Things about France that surprised me: the French don’t do spicy
I used to ask our French friends who I had invited round for a meal whether there was anything they (or their offspring) didn’t like to eat. They would look at me in amazement and said they ate everything. And, that’s pretty much the case except they don’t do spicy. Even those that have claimed to like spicy food – they don’t – and it’s really a question of taste. They’re not used to it, even those who are widely travelled. Consequently, Friday curry nights are
If you try and name classic French dishes that contain spice, you won’t come up with much. The only classically French thing with real heat that I could think of was Dijon mustard – the most powerful of which will certainly clear out your sinuses.
The French appreciate mild and subtle spicing but really don’t like the heat. And it’s not just savoury food, it also extends to sweet, even cinnamon – surely the gentlest of all spices – divides opinion Consequently, It’s often difficult to find all the spices I need to make Indian/Thai/Mexican dishes at home – thank goodness for the internet.