How about Bastille Day? If you’re looking for an excuse to enjoy some French food and champagne, Bastille Day is as good a reason as any!
The 14th of July is Bastille Day. As handy, dandy Wikipedia tells us:
Bastille Day is the name given in English-speaking countries to the French National Day, which is celebrated on the 14th of July each year. In France, it is formally called La Fête Nationale (French pronunciation: [la.fɛt.na.sjɔ’nal] ; The National Celebration) and commonly Le quatorze juillet (French pronunciation: [lə.ka.tɔʁz.ʒɥi’jɛ] ; the fourteenth of July). It commemorates the 1790 Fête de la Fédération, held on the first anniversary of the storming of the Bastille on 14 July 1789; the anniversary of the storming of the Bastille fortress-prison was seen as a symbol of the uprising of the modern nation, and of the reconciliation of all the French inside the constitutional monarchy which preceded the First Republic, during the French Revolution. Festivities and official ceremonies are held all over France. The oldest and largest regular military parade in Europe is held on the morning of 14 July, on the Champs-Élysées avenue in Paris in front of the President of the Republic, French officials and foreign guests.
Whenever I think of France, I always think of their national anthem, La Marseilles, and this wonderful scene from that classic film, Casablanca (go on, take less than 2 minutes from your day and enjoy this scene again — you know you want to!):
Given my penchant for finding reasons to celebrate, I decided it would be fun for hubby and me to commemorate Bastille Day! It would also offer a great opportunity for hubby and me to relive, just a bit, our trip to Paris in 2006.
If your half of the world is in winter right now, you may want to search my site for cold-weather French foods, like cassoulet, French bread, my unFrench French bread, and a kind of Boeuf Bourguignon.
But if it’s hot where you are — as it is here — then you may want to consider enjoying some French picnic fare, such as:
- Pan Bagnat (French tuna salad — trust, me, this isn’t your typical dressing-laden tuna salad!)
- Roast Provençal Chicken
- Roasted Vegetable Salad (or, as an alternative, you could roast the vegetables in foil on your grill)
- Gougères (it’s like a cheese-flavored cream-puff shell)
- Black Olive Tapenade
- Honeyed Fruit Salad (it can be made with sugar-free honey)
- Salade Niçoise
- Clafoutis (a kind of baked fruit custard
If you live in the US, you can pick up red, white, and blue decorative items reduced for quick sale from the 4th of July — because we share flag colors with the French!
So pour yourself some champagne or sparkling water, put on some French music, and Vive la France!
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