March 21, 2013

National French Bread Day

"Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul." - John Muir

It's National French Bread Day!

Croissant, boule, brioche, and fougasse are just a handful of the breads that hail from the country of "liberté, égalité, et fraternité" - France. And you'd be doing today's food holiday justice if you chose to celebrate with any of those options. But if you really want to capture the essence of what today's all about, then there's no better way then to do that with a traditional baguette... in some parts of the world, it's also known as "French bread." The baguette is a long, thin loaf of bread that's crusty on the outside, and chewy on the inside. It's traditionally made with just four ingredients: flour, yeast, water, and salt. And because it's slender nature, it can be baked off faster than other breads. It tastes delicious as sandwich bread, or more authentically with beurre and la confiture, dipped in your café or chocolat chaud.

And now you're all the wiser, foodies.

A few years ago I had the opportunity to take a holiday to Guernsey in the Channel Islands. One afternoon, my friend and I had the most amazing lunch at a quaint restaurant that I believe was called La Perla. I ordered the deep fried brie and cranberry sauce; it came on a crusty French baguette with a side of shoestring fries and mayo to dip them in. It became an instant favorite of mine (and I indulged in it again when we visited The Mermaid Tavern in Herm). If there's anyway to celebrate today's food holiday, recreating this meal is the best way to go!

Happy National French Bread Day!