I was asking Moi, if brussel sprouts are eaten or are even available in the USA, I am pretty sure that they are eaten in France, but are they a popular winter vegetable, and a definite 'must have vegetable' on Christmas Day?
Hello, Jazzy ! That's a good question ! As myself seldom eat any - and anyway never cook any, I hate the smell!- I looked up online statistics to be able to answer:
Sprouts are grown in France (North, Brittany, Loire Valley, Ile de France): 28,000 tons (UK:166,000;The Netherlands:97,000;Belgium:39,000 -Spain: only 12,000) But whereas you eat 3,5kg/y/inhabitants, we barely eat...300g. So, I bet they are not really popular. And surely not a "must have" on Xmas Day !
Honestly, I've never eaten any and I don't think any of my acquaintances eat them. though you can see a lot of recipes and they appear on frozen food catalogues. In fact, the only places where I saw frog's legs were Chinese restaurants. On the other hand, snails (as the question will probably be asked) are quite popular and, for a lot of people, a "must have" on Xmas or New Year menus. But not on mine !!!
Sunnydays : Not so long ago, I'd have said a roasted fowl as a main dish, but now, smoked salmon and "foie gras" as a starters are more and more popular. It's also trendy to have game. Traditional dessert : "Yule log" (but instead of a cake roll with butter cream icing , it's very often made with ice cream and fruit) Bellatrix : croissant as a daily must have, don't tempt me ... People from suburbs who have to leave home early to go to work often don't have breakfast at home, but have a cup of coffee and a croissant at a café when in town.
I only know "pickled vegetables", but I had never heard of pickled eggs.
"Croissants jambon-fromage" are not intended here as a breakfast course, but rather as a light meal for supper. there's also a variant that I love, "Cheese croissant" (no ham). Ah, "Cassoulet" ...
The name is derived from "cassolette", the earthern pot it's slowly cooked in. It's a typical from Languedoc, in the south-west of France, and people from this region have been for ages divided between supporters of Toulouse ,Castelnaudary and Carcassone traditions.
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There's a legend that the dish dates back to the Hundred Years'war between France and the UK, imagine ! But probably wrong, as beans were introduced from America much later. They probably used broad beans instead. Both are made with haricot beans. These are "a must have". Then, according to the cities, you can have duck or goose "confit", sausages and meat, either mutton or pork (Toulouse). And tomato sauce. "Cassoulet", ( as well as "choucroute") are commonly sold in cans in supermarket (just horrible). More expensive versions are likely to be cooked with goose fat and to include Toulouse sausages, lamb, goose, or duck confit.
I had a french friend who only had coffee made with milk every morning - I guess this is cafe au latte or Latte but in 1982 I had never heard of such a thing! I only eat croissant if they are warmed in the oven first - so many British hotels put them out cold.... PLUS they serve coffee with cold milk yuk!