When we think of French food, it’s cliché to think of gourmet food made with rich butter and plenty of cream. Then in France, especially in the very traditional towns, I observe that most people are in fact very slim and seem like they are in great health. How does this work out? Oh, the other very cliché part of French cuisine is imagining tiny portions on the plate.
During this summer I have been very lucky to be able to experience great homemade French food, at a home, every day. The truth is that the daily dishes were very high in salads and lower in meats. They were definitely low in creamy things or things bathed in fat. A little bit of butter can be spread on the bread. And plenty of gorgeous summer fruits were the normal for dessert.
That must be how the French people stay so slim!
One day during the weekend, however, we went for a ride into the amazing countryside to have lunch at L’Estaminet de L’Andouiller, in a village called Douriez. I had published this map in a previous post but I think Douriez was a bit blurry. I’ve circled it here in blue.