11: Bon appetit! - Food
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3 Directions
4 School
5 Class objects
6. Time?
7. Weather
8.Numbers 40-200
9. Euro
10. Food likes
11. Bon appetit!
12. Icecream
14. School subjects
15. Clothes
16. Bridging unit
17. Class language

What you will learn in film 11

This section extends your "table-talk" vocabulary. It introduces the names of some more food items and focuses on the kind of food French children eat for lunch and supper - rather than snacks and fast food.

You will see a family preparing and eating lunch. You will also see more of the kind of food children have for school lunch, and people eating outside at a country pub (an "estaminet") on a sunny Sunday .

French school lunch in canteen  Estaminet
LEFT,: lunch in the school canteen: RIGHT: Eating lunch outside on a summer Sunday at a country bar.
 French family lunch - at table French family lunch - green beans
LEFT: "Do you want some green beans?" Family lunchtime ....
-... children express their preferences.
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Eating out in Northern France

You see in the video section 11, people eating lunch and playing games in an "estaminet" - a country pub-restaurant..

Estaminet in Boeschepe
Playing games, chatting, and eating lunch outside at a country bar.
Estaminet: traditional pub games
Children enjoy traditional pub games with their families

More about the estaminet in the video, and the traditional games they play:

More about eating out in Northern France: cafes, brasseries, bars, bistros, friteries, restaurants....

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"Let's eat!" (Recommended book)

Let's Eat!
Children and Their Food Around the World

by Beatrice Hollyer
published by Oxfam/ Frances Lincoln Sept 2003
ISBN: 0-7112-2286-X  
Paperback  (pp: 64)
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Oxfam Cool Planet

Food in children's lives
Take five children, one each from France, Thailand, South Africa, India and Mexico. Where does their food come from?

  • Do they buy it or grow it themselves?
  • Do they eat at the table, outside or in front of the television?
  • What foods do they like and dislike?
  • What do they eat for special festivals and celebrations?

"Let's Eat!" explores world cultures through the eyes of children and the food they eat. It explores many themes, including how food is acquired, cooking and recipes, children's likes and dislikes, social ritual involving food, food at school and festivals and celebrations.

Lets Eat - Children and their food around the world
"Let's Eat!" - compares a French child's food with families elsewhere in the world.

Simple recipes
A simple recipe is included for each culture, so children can taste some of the dishes they are reading about.

 Also features introduction and a recipe by Jamie Oliver

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Reading about ... making food

Try this delightful illustrated book, with a story all about cooking something simple and well-known that is not revealed until the end!

What's for Supper?
Dad and his children are cooking tonight, but first they have to go shopping at the supermarket.
They want to keep the dish a secret from Mum.
What can they be making?

Whats for Supper?
Qu'est-ce Qu'on Mange Ce Soir?

There are other simple books in the same series... Find out more-->

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Food technology - Tast-Test projects

COUSCOUS - International dimension/ world citizenship

Mariam, aged 12, has couscous for school lunch every day

She lives in a village in Burkina Faso, a former French colony in central Africa, south of the Sahara desert.

She walks miles to school, and all her lessons are taught in French - though Bissa is her first language at home.

Miriam from Burkina faso
Miriam aged 12 has all her lessons in French

... I don't know anything about children in Europe. They must learn to read and write like I do. ...They must grow crops like we do, but I don't know what they grow.....

Find out more....

COUSCOUS - Food technology, language & culture

Couscous is now as popular for eating-out in France as curry is in Britain.

It is simple to make - just buy from a supermarket, and follow the directions on the packet. It is cheap, quick to prepare and cook, and contributes to your healthy eating, an helps your language.

During the project, you can speak French to each other in cooking, to offer and receive food, and say whether you like or do not like the foods you are sampling.

ready-made Couscous
Buy ready-made couscous from many food shops

Vegetable Couscous
Equipment: large flat pan with lid
Ingredients to serve 4

  • 250 g coucous
  • 250 ml of vegetable stock
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • chopped vegetables, e.g.
    1 onion, 1 carrot, 250g mushrooms
  • 30 g raisins
  • herbs and flavour, e.g
    1ŕ2 tsp cumin, 1ŕ2 tsp gound coriander
    juice of 1 lemon
    salt and pepper to taste
Vegetable couscous

How to cook Vegetable Couscous

  • Heat the oil in the large flat pan. (without the lid)
  • Add the chopped vegetables and herbs, cook gently for about 5 minutes.
  • Add the couscous and raisins. Stir until the ingredients are coated.
  • Add the stock and lemon juice. Simmer for 3 minutes.
  • Remove from the heat, cover, and allow to cool for 3 minutes until liquid is absorbed.
  • Add salt and pepper if needed, and gently stir with a fork before serving.

Search on the internet for other couscous recipes (or invent your own).

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School Lunch MENU

In the video, you see pupils in a primary school in Roubaix eating their 3-course lunch in the school canteen.

French school meal in Roubaix
One pupil's school lunch
 School canteen in Roubaix
The self-service canteen

Follow the links below to see their lunch menus for a whole term. (This is a 2-page leaflet given to each child in the school).

Page 1: main menu choices for each day
(600k approx GIF picture to print out)

Page 2: vegetarian options for each day + Editorial on regional food.
(600k approx GIF picture to print out)

Many primary schools in France make their school lunch menus available ONLINE, so parents can easily check on what their children are eating.

Click to do a Google search that will give you lots of menus to choose from:

 Google restauration scolaire menu 

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