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Food in Bayonne – French Practice

By Myriam - updated on Oct 6, 2020

The city of Bayonne in the Pays Basque has so many food specialties. In this bilingual French English story, Myriam will tell us about the culinary delights or her hometown.

Pays Basque Food

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La cuisine ici est trĂšs variĂ©e. Les plats basques traditionnels sont trĂšs apprĂ©ciĂ©s. Je ferai un post spĂ©cial pour vous parler de la recette la plus typique: l’Axoa.

The food here is very varied. The traditional Basque dishes are very popular. I will post a special for you about the most typical recipe: Axoa. 

A cette cuisine ancestrale s’ajoutent l’influence de la cuisine espagnole et l’inventivitĂ© des chefs des nombreux restaurants gastronomiques…

The influence of Spanish cuisine and inventiveness of the chefs of many fine restaurants add a lot to this ancestral cuisine …

Mais je voudrais vous parler de 2 célébrités nationales!

But I would like to present two national celebrities!

1 – Bayonne Chocolate

Cette dĂ©licieuse boisson chaude est arrivĂ©e Ă  Bayonne dĂšs 1496 par les juifs portugais chassĂ©s de chez eux par l’Inquisition.

This delicious warm drink was introduced in Bayonne as soon as 1496 by the Portuguese Jews forced from their homes by the Inquisition.

Le chocolat de Bayonne est riche en cacao, plutĂŽt amer, de prĂ©fĂ©rence noir, dĂ©licieux. Chaque annĂ©e en mai, lors du pont de l’Ascension, les maĂźtres chocolatiers de Bayonne invitent les passants Ă  la fĂȘte de la gourmandise en rĂ©alisant « le trempage » dans la rue.

This is an opportunity for everyone to coat and taste a bite of this delicious bonbon, self-made on the spot.

C’est l’occasion pour chacun de goĂ»ter les bouchĂ©es enrobĂ©es de ce dĂ©licieux glaçage fait soi-mĂȘme sur place.

The Bayonne hot cocoa is rich in cocoa, rather bitter, preferably black, and delicious. Each May, during the long week-end of the Ascension, the master “chocolatiers” of Bayonne, contribute to the feast by realizing “soaking” in the street (a sort of chocolate cascade in which you dip fruits etc…).

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Venez apprendre le français en immersion chez moi dans le Pays-Basque, et je vous inviterai dans un de nos charmants salons de chocolat,  pour boire une tasse de cette merveilleuse boisson accompagnĂ©e de son petit pot de crĂšme chantilly maison !

Come and learn French in immersion in my Pays-Basque home, and we’ll go in one of our lovely chocolate salons for a cup of this wonderful drink with its little pot of homemade whipped cream!

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2 – Bayonne Ham

Son appellation “jambon de Bayonne” est protĂ©gĂ©e. Sa saveur,  reconnaissable et recherchĂ©e, vient en partie du salage avec  le sel local provenant des salines environnantes (sel gemme) et aussi du climat, spĂ©cialement l’action du vent du sud…

Its name “Bayonne ham” is protected. Its flavor, recognizable and sought after, comes partly because it is  salted with salt from the local surrounding salt (rock salt) and also because of the climate, especially the action of the wind from the south …

Les jambons sont sĂ©chĂ©s dans des sĂ©choirs naturel , au grĂ© des vents venant des montagnes environnantes, enveloppĂ©s d’un sac en toile de coton.

The hams are dried in natural kilns, at the mercy of the winds coming from the surrounding mountains, wrapped in a bag in cotton canvas.

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Cette annĂ©e, comme chaque annĂ©e depuis 1462, les bayonnais ont fĂȘtĂ© le jambon lors de la Foire au jambon pour PĂąques. C’est l’occasion de goĂ»ter de nombreux  produits, de manger sous le grand chapiteau devant les Halles (marchĂ© couvert).

This year as every year since 1462, we celebrated the Bayonne ham at “la FĂȘte du Jambon”  for Easter. This is an opportunity to taste many products, eat under the big top at Les Halles (covered market).

Cette annĂ©e, avec mon Ă©tudiante en immersion et 3 amis nous avons dĂ©gustĂ© du jambon poĂȘlĂ© posĂ© sur une belle omelette aux piments, du fromage de brebis et du gĂąteau basque.

This year, with my immersion student and three friends, we enjoyed some pan-fried ham placed on a beautiful omelet with local peppers, sheep’s cheese and Basque cake.

L’ambiance Ă©tait festive, colorĂ©e, un petit groupe de chanteurs accompagnait le service par des chansons dont tout le monde ici connaĂźt les mĂ©lodies.

The atmosphere was festive, colorful, a small group of singers accompanied the meal with songs that everyone here knows.

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