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Gooey Lemon Lime Salted Butter Slice ( Toys - manual or machine post)

Asparagus Appero Velouté ( A Thousand and One Things to do with Aparagus)

Oeuf Mollet ( A Thousand and One Things to do with Aparagus)

Fresh Asparagus ( A Thousand and One Things to do with Aparagus)

Strawberry Fool (Temperatures Rising post)

Death and Co (Desperate Target post)

Susie's Tian ( Summer Bliss post)

Spiced Up Chocolate Mousse ( Mummy Porn? post)

Bay Leaf and Lemon Roasted Coquelet ( Pizza Face post)

Cottage Cheese Salad ( Ouch! post)

Sunday Chilli ( Co Co CO Communication post)

Resolution Chicken Soup ( Sunshine and Joy post)

6 Minute Succulent Foie Gras ( Foie Gras Shortcut post)

Carrot & Coconut Spiced Soup ( Charm and Charme post)

Amaretto Chocolate Cake ( Autumn Dash post)

Sunday Supper Fettucini ( Haircut Hell post)

Susie's Fennel Seed and Lime Chicken (The Gracious Art of Meditation post)

Nigella's Coconut Rice ( The Gracious Art of Meditation post)

Cherry Tomato Curry ( The Gracious Art of Meditation post)

Old Fashioned ( Navigation Nightmares post)

End of Summer Apple Tart (Keeping Up post)

Warm Ravioli du Dauphiné Salad ( Cold Summer, Warm Salad post )

Pecorino, Tuna, Fresh Basil and Summer Tomato Salad (Salad Days post)

Easiest Dreamiest Dark Chocolate Ice cream ( Beware Pigeon post)

Ginger Kisses ( Mmmwah Mmmwah Dahling! post)

A "Lucky Stiff" Cocktail ( Are we all chambermaids ? post)

Blueberry, Banana, Carrot Smoothie ( Get Thin, Get Thin, Get Thin post)

Chilled Cucumber and Coriander Soup ( Husbands who do Housework post)

Pear, Almond, Dark Chocolate Spiced Coffee Cake ( Go Dutch! post)

Orgasmic Dark Chocolate and Lime Zest Gateau (Loss is Plus post)

Warm Parsnip Salad (Season's Parsnip post)

Champagne and Raspberry Gratin(Champagne! post)

Laksa ( Getting On post)

Cheat's Christmas Cake ( Last Minute Madness post)

Pecan Pie ( The Joy of "Thanks" post )

Flourless Dark Chocolate Almond Brownies ( Antumn Brownie post)

Christmas Chocolate Truffle Fudge Cake ( Christmas... Already ? post )

Foie Gras Sauternes Terrine ( Oh, To be a Duck post )

Fig Pear Apple Spiced Almond Crumble ( Linguistic LOL post )

Pepper, Fresh Tomato,Garlic, Serrano, Pasta Shells ( God Give us Parity post)

Lemon Ginger Hot Toddy for Colds ( Husbands with Colds post)

Autumn Tomato Soup ( Big Noise post)

Chocolate Mountain Crisp Cookies ( working, WORKING, Mothering, Exploding post)

Inspired Chicken Liver Paté ( Everything's Gone Retro post)

Spiced Apple Yoghurt Cake, Lemon Butter Icing ( Body Balance post )

Raspberry, White Peach and Limoncello Cups ( Disdain and More Summer Pudding #3 post )

Very Berry Summer Pudding ( Very Berry, Summer Puddings #2 post )

Minted Peach Soup ( Back to School, Summer Puddings #1 post )

Full Fibre Toasted Muesli ( World Cup Fever? post)

Energy Spring Salad ( Energy Spring Salad post)

Chicken Breast Tossed in Basilled Gremolato (Gremolato GOGO post)

Osso Bucco ( Monday Osso Bucco post)

Moistest Almond Expresso Cake with Coffee Butter Icing ( The Cake Which Gets you What you Want...Anything! post)

Red Pepper Tomato Tuna Pasta Bake (Pasta Bake for really Frustrated Mothers post )

Spring Strawberry & Blueberry Spiced Crumble (Dessert for a Spring Evening post )

Quinoa Asparagus Feta Salad (Annual Cringe post)

Lavender Dream Ice Cream ( Lavender Dream post)

Nasturtium, Cream Cheese & Ham Sandwiches ( Flower Power post)

Best Potato Salad Ever ( First Spring BBQ post)

Basil, Chive, Goat Cheese Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms ( Portobello Fresh post)

Balsamic Berry Salad ( Berry Power post)

Moist Raspberry and Lemon Zest Dessert Cake ( pre Wedding Supper post )

Mackerel Crumble (Omega Me post)

NYC Pecan and Choc Chip Cookies (MyAmericanMarket.com post)

Stawberry and Cherry Tomato Salad with Basil and Mint ( Salad Days post)

Spring Detox Smoothie ( Incredible Blimp post )

Baked Cinnamon and Orange Zest Cheesecake( On Cheesecake post)

Blood Orange Braised Endives (Beautiful Blood Oranges post )

Egg Free Choc Mousse ( Orgasmic Choc Mousse post)

Timeless Onion Soup ( Mid-Term Suppers post)

Caper, Red Onion & Bacon Tart ( Late Lunch Tart post )

Dale's Poisson Cru ( Don't Tell Them its Raw post )

Duck Sausage Curry ( Mid Week Bangers post )

Easy Crepes with various toppings (Its "Crepe Day" in France post)

Red Onion Tart (Winter Suppers Again - Classic Red Onion Tart post )

Classic NYC Bloody Mary ( Hangover Brunch Cure post)

Pesto Salmon (more Winter Suppers, Pesto Salmon post)

Soothing Lemon Soufflé ( Winter Suppers - Back to easy desserts post )

Mash and Variations (Winter Suppers 3 - The Glory of Mashed Potato post)

Braised Vegetable Hot Pot with Espelette Chicken ( see Winter Suppers 2 post)

French Apple Tart, Unadulterated ( Supper for Winter Term 1 post)

Spicey Chorizo Tomato Spaghetti ( Supper for Winter Term 1 post)

Veal/Veau Orloff, Julia Child (Just what is Veau Orloff post)

Christmas Detox Hints ( Over Christmas post)

Espuma Roquefort, Celery, Panacetta (We Workshopped post) Mille Feuilles Sud Ouest (We Workshopped post)

Gourmet Classic Egg Nog (Christmas Spirit post)

Lemon Roasted Chicken (ps More on Backdoor post)

Mrs Wood's Heavenly Honey Cake ( Mrs Wood's Heavenly Honey Cake post)

Black Ink Spaghetti with Shellfish (Spaghetti al Nero di Seppia post)

Boeuf Bourguignon, Simple ( Food is Love post)

Smoked Salmon, Dill, Cream Cheese Scrambled Eggs (One Plate Brunch post)

Heavenly Green Soup ( Things Green post)

Dark Chocolate & Chestnut Muffins ( see Sunday Muffin post)

Rhubard, Cardomom & Lime Muffins ( Sunday Muffin post)

Date, Walnut & Marscapone, Lemon Zest Muffins (Sunday Muffin post)

Apple , Pecan, Toasted Rolled Oats Muffins (Sunday Muffin post)

Susie's Red Wine Sausage Hot-Pot ( see Perspectives Men & Women post)

Mother's Pumpkin Soup ( see 70's Orange post)

Mimosa ( see Back to Brunch post )

Chestnut Panna Cotta

Artichoke Risotto

Risotto alla milanese/Saffron Risotto

Susie's Side Artichokes

Slow Poached Figs with Amaretti Biscuits

Janice's Fig Preserves ( see Getting Figgy post)

Chicken and Prawn Thai Green Curry

Mother's Waldorf Salad

Cherry Tomato and Pistachio Deep Dish Tart

Walnut Tart

Green Crunch Salald

Gorgonzola & Parsley Fettucini

Berry Pavlova

Susie's Pesto - Parsley and Walnut, Basil and Pinenut

Tomato Home-Tapenade Poached Chicken Easy Tart

Susie's Comfort Risotto

Pat's Basil & Corn Soup

Susie's Raspberry & Lemon Zest Tiramisu

Chicken Stock

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Tuesday, 23 March 2010

BRITS BETTER COOKS THAN FRENCH ?

Will World War 3 be fought with pie-pans and charlotte moulds?


Brits better cooks than the French?
Yesterday The Guardian published an article* affirming just that.
France's reputation "as the home of unrivalled culinary excellence"  was undermined.
"Results suggest the British cook more often, for longer, and produce greater variety than their French counterparts."

The French have always been sniffy, if not arrogant, about English cooking...understandable 20 years ago but less so today. They remain sniffy, believing that everything is underseasoned and overcooked but this can be rationalised by the fact that the majority of French nationals haven't travelled to Paris, letalone dared to cross the channel to London! 

It is my observation that French attitudes are largely based on swelling ignorance and nationalistic pride. This is understandable given the depth and technique of French cuisine...but where has it gone? Where do we find this amazing French cuisine today?  Yes, we do have the new wave of Bistrot ( a word of Russian, NOT French, origin!) cuisine which is bringing back the classics, made with simplicity, time and love. There is Nouvelle Cuisine which is more refined, modern, simply delicious but out of reach for most budgets. Perhaps it is this lack of a middle ground that has lead the British to believe they are superior?

And is it just the British who are giving the French a run for their money?
Everytime I go home to New Zealand I am amazed by the quality of the food, in both restaurants and in private homes. Compare top selling cuisine magazines from NZ/Australia with French counterparts...the superiority of anglo saxon culinary journalism is flagrant. When French friends make negative comments about anglo saxon cooking I sling them a copy of NZ's Dish magazine..that usually shuts them up!

The media has played a huge role in educating the anglo saxons about food. Julia Child pulled it together for french cuisine in the 60s and 70s but now we have warriors for our own food - Jamie Oliver, Gorden Ramsey and the list goes on. They are teaching the public not just about cooking but regional ingredients. They are people the public can relate to and want to cook like -  so they DO! French media is still making the mistake of using 3 star chefs who the public simply can't relate to. Worse, there are the characterless bland women in food media who promote old fashioned anglo saxon/american mainstays like...muffins, trifle and cup cakes! Middle ground?

Let's not forget the question of produce. English cooking was confined by what was on sale to cook with. When the Euro zone opened up Britain was flooded with good produce. Good produce = good food ! So perhaps we could also add that now the Brits are attacking French cuisine on a more level playing field?

So the French are no longer ruler supreme of the kitchen ? 
There is certainly an element of truth in this but let's not forget the basics they have taught us. Maybe its simply time for the French to move beyond mayonnaise and quiche..the rest of the world has!

6 comments:

  1. About time that the media, british or other, started to give the french some flack for their bullshit cuisine. Frankly I am sick of eating crap nosh in france. Also enough of tired comments about overcooked brit food. i eat my meat blue as do most of my anglo friends.

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  2. Truth hurts. Agree with John. The french are dropping down the food charts. Their attitude is half the problem. great post!

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  3. Aussie ex pat in paris,I still have to meet a french person who even knows how to make their own pastry. Agree, great post, courageous comments and all very true.

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  4. Best post yet. Good on you for tackling the truth about french cuisine. The french need to move on with their cooking.Am so sick of Bourguignon, quiche and isle flottant...

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  5. Interesting post about Brit cooking. Living in france for 20 years now and feel that as Brit cooking improves french is going down. Think the Guardian is right and totally agree with your post.

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  6. John, Paris recently23 August 2010 at 18:53

    Just discovered your blog and am LOVING the post about Brit versus French cuisine! Thanks for your wonderful take, intelligent yet hillarious! ps are you the woman from TOULOUSE on Masterchef with the cabillaud the jury loved? Are you Masterchef??????
    John, Paris recently

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