Similar to America’s Independence Day, the fourteenth of July marks the start of the French Revolution and the end of monarchy.
The Storming of the Bastille occurred in Paris, France, on the afternoon of 14 July 1789. The medieval armoury, fortress, and political prison known as the Bastille represented royal authority in the centre of Paris, and the Storming of the Bastille was a turning point of the French Revolution.
Being unable to enjoy the finest French wines this year as a result of the prohibition of alcohol, we took a look at a few other ways you can celebrate.
The Delicious Macaron
Definitely NOT to be confused with macaroons! (Macaroons are small and slapdash coconut haystacks, often dipped in chocolate.) Colourful, pillowy, and delicately flavoured, macarons are possibly one of the most famous and treasured French desserts. This meringue-based sweet comes in many tastes and colours, from classic salted caramel to lavender and honey.
One of the most delicious Bastille Day symbols of French cuisine the macaron is a small round meringue-based cookie, when make perfectly, are fresh and light.
Watch a French Flick
It may be tough to find a firework show on July 14 if you’re outside of France, but you can throw your own film festival going through the French classics – anything with Catherine Deneuve or Gérard Depardieu will do.
Take a peek at the spectacular 2019 Bastille Day fireworks display.
Go for Crêpes on Bastille Day
Originating in France, A crêpe or crepe is a very thin pancake. Crêpes are usually of two types: sweet crêpes and savoury galettes. The simplest version is served with a sprinkle of sugar or you can jazz it up to the delicious flambéed crêpes Suzette or if sweet isn’t for you, elaborate on the basic crepe creating savoury galettes.
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 eggs
- ½ cup milk
- ½ cup water
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons butter, melted
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour and the eggs. Gradually add in the milk and water, stirring to combine. Add the salt and butter; beat until smooth.
Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over medium high heat. Pour or scoop the batter onto the griddle, using approximately 1/4 cup for each crepe. Tilt the pan with a circular motion so that the batter coats the surface evenly.
Cook the crepe for about 2 minutes, until the bottom is light brown. Loosen with a spatula, turn over and cook the other side. Serve hot with a sprinkle of cinnamon sugar and a squeeze of lemon or go all out and fill with Nutella, sliced banana, and caramel.
Cheese & Baguettes
You can’t get more French than that on Bastille Day!
The land of cheese serves up a selection of over 350 to choose from, pop down to the supermarket and pic up a few classics like brie, Camembert and chèvre before moving on to a few (slightly more) intense French favourites like tomme de savoie and Roquefort. Enjoyed with a lovely wine from your cellar, a perfect celebration.