French food: 2 of the easiest and most delicious recipes

Emeline Paillasseur

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France is known around the world as one of the best place for gastronomic food. Many people think that french food is all about fancy restaurants and very complicated recipes, but it’s not! Here are some easy recipes that you can do at home, to share a nice french dinner with your friends or family.

Ratatouille:

The traditional ratatouille is cooked in a casserole - Image credit : Flickr Béatrice Peltre
The traditional ratatouille is cooked in a casserole – Image credit : Flickr Béatrice Peltre

This dish is well known since the Pixar movie but above all else it’s a traditional vegetable recipe from the south of France.

Ingredients
1/4 cup olive oil, plus more as needed
1 1/2 cups small diced yellow onion
1 teaspoon minced garlic
2 cups medium diced eggplant, skin on
1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
1 cup diced green bell peppers
1 cup diced red bell peppers
1 cup diced zucchini squash
1 cup diced yellow squash
1 1/2 cups peeled, seeded and chopped tomatoes
1 tablespoon thinly sliced fresh basil leaves
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley leaves
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Put half of the olive oil in a pan on medium heat and once it’s hot add the onion and garlic. When it’s caramelized add the eggplant and after a few minutes the peppers. Once it’s partially cooked add the other vegetables and the rest of olive oil. Add basil, parsley, and salt and pepper, to taste, and cook for a final 5 minutes.

You can eat ratatouille as a side dish with meat or fish, or you can eat it cold on toasted garlic bread.

Pain perdu (french toast):

Pain perdu means "lost bread" because you can cook it with dry bread - Image credit: Flickr dennis Wilkinson
Pain perdu means “lost bread” because you can cook it with dry bread – Image credit: Flickr Dennis Wilkinson

Pain perdu is one of the easiest and cheapest desert you can imagine but it’s delicious and always make a good impression.

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons sugar
4 tablespoons butter
4 eggs
1/4 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
8 of brioche, or white bread

Whisk together eggs, milk, sugar and vanilla and pour into a shallow container such as a pie plate. In a pan melt butter over medium heat. Dip the first slice of bread in the mixture for 2 minutes and fry it until golden brown, then flip to cook the other side. Do it with all the slices.

Serve the french toast warm with honey, sugar, melted chocolate, or fruits. 

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Emeline Paillasseur