By Amy Loeffler
Suited for: The teens in your household
Even if you can’t afford to take the brood on a transatlantic journey to the gastronomic capital of the universe, you can still expose the youngsters in your life to the addictive vagaries of francophone culinary artistry. Channel your inner Julia Child via Nora Ephron’s Julie and Julia (2009) and frolic through French food and culture with an American twist.
Wake up the household with French pastries from your local bakery and some fresh-squeezed orange juice. Set the tone for the day by asking questions such as how a French breakfast differs from American fare of eggs, bacon and toast. What’s the best guess of your Jacques and Jacqueline’s-in-training as to why this occurred?
Most localities have an Alliance Française where children can attend language classes. If you’re a planner, register your kids for morning lessons after breakfast. Don’t have access to a French cultural center in your neck of the woods? Pas de problème! Pile the lot into the car and go to the library to check out books about French cuisine, namely Julia Child’s classic culinary tome, Mastering the Art of French Cooking, or another cookbook that strikes your fancy. Pick some recipes to tackle upon your return to the maison.
In the afternoon plan a French-themed menu for the evening meal using recipes from your French cookbook. Take the kids to the grocery store and buy the ingredients for your menu. And remember, if you’re using Julia Child’s cookbook, you don’t have to make the really esoteric fare like calf’s foot gelée; pick something easy that teens will want to eat and can easily execute such as an omelet or quiche with green salad.
Oh yeah, and at some point during the day, remember to watch the film!
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