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Typical french family dinner

Discussion in 'Social Life, Food & Drink, Travel' started by HitMan009, Mar 18, 2010.

  1. HitMan009

    HitMan009 Senior member

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    Hi,

    Can someone tell me what a typical family in France would make and eat for dinner? Please also mention what would a nice sunday dinner would be....

    I want to explore more then just haute cuisine.
     


  2. oman

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    saucisson will definitely be a part of it

    edit - maybe not dinner though
     


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    The traditional sunday meal is gigot d'agneau (roast lamb) served with potatoes, mushrooms and vegetables, but it can vary. This is followed by a salad and cheese course, then dessert, then coffee. Red wine is drunk throughout.

    The typical weekday dinner is less elaborate and it would be hard to pin down a typical case.
     


  4. Fuuma

    Fuuma Franchouillard Modasse

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    The traditional sunday meal is gigot d'agneau (roast lamb) served with potatoes, mushrooms and vegetables, but it can vary. This is followed by a salad and cheese course, then dessert, then coffee. Red wine is drunk throughout. The typical weekday dinner is less elaborate and it would be hard to pin down a typical case.
    Typical, as in typical of a family in the Northern part... I want the OP to prepare cassoulet.
     


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    Typical, as in typical of a family in the Northern part... I want the OP to prepare cassoulet.
    Last typical family Sunday dinner I went to in France was choucroute garni. I suggest he makes that. I think holy madness basically hits on it that there is good, traditional food over several hours with a lot of talking. At least, that is my experience out in the country. I think the latter two points are probably more essential than the actual food.
     


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    Fuuma Franchouillard Modasse

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    Last typical family Sunday dinner I went to in France was choucroute garni. I suggest he makes that.

    Alsacian almond carp ftw!!
     


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    The traditional sunday meal is gigot d'agneau (roast lamb) served with potatoes, mushrooms and vegetables, but it can vary. This is followed by a salad and cheese course, then dessert, then coffee. Red wine is drunk throughout.
    First time I hear of this
     


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    First time I hear of this

    Your people drink the blood of small children then go on to sell bolts of fabric for "pas cher".
     


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    Hors d'oeuvre (can be charcuterie, pate, saucisson, an appetizer or salad*)
    Main course
    Cheese
    Salad*
    Dessert


    * some people eat salad before main, some after - there's no fast rule
     


  10. globetrotter

    globetrotter Senior member

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    First time I hear of this

    I've heard of it, but I am not french, so it might be about as prevelant as a ham dinner with pinnaple in the states (Somebody is eating it, but it wasn't my family)
     


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    Hors d'oeuvre (can be charcuterie, pate, saucisson, an appetizer or salad*)
    Main course
    Cheese
    Salad*
    Dessert


    * some people eat salad before main, some after - there's no fast rule


    People that eat salad after the main course should be deported to Guantanamo.
     


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    Typical, as in typical of a family in the Northern part...

    I want the OP to prepare cassoulet.

    Are you saying that's what he's asking for, or that's what I described?

    Last typical family Sunday dinner I went to in France was choucroute garni. I suggest he makes that.

    I think holy madness basically hits on it that there is good, traditional food over several hours with a lot of talking. At least, that is my experience out in the country. I think the latter two points are probably more essential than the actual food.

    Yes. Dinner starts at 8-ish and goes until midnight.
    First time I hear of this
    Impossible. First time you've heard of gigot d'agneau served on Sunday? Uh, no.
    Hors d'oeuvre (can be charcuterie, pate, saucisson, an appetizer or salad*)
    Main course
    Cheese
    Salad*
    Dessert


    * some people eat salad before main, some after - there's no fast rule

    That's true about the salad. I dispensed with the entrÃ[​IMG]e because I find a lot of families don't serve it regularly, but it's certainly done more often than in North America.
     


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    I've heard of it, but I am not french, so it might be about as prevelant as a ham dinner with pinnaple in the states (Somebody is eating it, but it wasn't my family)

    I've heard about sunday roasts in England - I hadn't heard about it growing up in France. Which doesn't mean it's not something traditional in some regions or families.

    Ham & pineapple ? [​IMG]
     


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    I've heard about sunday roasts in England - I hadn't heard about it growing up in France. Which doesn't mean it's not something traditional in some regions or families.

    Ham & pineapple ? [​IMG]


    Les roast beefs aiment le roast beef, c'est bien connu...
     


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    Ham & pineapple ? [​IMG]


    next time you're in chicago I'll hook you up with some ham and pinnaple.


    I've had meals in french company cafaterias that we 3-4 courses and very nice. it seems wine for working lunch might be less common than it was 10 years ago, but I don't know if that is a universal thing. and try to explain to a french businessman that you watch what you eat, its like basically tatooing on your forehead that you are a sissy.
     


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