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French Food: the best in the world, or out of touch and old-fashioned?

Take a lashing of tradition, a sprinkle of talent, a pinch of creativity, mix well and garnish with pride. As France celebrates its famous food tradition with its national gastronomy festival, we're asking: is French cooking still on the boil, or has it gone cold?

Frog legs “meunières,” with smashed parsley roots flavoured with turmeric oil (By Thierry Molinengo)

For 10 people

Frogs Legs
5 skewers of frog legs (12 frog legs per person)
Splash of olive oil
Spoonful of butter
Garlic, thyme and bay leaves
Salt and pepper


Smashed parsley roots
500g of peeled parsley roots
40g of flat-leaf parsley
Salt and pepper

-Cut the roots into small pieces. Put them in a pan and cover with salted water. Simmer for 10 minutes. Put the parsley leaves in salted boiling water and cook for 5 minutes. Drain the parlsey and roots and when cool, blend them together in a mixer. Season with salt and pepper. Put aside.

-Dust the frog legs with flour and moisten with foaming butter, garlic, thyme and bay leaves. Sauté in a hot pan until lightly browned, allowing the excess flour to fall into the pan and brown. Remove the legs, plate them, and drain the excess cooking fat. Pat them with kitchen paper and season with salt and pepper.

-Arrange on a square white plate, draw a line of turmeric starting from the top left corner down to the bottom right. Fill 2 rectangular cookie cutters (15 cm x 2 cm) with 20 g of smashed parsley roots. Smooth the top and place the frog legs standing up on the smashed parsley roots.




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