French Women Don't Get Fat

Feb 9th, 2005, 09:40 AM
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Here's her poulet au champagne:

4 chicken breasts (with skin and bone)
Salt and freshly ground pepper
Chervil, tarragon, or thyme (optional)
1 shallot, quartered
1 cup Champagne (Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label Brut recommended)

1. Place the chicken breasts in a roasting pan, and season them. Pour 1/2 cup of the Champagne over breasts. Make a slit in each breast and insert a piece of shallot.

2. Place the pan under the broiler, skin-side down, for 3 minutes, until the skin is nicely browned. Turn and broil the other side for 5 minutes.

3. Remove the chicken from the broiler, baste with the pan juices, and add the remaining 1/2 cup of Champagne. Adjust the oven temperature to 475 degrees and bake the chicken for 30 minutes, basting once or twice.

4. Serve over brown rice. Sautéed mushrooms add a special touch and go beautifully with Champagne. (In a warm frying pan with a touch of olive oil, add clean, roughly chopped mushrooms, and cook for a few minutes. Add a few drops of lemon juice, freshly chopped sage, seasoning to taste, and 1 tablespoon of butter.) Pour the cooking juices from the chicken over the meat and rice. Serve the remainder of the bottle of Champagne (about 6 glasses) with the meal.







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Feb 9th, 2005, 09:56 AM
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There was an article in Time about this a few weeks ago. And yes, the French ARE thinner than Americans--33% obesity rate for Americans, 10% for Frence. And yes, the freshness of the food has much to do with it, as does eating slowly and (a French friend of mine claims this as well--)RED WINE!

I've been following an American nutritionist for years who also doesn't believe in dieting and I eat when I want and what I want--especially in Europe--and can still get into my wedding dress (from 23 years ago)! Check out her website--CherylSindell.com.

Cigalechanta, thanks for the recipes. Sounds like you a fantastic cook!
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Feb 9th, 2005, 10:13 AM
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In the Times piece she admits that there are fat French people, but none of them are her friends.

Where is that mousse au chocolat recipe? That's the one I'm waiting for...
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Feb 9th, 2005, 10:14 AM
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Those vegetable soup diets are basically starvation diets. One cup of leeks has about 50 calories. So, you're eating at most, a couple hundred calories a day (very unhealthy). It's the water in the soups that make you feel like you've "eaten."

Not to pick on leeks, it's the same thing with the 8-day tomato soup diet, etc.
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Feb 9th, 2005, 10:17 AM
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Mimi, thank you SO much for providing these personal revised versions of that recipe

I think it's safe to say that there is no 'one-size fits all' diet. There are many variations in metabolism, genetic history, food sensitvities, etc.
This lady seems charming, and is doing a great job selling her book, but she doesn't take the above factors into account (from what I've read in the newspaper articles) and,
after all, it's just another diet book, and like many diets could be discouraging to anyone for whom the particular approach doesn't work. Just as eating what one wants and when one wants might also spell failure for some. When you've found an approach that works for you, that's wonderful!
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Feb 9th, 2005, 10:18 AM
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>Where is that mousse au chocolat recipe?<

American-Style mousse au chocolat

1 box Jello (or other brand) Instant Chocolate pudding mix.

Prepare according to package directions.

Put in little cups.

Top with Kool Whip.

Serve with appropriate beverage:
Sweet Ice Tea, or Coca Cola if you like bubbly.

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Feb 9th, 2005, 01:45 PM
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ira,
I like Campbell's tomato soup, cheetos, and My-T-Fine chocolate pudding a lot, but I would never confuse the pudding with
mousse au chocolat.
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Feb 9th, 2005, 01:49 PM
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elaine those are the Mme Guiliano's recipes not any revised by me.
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Feb 9th, 2005, 02:00 PM
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Ira, thank you so much! You have hit upon the perfect diet mousse au chocolat recipe. I would never be tempted to eat a spoonful of it in a million years!
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Feb 9th, 2005, 02:07 PM
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BennyB I will not be peaking on your leaks

Cigale, that 4 chicken breasts recipe - for how many people? After all prior starvation it must be for 1 person for 1 meal! And what about those 6 glasses of champagne? Are we switching from wine diet to champagne diet?

Somebody call Amnesty International!
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Feb 9th, 2005, 02:13 PM
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Now that I've actually looked at the 'recipe' for the soup, it basically is telling me that for two days, I should eat flavored hot water. Whether we call it 'mimosa' because it has lettuce or turnips in it, or we call it 'leek soup', ira is right, it is the same thing as a starvation diet for two days.
I might get other benefits if I just drink hot green tea for two days.

The health benefits of fasting can be debated, but I don't need this lady or her doctor to tell me that not eating for two days will lead to weight loss.
Gosh, has she got a good marketing team!
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Feb 9th, 2005, 02:23 PM
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faina, it's cheaper to just fast for a few days (sip Fruit juice and then try to cut down what you usually eat.
Losing weight is like a bank account what you put in, (calories) must balance what you take out.
Sigh! My account is never balanced.
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Feb 9th, 2005, 03:03 PM
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Elaine, there's really a lot more to the book than the recipes (though the recipes are very enticing, barring the two soups listed here). It's very interesting and funny story, rather, interspersed with a recipe here and there. I thought it was a very good read.
 
Feb 9th, 2005, 03:10 PM
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You make a good point, I was commenting only on the soup recipe and shouldn't have implied that there is no worth to the book esp. since I haven't read it!
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Feb 9th, 2005, 03:22 PM
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Artslover: Here is the Mousse Au chocolat recipe.

Ingredients
4 ounces dark chocolate (80% cacao preferred)
1 tablespoon sugar
3 egg yolks
5 egg whites

1. Melt the chocolate in the top of a double boiler set over a pan of simmering water.

2. Remove the chocolate from the heat and add the sugar. Stir well and add the egg yolks, one at a time.

3. Beat the egg whites until stiff, glossy peaks are formed. Gently fold the whites into the chocolate mixture until well blended.

4. Pour the mousse into a serving bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate overnight.

Serves 6 (1/2 cup per person)
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Feb 9th, 2005, 03:32 PM
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Aside from th book, I must comment on her style. She has exquisite taste in clothes and jewelry. In maybe a dozen or so photos I've seen, there's not a clinker. Some of the things are so surprising for a woman 5'3" but she pulls it off.
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Feb 9th, 2005, 03:57 PM
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Thas is why the Veuve Clicquot was a widow. She served her husband that leek soup and he dropped dead.
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Feb 9th, 2005, 10:58 PM
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This is an hysterical title and thread! I am intrigued and want to read her book now..... LOL
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Feb 14th, 2005, 04:14 AM
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French Women Don't Get Fat, but Southren women do.

See
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmp...uthern_staples
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Feb 14th, 2005, 04:28 AM
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Eat whatever you want in reasonable quantities and as fresh and unprocessed as possible and walk miles everyday; I always lose weight when I go to Paris.....
so her book is not rocket science.......
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