As the players of France and Uruguay prepare for the quarterfinals, how about you use this time to delve deeper into your favourite country's culture and tradition?

The FIFA Football World Cup 2018, which is currently underway, has generated a lot of buzz in India. Just like us, if you too are watching these exciting matches on TV or online, we've got an easy way to get you into the swing of things. While the players of France and Uruguay prepare for the quarter-finals, scheduled for this evening, how about you use this time to delve deeper into the culinary culture and traditions of the country you're supporting? And, if you ask us, the best way to know a place is through its food. In keeping with this, here’s a list of 5 must-try foods from France. 


Classic French Crepe

One of the most versatile dishes the French have given the world is a crepe, a thin pancake made using flour, eggs, milk, butter and salt. You can use it as a base for breakfast, lunch, or dinner and, trust us, you won't get bored. Just in case you're planning to try and make one at home, check out this Strawberry Breakfast Crepe recipe by Chef Ranveer Brar. 

 

Baguette

Another versatile French food is the iconic baguette. It's a long, crusty bread that is  golden on the outside and soft on the inside. Boulangeries across the France have them stacked in baskets. Pick one up and munch on it as you stroll across the French countryside. Make hearty sandwiches once you’re home and if the baguette gets a bit stale, make croutons to add to your soup. 

So, when are you heading to buy one for yourself? 


Bouillabaisse

A delicious fish broth, Bouillabaisse originates in the Marseille region of France. It was invented by the fishermen there who would throw all the leftover catch of the day with some basic herbs to make a full-bodied soup. Over time, this dish has tipped over into fine-dining go-to. It's ideally eaten with bread and potatoes. 


Ratatouille

This peasant dish’s claim to fame is the eponymous Disney film.  Ratatouille is a vegetable stew from the Provence region. Eggplants, tomatoes, onions, bell peppers, zucchini, garlic, and local herbs are cooked slowly in olive oil. A ratatouille can be served as a side dish, or  a main dish. If eating or serving it as a main course, one can accompany the stew with some crusty bread. 


Macarons

Macaron, commonly mistaken as MacarOOn (a coconut cookie), is a two-bite delight that consists of two almond meringue cookies stuck together with jam, ganache or buttercream. This melt-in-the-mouth pastry originated in Paris and is available in different colours and flavours to brighten up our dull days.  


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