Inside a Franglish Pantry

Over the last few months, it has become apparent that a lot of people who visit my blog are most interested by my food posts. I don’t blame you, it’s one of my favourite subjects too!  Mostly I have just been posting random thoughts and recipes but since coming back from my summer holidays to France, I’ve been toying with the idea of focusing these posts a little bit more. With this in mind, I am introducing a new topic: Inside a Franglish Pantry.

A Franglish pantry, part-French, part-English, is a weird and wonderful thing. If you are French and have ever wondered what British stuff I could possibly have in there of culinary value, this is for you. If you are not French and you are curious to know more about the mysterious items French people keep in their fridge, it is for you too.

I’ll talk about my favourite staple store cupboard ingredients from both sides of the pond, recipe in tow. I will also tackle a big problem I have had trying to find equivalent products in supermarkets. I cannot count the number of times I have walked around a supermarket with a perplexed frown trying to find something and having no idea where I might find it, or indeed if it exists in the country I’m in. For example, you would think that finding cornflour in France would be easy, and you would be very wrong. It took me years to figure it out, and I feel it is only fair that I should share the ‘wisdom’ (I use the word Very loosely) I have gained over the years.

If you have any questions on this subject and you would like me to tell you what I know about it (which might be nothing, but don’t let that stop you, it certainly won’t stop me trying to respond), do not hesitate to email me!

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5 thoughts on “Inside a Franglish Pantry

  1. What a good idea ! I have had similar problems – most of the recipes I use are in English and have found it hard to always find the ingredients I need, even though a lot of the recipes are for French type food ! It is easier to find certain products though out here in the east than it was in Paris.

    • A Frog at Large says:

      I’m really puzzled that it’s easier to find certain products outside of Paris. I would have thought the capital would be better stocked but I guess you would have to travel far to find a specific shop?!

  2. Great idea. Our British friends are puzzled over some of the exotic (French) food we stock/eat. My latest hunt is for sirop de grenadine as our 5 year old loves it and I can only find it at exorbitant prices. Any tips?

    My shopping tip is Ocado for great French products (Reflets de France cheeses – miam!)

    • A Frog at Large says:

      I love my sirop de grenadine, and my sirop de menthe, which my UK friends think tastes like medicine. And you’re right, it’s never going to be cheap if it has to be imported. If you go in a french Auchan, a bottle of grenadine is about 2.50 euros. If you get it from somewhere like http://www.frenchclick.co.uk The Teisseire one is currently at £3.40 on offer but there’s a cheaper one at £2.99! I haven’t used this website yet, but I’m tempted to do a big shop there once in a while, if anything to get some fruit compote and some Raclette cheese. I’m trying to work out whether it’s good enough value for money or not.

      There’s one specialist butcher (of all places!) in Brighton that sells grenadine that I know of but that’s about it. I’ll let you know if I find anywhere else x

      • franglaisemummy says:

        Thanks for the tips. We have a local boulangerie that does very average bread but sells sirop de menthe for a semi reasonable price. However I’ve only found very small bottles of grenadine costing a fortune, so I might try that link.

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