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French Cuisine Friday – The South West

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Learn the secrets of the French love of good food and wine

Would you like to learn about the real cuisine of France? Alliance Francaise de Brisbane's French Cuisine Fridays are perfect for anybody who would like to cook as the French people cook. Preparing French cuisine is often considered to be the province of Michelin chefs and not for the home cook. However, in the homes and many restaurants in France this home-style cooking prevails and the high-end, Michelin starred restaurants tend to give us a bit of a false impression of real French cooking.

Come along and join the very talented, Anne-Sophie Dubois, author of the bilingual cookbook My Traditional French Cooking, as she guides you through the different cooking styles and flavours of France's geographical regions. The highlight of these evenings is when Anne-Sophie provides some delicious samples of the region under review.

Anne-Sophie's next French Cuisine Friday focuses on The South West of France and will be held at Alliance Francaise de Brisbane, 262 Montague Road, West End on Friday, 3 November, 2017 from 6.30pm.

Tickets are selling at $30 for Alliance Francaise members and $35 for non-members. Make sure you don't miss out and purchase your tickets online:
Alliance Francaise members here; and

Your ticket includes several tasty samples of traditional fare from the South West and a free glass of fine French wine. All of which is enjoyed in a fun and friendly atmosphere with the presentation in English overlayed with a lovely French accent.

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Magrets-de-Canard
The traditional recipes from France's countryside were customarily prepared by women who were busy working in the fields, in factories or running houses. Obviously, they had little time left in their day to cook fancy food and the meals they prepared were generally simple but delicious. With this more unassuming approach to French cooking, there is usually a story behind the various dishes which Anne-Sophie imparts as she moves around the region.

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Cassoulet
The South West of France is a rather heterogeneous region in terms of wines and food. Delectable duck, foie gras and truffles from around Bordeaux and the Perigord region places a significant emphasis on rich foods. Then further south, in the Pyrenees mountains area, the dishes become more spicy with Basque and Spanish flavours influencing local dishes.

The evening's host, Anne-Sophie Dubois, enjoys cooking and, for her and her family, cooking good food is an important part of everyday life. Anne-Sophie was brought up in wine producing regions of France and so has a considerable understanding of the art of matching wine and food as part of preparing the perfect meal.

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After arriving in Australia, Anne-Sophie saw a gap in our gastronomic pleasures and knew just how she could fill it – with the delicious tastes and variety of homemade French food as it is prepared in France. She then authored the very successful bilingual cookbook My Traditional French Cooking which she uses as a guide for her wonderful French Cuisine Fridays.

Join in this amazing gastronomic journey with Anne-Sophie and learn to cook real home-style French meals. You will be surprised at how easy it can be for you to cook up genuine and tasty French feasts from France's South West.

Not only will you stun your family and friends with some fantastic French favourites but you will be able to relate the history and anecdotes surrounding the dish. You'll be amazed at how easy it can be to 'French Up Your Kitchen'.
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Come and enjoy an exciting and tasty evening where you not only get a lovely glass of fine French wine but also take part in the tasting of 'Le plat du jour'.

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For more information on this exciting event, contact the Alliance Francaise de Brisbane, 262 Montague Road, West End by email at: festival@afbrisbane.com or phone 3844 4460.

Likewise, you can check out Alliance Francaise's webpage or its Facebook page and discover some of the fantastic activities and events this dynamic organisation provides.
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Why? French food should be enjoyed by everyone; not just the French
When: Friday, 3 November, 2017 from 6.30pm.
Phone: 3844 4460
Where: Alliance Francaise de Brisbane, 262 Montague Road, West End
Cost: $30 for members, $35 for non-members and includes a glass of fine French wine and lots of French food tasting
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