BREAKFAST IN FRANCE (croissant, baguette, cereals, fruit juice, etc.)

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BREAKFAST IN FRANCE (croissant, baguette, cereals, fruit juice, etc.)

In this video, I talk about breakfast in France. You will learn vocabulary words about food in France and a little bit of French culture 🙂 If you liked the video, feel free to like it and subscribe to the channel, it encourages me a lot ! Thanks

  • 0:00 - Introduction
  • 0:54 - The pastries
  • 1:55 - French toast
  • 3:08 - The bread
  • 4:00 - Butter
  • 4:36 - The fruit jam
  • 5:00 - Cereals
  • 6:30 - The eggs
  • 7:04 - Drinks (fruit juice, tea, coffee...)
  • 7:58 - Conclusion


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Transcript video breakfast in France

Hello to all of you. I hope you are well. So today, we are going to talk about breakfast. Breakfast in France is the first meal of the day. In this video, you will learn new words about food, about food in French. But you will also be able to discover things about the French culture, about what we eat in France.

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The first thing to know about breakfast in France is that the French love viennoiseries. So what are "viennoiseries"? Viennoiseries are foodstuffs, food that you can find at the bakery, so it's a bit between breads and pastries. So it's going to be, for example, a croissant, a pain au chocolat, a brioche or even chouquettes.

These are very fatty and very sweet foods, so, as you can imagine, the French don't really eat this every day because it's really not very healthy and then, it would mean going to the bakery every morning to get a pastry. On a daily basis, we don't really eat this, it's more for the weekend or for special occasions, or when we don't have time to have breakfast at home and we quickly go to the bakery before going to work.

Another traditional breakfast in France is French toast, which is French for "pain perdu". French toast, we call it that because in fact, we're going to use bread that would be lost, so we would have to throw it away if we didn't make this recipe. Because in fact, we take sliced bread that is several days old, that has hardened a little bit, that has become stale. So, we're going to take this bread, we're going to soak it in a container with milk. Then we'll soak it in another container with an egg that we've beaten and then we'll put it in a frying pan with a little butter.

We're going to cook it on both sides and once it's ready, we sprinkle with a little bit of sugar. So again, we don't really eat this every day, it's a traditional breakfast, but it's true that we'll do this quite rarely. First of all because in the morning, we don't often have time to cook.

What do we really eat for breakfast every day in France? Of course, there is the traditional baguette of bread.

So often, we have this cliché, this stereotype of the French walking around with a baguette under their arm. So it's really an image, the French don't do that, but on the other hand, the French really do eat a lot of baguette. So in the morning, we can also find another type of bread, sliced bread. It can be for example country bread, bread with seeds. In the morning, you can also eat rusks. Rusk is like toast, small rectangles or squares of already toasted bread, quite hard. So we buy it at the supermarket, already packed.

On the baguette, the sliced bread or the rusks, we will generally eat, put butter. In France, there are several types of butter, therefore different kinds of butter. There is sweet butter, semi-salted butter and salted butter. So, you can imagine, in the sweet butter, there is no salt in the semi-salt, there is a little salt in the salted butter, there is a lot of salt, so it has a salty taste. Often, we will also put jam on our toast or on this bread. It can be strawberry jam, orange jam, apricot jam or, for example, cherry jam.

Another very common breakfast in France is cereal. I think all over the world, it's a very common breakfast. So, kids will pretty much eat cereal every day. So in a bowl, they will put cereal with cold milk. But often, adults also eat cereal. For example, in the morning, I like to have muesli. Muesli is oatmeal with seeds and dried fruits and I will put it in milk, yogurt or cottage cheese.

So cottage cheese is kind of like yogurt, but it's a little bit thicker, a little bit more consistent. It also has more protein, so it gives you a little more energy for the day. I'll put muesli with, for example, yogurt and I'll cut up pieces of fruit and I'll put them in a bowl. For example, in the summer, I'll take peaches or apricots. And in the winter, apples or bananas.

As you can see, in France, the classic breakfast is rather sweet. In other countries, we eat salty things for breakfast. But it's true that I also like to eat salty food in the morning. For example, I'll put a little cheese on bread or I'll make myself boiled eggs with "mouillettes". So the "mouillettes" are little sticks of bread that you dip in the egg or I also like to make fried eggs.

But it's true that in France, it's not the norm, it's not common to do that in the morning or on the weekend when you have a little more time. So, for drinks in general, adults will have a coffee or a tea.

Kids, they'll take cocoa powder in milk instead. So it can be a hot chocolate or cold milk with cocoa. Very often in France too, we will have a glass of fruit juice with our breakfast.

The most common is orange juice. You can either buy it in bricks at the supermarket or in bottles, or you can squeeze it yourself, so you have fresh orange juice. So, we make it ourselves in the morning. But there are also other tastes for fruit juices, like grapefruit juice or apple juice, for example.

That's it for today, I hope you were able to learn some new vocabulary words about food in French, but also that you were able to learn some new things about the French culture and especially the culinary culture of food in France. If you liked the video, don't hesitate to put a like and above all, subscribe to the channel to see more content. See you soon.

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