Each week, I offer you a new video on a specific topic to help you better understand authentic French. If you want to practice speaking about this topic and finally gain confidence in French, join my French conversation group Ohlala French Coffee.
This week we're going to talk about food and cooking in my French conversation group. I think this is the most popular topic. Everyone loves to talk about food! It's a topic that brings people together.
Today, I'm taking you with me to the heart of my diet.
Well, I'll warn you in advance, it's not crazy! Don't imagine me picking up my baguette every morning and eating beef bourguignon while sipping a glass of wine. Because it's totally the opposite!
First, you should know that I pay attention to my diet. I try to eat a balanced diet.
I make sure I always have a sufficient amount of protein, carbohydrates and fat. This is what we call macronutrients.
It's not easy to pay attention to what you eat, and sometimes it's a bit annoying. So, to make my life easier, I eat almost every day the same thing or with some variations.
So, in the morning, I eat: Blueberries. They are not fresh blueberries, but frozen. It's much more convenient, and it's just as good.
Soy yogurt. (I use soy, because I am lactose intolerant)
Rice protein. It doesn't taste very good to be honest, but it's to get my protein fix.
Half a square of dark chocolate. This is to get a little treat.
And of course, a big cup of black tea.
It's a great breakfast, and it's a great stall! I can make it through the morning and not get hungry until noon.
At noon, I make a quick meal, but very good!
I prepare some rice thanks to my rizeuse. I make a small salad with tuna, avocado, rice of course, olives and I add a spoonful of mustard.
I don't bother: it's quick, good and balanced.
Around 4 or 5 pm, if I feel a little peckish, I make myself a snack.
I eat a chocolate yogurt with a banana and rice protein.
And throughout the day, I drink lots and lots of tea.
I drink black tea and also herbal teas.
In the evening, I eat.... ratatouille! So, not every night, sometimes I make myself a salad with the cucumbers from the garden. Every day we have a cucumber! There are two tons of them!
Actually, in the evening, I really don't have much time to cook.
So I cook on the weekends. I do what is called batch cooking. There's no French term for it, so we use the English word. Well, it's not really batch cooking, I just make a big portion of ratatouille on the weekend. I freeze smaller portions and that way during the week, I just have to reheat my portion.
And to get my protein fix and because I'm trying to eat less and less meat, I make myself fried eggs.
I hope I'm not breaking a myth, no I don't cook sophisticated traditional French dishes. The reality is different, I don't have the time and I admit I don't have a great passion for cooking.
I don't go to restaurants often, especially since the pandemic. Last weekend, I was with my family so I had the opportunity to go to a restaurant.
I usually treat myself, I have dishes like pizza, pasta or hamburgers, just greasy stuff.
As for drinks, I take water. I don't drink alcohol at all, I don't like it.
Questions about my nutrition :
- Are you more salty or sweet?
I am more salty, without hesitation. I can even eat salty food in the morning because I like it so much.
- What is your favorite food?
It's hard to choose! I don't think I can choose just one dish. I love burgers and all pasta dishes. I love Italian food too. And cheese dishes. My favorite French dish for example is tartiflette. If you come to Savoie one day, eat a tartiflette. You won't regret it.
- What is the most exotic food or dish you have ever eaten?
I'm adventurous, but not in terms of cooking. I actually had a bad experience where I ate sushi that had wasabi on it and I got a nosebleed. If I eat something too spicy, I have this reaction, I get a nosebleed. It's weird. So I don't try much. Maybe the most exotic dish I've ever eaten is Tahitian salad with parrot fish in New Caledonia.
Argh! I don't know. Like I said, I'm not a great cook, it's not really my thing. Even though I prefer to eat salty food, I like to bake. It's been a long time since I've done it, but I like to make apple crumbles.
- What is the best and worst dish in your country?
In my opinion, we don't discuss tastes and colors. The best French dish is tartiflette. It is delicious. The worst, it's hard to say... I don't like cassoulet. I apologize to all the people of Toulouse.
La bouffe (fam) = 🇬🇧 food
Mon alimentation = 🇬🇧 my nutrition
Siroter = 🇬🇧 sip
Faire attention à = 🇬🇧 to be careful
Manger équilibré = 🇬🇧 to eat balanced meals
Des protéines = 🇬🇧 protein
Des glucides = 🇬🇧 carbohydrate
Des lipides = 🇬🇧 lipid
Les macronutriments = 🇬🇧 macronutrient
Embêtant = 🇬🇧 annoying
Du coup = 🇬🇧 so
Une variante = 🇬🇧 variety
Être intolérant(e) au lactose = 🇬🇧 lactose intolerant
Une myrtille = 🇬🇧 a blueberry
Frais / Fraiche = 🇬🇧 fresh
Surgelé(e) = 🇬🇧 frozen
Une dose = 🇬🇧 a dose
Des graines de chia = 🇬🇧 chia seed
Caler = 🇬🇧 to be full
Avoir un petit creux = 🇬🇧 get peckish
Rizeuse = 🇬🇧 rice cooker
Ne pas se casser la tête = 🇬🇧 to not rack your brain
Un goûter = 🇬🇧 snack
Une tisane = 🇬🇧 herbal tea
Deux tonnes de quelque chose = 🇬🇧 a ton of
Une portion = 🇬🇧 a portion
Un œuf au plat = 🇬🇧 fried egg
Un plat = 🇬🇧 a dish
Gras(se) = 🇬🇧 greasy
Salé = 🇬🇧 salty
Sucré = 🇬🇧 sweet
Saigner du nez = 🇬🇧 have a nosebleed
Tenter = 🇬🇧 to try
Ce n’est pas trop mon truc = 🇬🇧 it’s not my thing
On ne discute pas des goûts et des couleurs = 🇬🇧 There's no accounting for taste
I'll see you soon for new adventures, in French of course! 🇫🇷