Food in Paris

Old Jul 19th, 2007, 01:52 PM
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Food in Paris

I have been to paris a couple of times and love the food, of course. I have a friend who said she was there in the 70's and alot of the meals she had had white beans. I do not remember having that myself. Is this popular in paris?
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Old Jul 19th, 2007, 01:55 PM
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Maybe she had cassoulet a number of times
cassoulet: A casserole of white beans, various meats, vegetables, and herbs, slowly simmered or baked in a slow oven.
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I've had them in salads some, I suppose. I don't like cassoulet that well, so rarely eat it, and have never thought about how many white beans they serve in Paris, so I don't think it's overwhelming. They serve them as a side dish with lamb sometimes. I believe they are called flageolet beans.
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Yes, I often have had white beans, or flageolet, served as a side dish with such dishes as lamb.
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Oops - posting at the same time! Sorry.
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Knowing the French love of using fresh in-season produce, she may, indeed, have been in Paris during the couple of weeks of the summer when flageolet beans are readily available.
If you were in Paris during May, you could be forgiven for thinking that they ate asparagus all the time.
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I've had white beans many times as a side dish. In fact I really wish I had the recipe for the way they serve them at Chez Fernand alongside their lamb.

I too do not particularly like cassoulet but as a small side they are ususaly wonderful. Maybe she ate the same thing everyday?
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IME, white beans and flageolets are two different species. White beans are white, flageolets are pale green, like small lima beans, sort of. Not the same thing. I've had many dishes in France served with white beans, usually lamb. They are also a major ingredient in cassoulet. And sometimes salads, though that's more Italian than French.

I wouldn't say it's popular in Paris - more of a kind of old-fashioned thing you might find in a bresserie - but not that hard to find, either.

I love anything with white beans in it!
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Old Jul 19th, 2007, 05:10 PM
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Me too. Mmm. I like them in Italy as well, with rosemary. Who on this thread will cook me dinner tonight? It's not going to make itself, you know.
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Somehow I missed this thread when it was posted. I believe the beans used in cassoulet are Tarbais beans, which are not at all the same as flageolet, as St. Cirq noted above.
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The cassoulet my French hosts used were white beans.
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Tarbais beans are white....flageolet, in my experience, are pale green. Tarbais are not easy to find in the US so flageolets are often recommended as a substitute.
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escrunchy, flageolets do come in creamy white but the ones I buy here are green.
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