My poor non-French people,
Please stop all your juicing right now.
As the French say, you can’t live only of love and fresh water, and I’m sure deep down you know that nobody can really live only on fresh juice either.
Of course it’s great to believe that there’s an easy solution to everything, and that engulfing gallons of sweet liquid will allow you to stay slim, fit, and never get old.
But as much as there’s no prince charming (except my dear French and perfect husband, of course!) there’s no magic solution.
Unless, of course, you decide to go souping.
If there’s any French and perfect way not to get fat, soup is its main ingredient.
It’s really part of the French traditional meal, and a great way to get a nutritious meal, full of vitamins, flavors and pleasure, without counting the calories (not that I want to dish on the juicing even more, but most of them are full of sugar, and real calorie bombs).
Whenever we had a big family reunion and the huge meal that traditiononally went with, my mom would always say the same thing when we left and went home.
“Ce soir c’est une soupe et au lit!”
A soup, and off to bed.
To this day, it’s still something I love to do. Whenever lunch was heavy or I just feel I have to go lighter on the menu, a soup is always welcome.
It’s really part of the French way of eating: the first thing you try to get your kids to eat. I actually found tons of French kids book with the same title and motto : “Mange ta soupe“. Eat your soup!
My grand parents always had one at dinner, and their parents would even have soup for breakfast.
What can be better before a day of hard work in the fields?
There’s also this great tradition that used to amaze me when I was a kid: “faire chabrot“.
After a nice bowl of soup, you pour some wine at the bottom of your plate and drink it, “to rinse it all”.
Which is a very good way to stay slim, if you try to think of it: a great way not to “sauce” the plate with bread (saucer means using a piece of bread to dip in the leftover sauce and eat the dish to the last mollecule… very good, but it’s considered as bad manners;. And it’s a lot of carbs!)
Great chefs all have their favorite recipes, and used to fight over this essential dish: creating your own soup is a great way to make a name for yourself.
I for one would love to taste Guy Savoy‘s world famous Soupe d’artichaut à la truffe (but would love even more to get his recipe for it, which has remained secret until now…)
But the most famous is surely the “Soupe VGE“, invented by Paul Bocuse in 1974 for French president Valery Giscard D’Estaing, whom we like to call VGE to pretend we also have cool presidents who can be named by their three initials like JFK..
But then, you don’t have to be an amazing chef to be able to soup all the way…
Just take the vegetable that is in season, add a little chicken broth for flavour, salt and pepper, and thyme or laurel or both, cook for 20 minutes under medium heat and there you have it…
I don’t believe in dieting, but I’m sure of one thing: if you have homemade soup all nights for supper for one week, you will lose weight. And feel awesome (while enjoying what you’re having).
Just eat normally during the day, and remember my mom’s advice at night. “Une soupe et au lit“. I dare you to try!
Bon appétit les amis!