French Food

The Three French Food Bloggers you Have to Check Out

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As a die-hard foodie, I wish I had the time to try every recipe under the sun. With a packed college-student schedule, sometimes just scrolling through delicious looking food blogs can satisfy my cravings when I don’t have the time to cook.

French food in particular holds a special place in my heart. I often reminisce on my days in Paris and the delectable oranaix aux abricots I was addicted to while studying abroad there. In retrospect, I wish I would have tried everything in sight, but I guess that means I need to make it back for more food adventures.

In the meantime, these are the three French female food bloggers that I enjoy keeping up with the most. Each one brings a style of their own to the table, while still staying true to their roots.

1. Clotilde Dusoulier

Clotilde’s blog, Chocolate and Zucchini, delivers everything you could want in a food blog. Her recipes are simple, yet vibrant, making it easy for even the least experienced of cooks to experiment in the kitchen. Like the title, she focuses on both natural foods and decadent treats because who doesn’t need a little sweetness in their life? I plan on recreating (or at least   trying to) her stuffed lumaconi with butternut and chestnuts along with her black sesame panna cotta!

Recipes:

Curried Butternut Squash Pasta

Zucchini and Mushroom Crumble

Speculoos Gnocchi

2. Mimi Thorisson

Mimi shares her rustic style, mouth-watering recipes on her blog, Manger. As a family woman, raising seven children and 14 dogs in the countryside of France, her food transmits a sense of love and earthiness. Having been raised in Hong Kong, she also incorporates Asian flavors into her food, such as in her lobster with e-fu noodles. Trust me, your friends and family will adore you because her dishes will have you thinking about throwing endless dinner parties!

Recipes:

Winter Vegetable Tartlets

Paris-Brest

Strawberry mille feuille

3. Natacha Gajdoczki

Natacha is the author of A French Girl Cuisine, a food blog with both easy and intricate authentic French recipes. I enjoy this blog because the food is pretty simple overall, and she often takes inspiration from neighboring countries. Although she lives in Switzerland, she stays true to her French roots and recreates traditional recipes, like a mustard tart and La Reine de Saba, a French chocolate cake, reminiscent of her grandparents!

Recipes:

Red lentil soup with coconut milk

Pistachio-crusted Rack of Lamb

Apricot diabolical spiral brioche

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Whether you want to get fancy for your friends or just make a stand out meal for yourself, these bloggers provide tasty options. Time to get your French cooking on!

What do French Women Actually Eat in a Day?

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It is rare to think of French women and not wonder how they stay thin if they’re surrounded by croissants and other mouth-watering pastries on a daily basis. Well, to clear things up, the idea that all French women are stick thin is a myth. And hey, I’m guilty as charged for once believing it too. Don’t get me wrong, French women do have healthy appearances, and they do indulge. However, they’ve mastered the art of indulging in moderation.

This is something I could have learned to do during my time in Paris, but as an American woman, I wasn’t used to the temptation of a Boulangerie full of decadent treats right under my apartment.

So I splurged!

 French women make smart choices about what they eat most of the time. Below are some of the stereotypical meals French women are believed to eat versus some actual meals in their daily diets: (brioche and cheese included)

1. Breakfast:

Myth: “Pain au chocolat” (chocolate filled croissant)

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Reality: Brioche with butter and honey, bowl of fruit, herbal tea or coffee

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2. Lunch:

Myth: Ham and cheese sandwich on a baguette

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Reality: Salmon with avocado, salad and two pieces of fruit

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3. Snack:

Myth: Baguette and butter

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Reality: Apple or small chocolate brioche and herbal tea

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4. Dinner:

Myth: Steak and French fries

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Reality: A bit of charcuterie, capers, cheese, bread, and fruit or homemade veggie soup

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5. Dessert:

Myth: Nutella filled crêpe

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Reality: Cheese or sweet (i.e.spoonful of chestnut cream or dark chocolate); never both!

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This diet doesn’t mean French women don’t occasionally enjoy some steak and fries or crêpes, but as you can see, they do know a thing or two about balance. Hey, if this is what it takes to look healthy and feel good, then I’m in! Give it a try and let me know if it works for you!