|Without exception, and to my grand amazement, all of my French girlfriends make their own jams, jellies and in some cases marmalade. Danielle makes a delicious orange/lemon marmalade — not too sweet, not too tart.|
You asked me about what my French friends and acquaintances were eating for their first meal of the day. As is my wont, I’ll turn the responses into a mini series.
I’ve investigated the eating habits of my above mentioned unscientific sampling on other occasions, but I think it’s interesting to see if things have changed. Basically, French breakfasts are light, but nutritious usually comprising a fruit, something from the dairy family and a grain product.
Typically I only ask women, but I thought it would be fun to include two men this time. Here is what they told me:
Didier: An espresso. Moi: “Are you serious? That’s it?” Lui: “That’s it.” (He’s my very attractive physical therapist.)
Danielle: Plain, zero fat yogurt. Moi: “I thought the French only ate the real thing.” Elle: “I have cholesterol and I control it without medication so I’m careful with fats.”
One piece of cereal bread with either honey or homemade jam, no butter; black coffee and a clementine.
Marie-Therese: A small glass of orange juice; café au lait; three small slices of whole wheat bread, toasted with butter and my homemade jam — apricot, plum, strawberry. . .
|Jus de grenade(pomegranate juice) — bursting with antioxidants.|
Caroline: A tall glass of pomegranate juice; a small bowl of Greek yogurt; two slices of whole wheat toast with butter, and tea.
|Tomme de brebis du Pays Basque.|
My-Reason-For-Living-In-France: Two large cups of red fruit green tea; five Wasa wafers with a swipe of butter and two “leaves” of hard sheep cheese (Tomme de brebis du Pays Basque) cut with a Swedish cheese knife; and the final wheat thin with reduced sugar raspberry jam from the health food store.
More tomorrow. . .