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Updated on November 30, 2014
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Quizzes About The Food Of France: Discover Traditional, Regional And Industrial French Food

French food is well known around the globe for some of its classics such as cheese, wine, champagne, but there is so much more to it. Take the 4 fun quizzes about the food of France and test your knowledge on traditional and industrial French food. You will learn a fun thing or two about the food of France and its history. French cuisine is varied. Each French regions has its own specialties and delicacies. Come with me on a food trip through France.


These Food Of France Quizzes Were Inspired By Asterix The Gaul

I love Asterix comic books by Gossiny and Uderzo. I read them all when I was a kid. And recently took a trip back in time and read the entire collection again. I realized now that these are ok for kids, but much funnier for grown-ups because you get to understand all the historical jokes and the amazing word play in them.

Asterix and the banquet ("Le tour de Gaule d"Asterix" , in reference to le tour de France) gave me the idea for this food of France quiz.

In this book, Julius Caesar has enough of being ridiculed by this indomitable Gaul tribe so he barricades them in their village. Asterix and Obelix, the heroes of these stories, decide to show Caesar that Gaul belongs to the Gauls and that they can go everywhere as they please. So they make a bet with the Romans: they will bring food specialties from around the country as proof. Read the book if you want to know how it ends!

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Answers To The Food Of France Quizzes

Tartiflette photo is a courtesy of
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What Is A Tartiflette?

A gratin of cheese

Tartiflette is a gratin of Reblochon cheese, potatoes, onions, cream and bacon. Artery clogging and absolutely delicious. Not difficult to make either. Tartiflette is a traditional and classic dish of Savoyard cuisine. I make tartiflette at home pretty often, but I do my own "lazy and too busy" version. The proper recipe is cooked in the oven, I do mine in a skillet. And no, there is no "light" version of the tartiflette, thanks Toutatis.


In France we use what they call "lardons": it is like bacon strips but very thick and cut in small pieces. I do not like lardons because I just cannot seem to get use to the non-crispy texture of it. Very difficult to get crispy lardons. Lardons are used in all kind of recipes from pizzas and quiches to the tartiflette.

So in my own version of the tartiflette I use bacon strips (you can find bacon strips in French's supermarket, it is just not that popular with the locals). And being Canadian, I know how our yummy maple flavored Canadian bacon is, but please not with this recipe!

Also, Reblochon is a raw milk cheese. You will not find that if you live in the USA. But you can find reblochon-like cheese. It should be close enough to make a good tartiflette. Here's one: Merlemont Reblochon

I rarely use recipes and almost always cook "au pif" as we say in French. It means that I go approximately with the ingredients. So, the recipe I give here is approximately what I use. Since Tartiflette is not pastry, there is no way you can go wrong.

Cook Time

Prep Time: 20

Total Time: 40

Serves: 2

Ingredients

  • Potatoes (a type that will stay firm after being cook): 500 grams
  • bacon:100 grams
  • butter about 2 tablespoon
  • onion:1 medium
  • Reblochon cheese: 250 grams
  • fresh cream: a big spalt...the more the bettre! but let say about 2 tablespoon
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. 1- Cook your potatoes, they should stay firm, so not too long!
  2. 2- While your potatoes are boiling, cook your bacon strips (you can do this in a microwave). I like mine crispy, but you do as you like.
  3. 3- Meanwhile, chop your onion, not to fine and cut your Reblochon cheese in cubes.Set aside
  4. 4- In a pan, saut the onions in butter until well browned. Peel the potatoes (you can keep the skin if you like). Slice them in thick slices and add them to the pan. Saut the potatoes until they get a little color. Reduce heat and add the thick cream, cooked bacon and the cheese, salt and pepper.
  5. 5- Mix a bit and let this cook until the cheese melt.
  6. 6- Serve
Cast your vote for My Easy Tartiflette Recipe

Why Are The Famous Hard Candies From Cambrai Called Betises?

Betises means foolish mistake and these candies were the result of a cooking mistake. Betises are a mint flavored boiled sweets with caramel stripes on it.

Reflets de France Betises de Cambrai - 7.05 oz
Reflets de France Betises de Cambrai - 7.05 oz

Reflets de France usually offers quality products. This is a real French brand, available in France supermarkets.

 

Orleans And Its Vicinity Is Famous For: Making Fine Vinegars. - Buy French Vinegars From Orleans Region

I always buy Pouret vinegars. These are high quality traditional Orleans vinegars. I love either their walnut vinegar (really good on a green salad) or their raspberry vinegar (mix it with some mayonnaise for an excellent coleslaw sauce).

Martin Pouret Raspberry White Wine Vinegar - 8.5 oz
Martin Pouret Raspberry White Wine Vinegar - 8.5 oz

Martin Pouret is the last maker to produce real traditional Orleans vinegar. He makes vinegar entirely in wood barrels, a long process that results in excellent, high quality vinegar.

 
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How Do You Call A Grilled Cheese And Ham Sandwich With An Egg On Top?

A Croque-Madame

A Croque-Madame is similar to a Croque-monsieur but it has an egg on top. Parisien and jambon-beurre is the same: a baguette sandwich with ham and butter.


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What Is The Name Of The Famous Cake, Specialty Of Douarnenez In Bretagne Region?

Kouing-Aman

Kouing-Aman is my all time favorite sweet. It's a dough with butter and more butter and sugar and more sugar and a bit more butter, slowly baked until the Kouing-Aman caramelizes. Kouing-Aman is the Breton word for butter cake.

The Kig Ha Farz are buckwheat dumpling (another Bretagne specialty). The clafoutis is a cherry cake from Limousin region, and Paris-Brest is a choux pastry with praline cream.

Kouing-Aman photo is a courtesy of bochalla under CC BY-SA 2.0

Warning about Kouing-Aman

There is no such thing as "I will have just one". Not possible. You will not stop at one. Believe me!

Tarte Tropzienne
Tarte Tropzienne | Source

The Tarte Tropzienne Pie Was Made Famous By Which Actress?

Brigitte Bardot

Brigitte Bardot is responsible for the success of this tarte Tropezienne pie. In 1955, during the shooting of "Et dieu cra la femme" movie in St-Tropez, she indulged herself with what was just called cream cakes. She liked it very much, and rumor wants that she suggest the name "tarte Tropezienne" to the chef who inventetd this cream cake. The rest is history: the movie was an international success, making Bardot a superstar, putting St-Tropez on the map. The Tropezienne tart became St-Tropez staple dessert .






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Restaurant La Mre Poulard On Mont Saint Michel Is Famous For?

Its oversized omelettes

La Mere Poulard oversized omelettes are cooked on a real fire in copper pans. Also known for decadent Brittany butter cookies

La Mere Poulard restaurant photo is a courtesy of austinevan under CC BY 2.0

The Making Of La Mere Poulard Omelette

Buy La Mere Poulard Cookies - Delicious butter cookies

La Mere Poulard Large Galettes - Large Shortbread cookies from France, Metal Gift tin 8.8oz
La Mere Poulard Large Galettes - Large Shortbread cookies from France, Metal Gift tin 8.8oz

Yummy traditional butter cookies made with delicious and real butter from Britanny region. Rich butter taste.

 
pommes de terre salardaises
pommes de terre salardaises

Potatoes Cooked In Duck Fat Is Called?

Pommes de terre Sarladaise

Pommes de terre Sarladaise is an excellent dish. I always keep duck fat in the fridge, so whenever I feel like it I can do my Sarladaise potatoes express version. Gratin Dauphinois is another classic French recipe: in an oven dish, rubbed with garlic, you slowly cook thinly sliced potatoes mixed with lots of cream.

Pommes de terre Sarladaise photo is a courtesy of romytetu under CC BY-SA 2.0

Rendered Duck Fat - For your sauteed potatoes

Dijon Is Famous For? - Its mustard

A quality Dijon mustard is a must have around the kitchen. It makes a delicious salad dressing with shallots and olive oil.

Edmond Fallot Dijon Mustard 15.8Oz Jar Inside Tin Pail
Edmond Fallot Dijon Mustard 15.8Oz Jar Inside Tin Pail

Plain, original and high quality Fallot Dijon mustard from Beaune.

 
tourteau
tourteau

How Do You Call The Famous Cheesecake, Specialty Of Poitou Region?

Tourteau

Tourteau is a cake made with goat cheese, sugar, flour and egg yolks. You recognize it by its burned-like charcoal colored top. I love tourteau. You can have them as aperitif as well as dessert. Personally I love them at apero time with a beer.

Tourteau photo is a courtesy of donutgirl under CC BY-ND 2.0

What Is A Carambar? - A Chewy Caramel Candy

I love Carambar, but don't buy them often because they are so good you end up eating the bag. They are much better than the jokes printed on their wrappers. These jokes are so bad, that the expression "blague carambar" (blague = joke) is now used when you make a bad joke.

Carambar Caramel Traditional French Candy, 10 piece bag
Carambar Caramel Traditional French Candy, 10 piece bag

One of the classic French candy. They are good, with a nice rich taste. I love them, but don't buy them often because they are so good you end up eating the bag. They are much better than the jokes printed on their wrappers. These jokes are so bad, that the expression "blague carambar" (blague = joke) is now used when you make a bad joke.

 

Banania Is A Classic Breakfast Treat For Kids, What Is It? - A chocolate and banana flavored powder that you mix with milk for a drink

THE classic breakfast item in France since around 1915. It has even survived with its very controversial image of a Senegalese man (now much more cartoonish than before). Banania is a mix of chocolate, grains, banana and honey. Mix the powder with milk. Not too healthy but better than Quik because Banania has some fiber in it. And yes, it's good. No wonder it is still around after almost 100 years.

Banania Chocolate Breakfast Mix Imported From France 14.1oz
Banania Chocolate Breakfast Mix Imported From France 14.1oz

THE classic breakfast item in France since around 1915. It has even survived with its very controversial image of a Senegalese man (now much more cartoonish than before). Banania is a mix of chocolate, grains, banana and honey. Mix the powder with milk. Not too healthy but better than Quik because Banania has some fiber in it. And yes, it's good. No wonder it is still around after almost 100 years.

 

What Is A Malabar - A chewing gum

Malabar is the French equivalent of Bazooka bubblegum

What French Carbonated Beverage You Are Suppose To Shake Before Opening? - Orangina

Shake it shake it! Seriously you MUST shake this Orangina pop bottle before drinking it. Orangina is the only shakable pop drink I know of.

Orangina - 1 can, 12 oz
Orangina - 1 can, 12 oz

Citrus fruits carbonated drink.

 

Buy French Food, French Cheese, French Sweets And Other Delicacies - Shop for your favorite French food online

Many online stores specialized in French gastronomy. Now you can order your favorite French food online: cheese, wine, candies, cookies and yes even bread!

One good start is Amazon, they have a large selection of French food available: Amazon and iGourmet

So how did you do? Are you a French food lover?

Hope you enjoyed this French food quiz!

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      Paula Hite 3 years ago from Virginia

      My Husband is French, and almost every summer we go to visit his family. Your lens makes me long for my favorite foods and France as a whole. I shared your lens on our G+ page today. Come and check it out!

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      aaxiaa lm 3 years ago

      This makes me hungry. And yes, there's no going back from french food. Great lens!

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      Barbara Walton 4 years ago from France

      So many wonderful French dishes and produce, however did you choose? Great lens and info for any gourmet here.

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      Susanna Duffy 4 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      I had better brush up on my French food!

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      SadSquid 4 years ago

      I did surprisingly badly in the quizzes....and my sister lives in France where I frequently visit her! There is just too much variety.

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      I am amazed by how different french food is compared to other cultures. It really is a very unique cuisine. Looks absolutely delicious. Tartiflette for me please.

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      Rosetta Slone 4 years ago from Under a coconut tree

      I love French food, and your quiz was great fun.

      You forgot the 'other' french foods, though: those from the French overseas departments. The traditional meals here in la Runion are just as good as any Parisian brassery but we always get forgotten.

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      kevkev227 lm 5 years ago

      I enjoyed this lens...haven't had a tartiflette in over 10 years...I think it may be time :)

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      LadyEnglish 5 years ago

      My mom adores all things French and, above all, French food and wine. Lovely lens.

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      SheilaMilne 5 years ago from Kent, UK

      Absolutely, I'm a French food lover. My only disappointment is that we can now buy so much of it in England so that going into French shops is now less of a treat than it used to be.

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      Titia Geertman 5 years ago from Waterlandkerkje - The Netherlands

      I really enjoyed it and learned a lot. Did quite well in the first one. I've been to France so many times in the past (vacation with my parents and later on with hubby and kids) I love Douarnenez, one of the most beautiful little cities in Bretagne. First time I ate pancakes that weren't sweet. I chose one with mushrooms, yummi. On vacation with the boyfriend (later my hubby) and my dad, must have been more then 40 years ago. From where I live now, France is only 1,5 -2 hours drive away.

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      TheFrenchLife 5 years ago

      Great lens! I obviously dont know my french food very well.. thats ok as long as I can eat and enjoy it :)

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      KeepsakeIdeas 5 years ago

      I have a lot to learn about French food but enjoyed your quiz.

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      Lol I knew that I was not going to do well on that quiz. I did discover something unique though...the tartiflette recipe is much like a potato pie recipe which my daughter makes. French food recipes have crossed the borders and we did not even know it ;)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great lens to learn about French food and cuisines. I did not know that the dishes were inspired by Asterix, the Gaul.

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Just had reblochon last night and really enjoyed it. I was happy to find it here in Phnom Penh.

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      I averaged 8 on the quiz. I should have called on my husband for help. He lived in France for a while and could probably have aced the quiz. He tells me often "The French have the BEST pastries and bread!" I'm going to try making the The Tarte tropzienne pie tomorrow. I wish that you would have included the recipe but I'm sure that I will find it online.

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      rewards4life info 5 years ago

      Fun lens, indeed. Learnt a lot about French food for it. Thank you for sharing!

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      StudioElysee 5 years ago

      Very fun lens!. I love the way it is set up - - first with that quiz (which I failed miserably, lol), then with the fun stories behind the correct answers. Very nice, and bon apptit! (Think I will try that tartiflette recipe as soon as it gets cooler out!)

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      GreatWestern 5 years ago

      Great lens! It tells a lot about French food that you might not otherwise know. I love the section on the industrial foods; it's a too much ignored part of learning about other cultures and cuisines.

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      ellagis 6 years ago

      This interesting and funny quiz demonstrated me that.... I need to go to France more often!!!! :D

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      starterfor10 6 years ago

      I love french food especially tartiflette

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      KarenCookieJar 6 years ago

      I almost went to a french restaurant for the first time last week, but they were closed, but I'm interested to try french food other then "french fries" ;-)

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      TapIn2U 6 years ago

      I am definitely a food lover! But I only got 2 on the quiz. Will have to learn and practice more French terms! Fantastic lens! Sundae ;-)

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      efriedman 6 years ago

      Good lens and fun quiz on French food. You have lots of others that look good, too.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 6 years ago from Ljubljana

      When i moved on my own, I started to study some french recipes. They are stil the base of my cuisine:)

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      Nathalie Roy 6 years ago from France (Canadian expat)

      @norma-holt: To be honest I don't know how they stay thin and healthy but it works, since I moved to France I eat cream, cheese and butter EVERYDAY (and I mean every single day), well I am dropping pounds. I think it is because eating fatter food, curb the cravings, and you eat less plus you eat "real" natural food, unprocessed. They also eat lots of fruits and veggies. They eat cheese after the main dish, so there is no room left for sweets after that lol.

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      norma-holt 6 years ago

      Very educational quiz and I am glad I am not hooked on French food for my health's sake. How do the French survive their eating habits? Great fun and thanks. Featured this on Holiday Cooking

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      bikerchickie 6 years ago

      I scored 100% on the French industrial food quiz, which I celebrated with a piece of Cote d'Or Double Lait. :)

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      JoshK47 6 years ago

      5/10 on the quiz... I admit to being a little bit surprised! This is a very interesting page, I don't know much about French cuisine but am always willing to try new things!

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      Mishael A Witty 6 years ago

      I loved this lens. I learned so much from it! I didn't know very much about French food at all until I read it, but I feel like I know quite a bit now. Thanks!

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      Paul 6 years ago from Liverpool, England

      Worth the wait if this is what yuo produce after an absence! Great lens on French food and French cooking.