French food for thought #1

© Jessie Kanelos Weiner

In my mind, no home is complete without garlic and anchovies sizzling away somewhere in a frying pan. However, despite the absolute obsession France has for food, cooking odors are considered an unappetizing after effect. Having cooked for several French families, I was always scolded for cooking garlic and carefully instructed to close all doors leading to the kitchen. Even when we were renovating our apartment, our contractor insisted we put a door on the kitchen to block off any second-hand fumes. It is no wonder mon mari disapproved of the cinnamon stick caramel apple candles my mother recently sent in a care package.  Figure-toi.

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4 comments
    • thefrancofly said:

      French do the darndest things.

  1. Cynthia Lewis said:

    How can you possibly keep the aroma of sizzling garlic/anchovies behind a closed door? It would have to be hermatically sealed. Besides, who would want to miss out on those wonderful aromas? Ans: The French…apparently.

    • thefrancofly said:

      Glad someone seconds that.

      Bon w-e, Cynthia.

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