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World on a Plate – French Cuisine

French is the language of love. Food can buy love. So, when combined the two make a pretty solid statement – French food = love… or something like that!

When Expedia set me the challenge of creating something from scratch that echoes the sense of Parisian passion and rustic French charm, I was a little bit at a loss. I must admit that in all my years I have not frequented a French-style restaurant, nor would it be one of my first choices for dinner. However when I started researching all the different options I was left feeling like I had most definitely been missing out!

Just across the water from us, but with an entirely different charm about the country and a style of cooking that is opulent and full of flavour. From the use of truffle oil in their cooking, to (to us) obscure meats such as snail, the French certainly know how to push the boat out and create food that leaves guests satisfied and delighted.

However, one of the pinnacle ingredients of French cuisine is also one of my favourite foods – ever. Cheese… in all of its delicious, tasty glory. There is nothing better for breaking, lunch or dinner than cheese in one format or another, and a conversation I have had with many people is “What doesn’t cheese go with?” – after much discussion the answer is always nothing.

For this French challenge I decided to settle on a typical cheese from the region, Camembert.

There is nothing better than a Camembert, seasoned, and cooked in the oven for 20 minutes. The gooey goodness of the oozing cheese is positively delightful as a starter for two, or lunch for one. Perfectly married together with some fresh, ideally homemade, bread – thick crusts being the perfect method to scoop up and enjoy this wonderful French delicacy.

The recipe for this dish is simple but the flavours are wonderfully delicious, making it the perfect weekend treat or dish for dinner guests. To enjoy this yourself you will require:

  • 250g Camembert
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • Rosemary tips
  • Olive Oil
  • 1 pinch of sea salt

To prepare simply score around the top of your Camembert and finely cut the top layer of skin from the cheese. Separately chop your garlic and rosemary, pushing this in and around the top of the cheese.

Drizzle with a little bit of olive oil, add a pinch of sea salt and then bake in the oven at 180 degrees for 20 minutes.

Remove from the oven and eat immediately to enjoy it at its hottest and best. Pair with a fresh tiger loaf or homemade bread.

I don’t know about you but this dish definitely personifies France for me – and definitely makes me appreciate the country’s cuisine.

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