Breakfast is called “le petit-déjeuner” in France, or “p’tit dej’” in modern spoken French , and in France, it’s usually a rather light meal. In most French home, you’d be offered some French bread product, with a choice of jams, honey and butter, and a hot beverage such as coffee or tea.
1 : breakfast or lunch. 2 : a service for serving individual breakfasts on a tray.
noun, plural dé·jeu·ners [dey-zhœ-ney; English dey-zhuh-neyz, dey-zhuh-neyz]. French .
1. A quelle heure est le petit déjeuner?
I also realized that the rumor is true, the French really do eat a lot of bread and cheese. The three meals of the day – breakfast, lunch, and dinner– often include both bread and cheese. Maybe that is why the French rarely snack.
The French generally eat smaller portions than Americans, and they usually enjoy only one large meal a day — lunch — whereas Americans often enjoy three. In addition, snacking is rarely encouraged. Even children are taught to take small bites and chew slowly.
A typical French lunch will consist of: a starter (une entrée), such as a mixed salad, soup, some terrine or paté. A main course, (le plat principal), typically a choice of meat or fish, with potatoes, rice, pasta and/or vegetables; a cheese course (often a selection of local cheeses) and/or a dessert.
The abbreviation lunch is taken from the more formal Northern English word luncheon , which is derived from the Anglo-Saxon word nuncheon or nunchin meaning ‘noon drink’. The term has been in common use since 1823.
A typical breakfast in Paris is a croissant (buttery roll of flaky pastry) and/or a tartine (French bread sliced lengthwise, with butter and jam), café au lait (coffee with milk, also called café crème), and perhaps some fruit or juice.
Gruyère Cheese Gougères. Bœuf bourguignon (beef stewed in red wine) Coq au vin (chicken braised in red wine, lardons and mushrooms) Escargots de Bourgogne (snails baked in their shells with parsley butter) Gougère ( cheese in choux pastry) Jambon persillé (also known as Jambon de Pâques, a marbled ham with parsley)
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Instead, the most common breakfast items are brioche, a buttered baguette , or even Zwiebeck-like packaged toasts. And they’re all just vehicles for jam. Besides bread and pastries with butter and jam, there’s usually just a glass of orange juice and a coffee, drunk from a bowl.