French Culture


Les Traditions de Pâques - Easter's Traditions in France

"Pâques" is an important holiday in France: a religious one of course, but also a traditional gathering for families, religious or not. Kids go egg hunting (you can see our daughter Leyla in action), but our egg providers are a bit different: magic bells!! And we traditionally cook a large meal with a leg of lamb, and set a lively table to honor the coming of Spring time.

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Le Gigot d'Agneau - French Roasted Leg of Lamb Recipe

Today, we'll take a look at a very traditional French leg of lamb recipe: le gigot d'agneau Pascal. In case you were wondering, let's be clear: "Agneau Pascal" does NOT mean "Some guy named Pascal's recipe for leg of lamb!" but rather the lamb that is traditionally cooked for Easter (called "Pâques") holiday.

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What Is Really Polite and Impolite at the French Table

What are the French table Do's and Don'ts? Did you know that having your hands under the table, or drinking before everybody does, or even spreading your cheese over a piece of bread were considered bad manners in France? In this article, I'll go over what is considered really polite - and really impolite - at the French table.

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How To Pass Food Politely At a French Table

In this French table etiquette article, we'll talk about passing food around politely, refusing or accepting seconds, as well as the good manners for eating bread and cheese.

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How to Place Your Hands and Silverware at the French Table

Did you know the French use their silverware position to indicate whether they are done eating? Table manners are quite different in France: you must keep both hands over the table, eat with your index finger extended on the silverware - read my lesson for French table etiquette tips and vocabulary.