two pieces of white bread from the boulangerie of course; margarine, because I have cholesterol; and homemade jam.
|Orange juice “sans pulpe“|
Anne: “A glass of Tropicana sans pulpe orange juice; I hate pulp.
|Anne makes green tomato marmalade with oranges and lemons. It sounds divine.|
Then I have two slices of toasted brioche, one piece of toasted baguette and my homemade green tomato marmalade.”
|Hmmm, brioche. . .|
Fleur: “First thing, a glass of warm water followed by black tea with lemon; two pieces of toasted baguette or two slices of brioche, toasted; margarine, my friend’s homemade plum jam with cinnamon and a small bunch of grapes.
When grapes are out of season I’ll have a mandarine or a kiwi.”
|Honey is being harvested in all the smart places including atop of the Opera Garnier in Paris.|
Anne often spreads her brioche with honey from her family’s country house. Recently, my French niece brought us a tiny jar of honey that was harvested from the roof of the town hall where she is a member of the government.
It is so much fun to hear what you eat for breakfast. Please continue to share.