Why are they called French fries ??? (food blog)

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When in need of 'real' Belgian fries you should ALWAYS buy them at a stall. When you get them in a little bag like this, you can be pretty sure they will be traditional ones. The ones on this picture definitely are! Mjam!!!

Explanation 1: the French invented fries, that's why we call them French Fries. Wrong, though. There is no proove of this at all. They just claim the invention, like they do with almost every recepy, since they're the French right?

Explanation 2: during the first World War, American soldiers came to our country and discovered our fries. As the inhabitants spoke French (the biggest battles were fought in Ieper near the French border), the soldiers called them French Fries. Wrong again.

In fact, the explanation is quite simple: in English, 'to french' means (or at least meant) 'to cut into lengthwise pieces'. You probably know 'frenched beans'. So logically, French Fries is short for 'frenched and fried potatoes'. In fact, the English call them 'chips', a word which has a similar meaning (a chipped piece of wood).

Anyway: it's Belgian Fries, not French Fries :)

P.S. I've got this text from the Belgian Fries website: www.belgianfries.com
Wonderful for any information about Belgian fries history, stalls worldwide, etc.


Lord_Mike says:
Excellent!
Posted on: Feb 24, 2010
jteddyb says:
I'd always heard that they were a Belgian invention, but didn't really know their origin until now.
Posted on: Jan 14, 2008
maplefanta says:
mmm frietjes van het Zeeltje, lekker ;)
Posted on: Jul 08, 2007
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Some really good Belgian beers. I would have added Leffe and Stella to the list, though.

Haha! This is my favourite part of the blog, since the thing I might love most about Belgium is the food :) Though I really like to try other cultures 'cuisines', and am in love with some of them (long live Chinese and Italian food), nothing ever can compete the traditional Belgian fries! Ok, I admit it, I'm an addict...

Anyway, I have listed some of my favourite cafés and restaurants here. Again, there are many many more. But I don't like to write about places I never go to, so this is my selection of personal preferences.

So what is Belgium famous for?
- French (I hate that name) fries (traditionally with mussels or steak au poivre)
- Chocolates (yet I must be the only person in the world that doesn't like chocolate.

Belgian "Luikse" waffles. I like them best warm, without any fruits or chocolate or cream, straight from a stall. Especially when it's winter and cold. They smell soooo wonderful! I can never resist the a fresh made "Luikse wafel".
..)
- Waffles (or so I am told, I didn't know it was something typically Belgian to be honest, but I do love them)
- Beer (abbey beers, commercial beers, local beers, artisan beers, all kinds of beers!!!)
- Cheese (Maredsous, Passendale and Rubens are my personal favourites)

When I come to think about it, basically everything that tastes far to good but makes you fat and is full of sugar... Damned ;)

More serious now. The fancy Belgian cuisine is largely influenced by the French one, and has grown further from that start on. Today, our small country has outnumbered France when it comes to the number of three, four and five star restaurants. I don't know too much about the real "haute cuisine", but we have some famous experimenters chefs over here and even more excellent restaurants. Leuven is no exception to that.

Belgians are often called "bourgondiërs". In Flemish, this is a word that refers to our ethnic origin, but is highly associated with the love for food (good, traditional, heavy food with much wine and beer and sauce). Today, the traditional kitchen has, as said, to compete with the more modern form of it: fancy and refined food, yet with a typical touch. But the most important thing remains: Belgians love to take time for a well prepared meal, or a dinner with friends. I definitely believe this is true :)

Pearl510 says:
Creme de Marrons? I've never eaten that. But I googled it and now know what it is :) I guess that's a start right?
Posted on: Jan 15, 2008
jteddyb says:
My favorite way to eat waffles is with creme de marrons. :-)
Posted on: Jan 14, 2008
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