French Food: Christmas Delicacies

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I started my Sunday by hauling a 4.8 kilo turkey from the market back to my parents’ place. We managed to fit the—dead—bird into the tiny fridge. It will be stuffed and cooked for Christmas.

Like in most French family, discussions these days revolve around the ”menu du réveillon”, the food we will eat on Christmas Eve and the day after. French value food; it’s no wonder that such a major holiday call for special delicacies.

French typically eat a ”big bird” at Christmas, such as a turkey, a goose or a capon. It is usually stuffed with foie gras, chesnuts, etc. Oysters, foie gras and smoked salmon are also popular, eaten on toasts. Seafood is big in Brittany: shrimps, lobster, coquilles saint-jacques are among the favourite.

The market was pretty amazing on Sunday and the food was definitely fancier (and pricier!) than usual.

You can see the complete set of pictures on Flickr.

Roasted Meat

Roasted Meat

Foie Gras

Foie Gras

Meat to Roast

Meat to Roast

Cold Cuts and Deli Food

Cold Cuts and Deli Food

Meat

Meat

Snails

Snails

The Butcher

The Butcher

French Cheese

French Cheese

French Cheese

French Cheese

Hot Wine

Hot Wine

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9 Comments

  1. My boyfriend’s dad is a butcher he sees his working hours skyrocket during the Christmas/New Year week, with so many more people buying meat this week. Not too relaxing for the workers, but it must be good for business! Plus, he often brings home leftovers.

  2. Merry Christmas! I’m making a traditional turkey dinner for Max and a couple of friends tomorrow (stuffing, Cranberry sauce, etc.). It’s my first time, so I hope it works out!

    Enjoy your French holidays 🙂

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