Yes, I miss French food.
Do you know those movies in which they say that it's when something's gone, that we finally discover we had it, and that we actually miss it ? Well, I feel that way towards food. I was fond of it, when I was there, but I enjoyed eating chinese noodles and chicken with rice, pasta, and whatever. Now that I don't have it anymore, I think I love it even more ! Boeuf bourguignon, Pot-au-feu, côtelette de veau en surprise, escargots, filet de colin au beurre blanc, papillotte de lotte... And I don't even talk about butter ! Here, It's tasteless useless oil, at home, it's a wonderful and colourfoul milk.
I didn't cook much back then. But I promise, it is going to change ! When I get back home, I will go to the market, buy some fresh and good lookingvegetables, not those tasteless imported things they call veggies, here. I can't wait to buy the same amount of meat, for half of the Australian price. I swear, it is going to change. And it will feel so good. I have no intention of being obese, but I will eat and enjoy eating.
I am the luckiest man in the world, living a whole year in another country and what do I do ? Complain about the food. But hey, I'm not wrong ! If you go for a walk in the city, you will be delighted to find Hungry Jack's and Subway, and Asian restaurants at every corner of every street. Look for a typical Australian restaurant, and you might starve. Ask for a typical Australian restaurant, and people will laugh at you. So, don't look for a typical Australian Restaurant here...
Then, go to France, and ask : "Excusez moi, je cherche un restaurant Français typique." People will give you several names, directions, and things to try in the menu.
It is not that we are fond of what we do, but we're not fond of what other people do. Food is sacred, you can not joke about it. And I was so happy to leave France, and discover a new culture, new food, that I even told my family I would send them food in boxes every now and then. But what's the culture here ? What is typical, except for Kangaroo ? We have Kangaroo at home, so, it's not even surprising or anything. Is globalisatoin killing the discovery ? So, I decided I would skype my family instead.
I would really like to marvel at a Kangaroo dish made of plants that I don't know of, oils made of sand, eat with sticks made of shark teeth, anything ! Well, I could, if there were Australian restaurants !
It's been two months now, and I am still looking for typical things. Different ways of cooking, acting, being ! I was unsuccessful.
Australia may be too similar to France in a way, and too different in some other ways that it is uncomfortable. The language is different, but the culture seems quite alike, although food and people behave differently.Don't you think ?