Gastronomy in France and England: the differences

France and England are two countries with their own customs, traditions and eating habits. Here is a brief overview of the specialities of each country: what you can taste during a language stay in England. You can also read our article on culinary discovery abroad.

Different dishes for two countries with unique cuisines

France, proud of its culinary heritage, has many specialities and typical dishes, especially regional ones: beef bourguignon, bouillabaisse, fondue, blanquette… But although the English appreciate the many varieties of French cheeses and wines, they also enjoy a rich culinary heritage. One of the best known examples is roast beef, accompanied by different types of sauces and a variety of vegetables (or even Yorkshire pudding). Pork or lamb are also often served roasted, accompanied by an apple or prune sauce for example. Finally, the English prepare many typical and tasty dishes “on the go”, such as the famous “fish’n’chips”, a fried breaded fish accompanied by chips, or the “jacket potato” (or “baked potato”), a potato opened and roasted in the oven, and covered with butter, cheddar cheese, or even bacon slices.

Two great lovers of desserts, cakes and sweets.

France prides itself on its reputation as a pastry specialist. And indeed, numerous recipes for cakes and pastries more or less sophisticated contribute to the culinary richness of the country. But England is far from being outdone.

Pudding is the most classic example of a dessert, and refers to a cake with candied fruit, prunes or ginger. It is most often accompanied by another British speciality, custard. Crumble is another cake, which can be eaten hot or cold. It consists of a dough and fruit covered with a crumbled shortbread dough, and is baked in the oven.

Finally, the English invented a wide variety of biscuits to serve at Tea Time, such as scones, round rolls, sweet or not, or cupcakes, very popular little cakes in the shape of a muffin but with a different composition, covered with icing and sometimes decorated, accompanying their many kinds of tea, which they are particularly fond of.

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