Do French Women Catch Colds?

Seriously. I’d like to know. Because if they do, they must sneeze with great style and cough bad coldmost elegantly, and given the fact that I’ve been fighting a cold with varying degrees of success this past week, I’d really like to know how they handle such a blow to their otherwise beautiful manner of living.

But then again, they probably don’t catch colds. Frankly, I wouldn’t be surprised.

Perhaps I should back up a little.

About a month ago, I began the task of trying to organize my closet yet again. My closet is not a big one, mind you, so how it keeps falling into an utter state of chaos is beyond me.

Anyway, while researching the topic (which is what I do when faced with any task, large or small), I2014_latest_design_european_style_wardrobe.jpg_220x220 discovered that while my closet is small by American standards, by European standards it is quite large. And since they have such small closets, Europeans, in particular the French, have very few clothes. They focus more on quality, rather than quantity.

My research led me to a few blogs, notably The Simply Luxurious Life and The Daily Connoisseur, where I read nearly all their posts. (Really great blogs, by the way. Check them out sometime.)

Then I explored a few books, listened to several podcasts, perused through several websites, and what I discovered is this: French women are from another planet.

parisHonestly, how else do you explain it? According to my research, French women are always chic, never fat, dress impeccably, cook like five-star chefs and keep immaculate and incredibly stylish homes.

Oh, and they never get pimples either.

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See what I mean? Anyone who fits that description is either a Stepford wife or simply not human. And yeah, they probably don’t get colds either. Which is a shame, because I’d really like to learn how to cough without sounding like I’m hacking up a lung.

Now, I know what you’re thinking: “They’re just using generalizations to make a point, Christi! We always do that when talking about other cultures.”

Yeah, yeah, I get that. (And thanks for spelling my name correctly, by the way. I appreciate it.)

All I’m saying is that even well-meaning and generous stereotypes are ill advised. After all, it’s fairly possible that in a country the size of France — 62,814,233 in the metropolitan area by a 2014 estimate clumsy3(like I said, I did research) — where no doubt over half are female (honestly, how is it that women don’t rule the world yet?), there might be a few French women scattered here and there who are having a bad day, can’t get their hair to look right, are sometimes clumsy, and get the occasional pimple. And for the sake of these women, we should cut them a little slack.

Now, that being said, I’m sure even the clumsiest of French women keeps a tidier closet than I do. She also, no doubt, knows how to make one helluva good Hollandaise sauce too, using a whisk and a saucepan.

Yep. I’m sure that’s the case.

So, … just curious … do we have any French women visiting us today? Oh, yes?

Well, hi there! Glad to meet you. I like your hairstyle, by the way. Very becoming. You know, we’re pretty well wrapping things up here, so if you wanted to check out another blog, now would be a good time. Nothing more of interest here. I bet you’d really like The Simply Luxurious Life. She has an absolutely smashing recipe for a lemon tart. Not that you need a recipe. But go ahead, you should visit her site. I don’t mind. Thanks for stopping by!

… Is she gone yet? … yeah? … Whew! That was a close one. I was a little afraid she might be offended by the recipe I’m going to share with you.

Because when it comes to Hollandaise sauce, you can totally cheat and use a blender. Just don’t tell anyone in France, okay? I’m still hoping to learn how to sneeze elegantly.

Hollandaise Sauce in a Blender!

  • Difficulty: too easy for words
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Hollandaise sauce is very versatile, making a wonderful accompaniment to fish, chicken, vegetables, or of course, eggs. Just don’t freak out about the amount of butter in it, okay? Learn from the French and appreciate eating real food for a change. So elegant.


  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • dash of cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 10 tablespoons unsalted butter (I told you not to freak out!)

Melt the butter slowly in a small saucepan, or microwave until just melted. You don’t want to overheat it.

Put the egg yolks, lemon juice, salt and cayenne if using, into blender. Blend at medium speed until it lightens in color, about 30 seconds.

Turn the blender down to a lower setting and drizzle in the hot melted butter very slowly, keeping the blender running. After the butter is fully incorporated, continue to blend just a few seconds more.

Go ahead and taste the sauce. You can add more lemon or salt to it, if you’d like, or a bit of water if you want it thinner. Pulse the blender a little to incorporate.


3 thoughts on “Do French Women Catch Colds?

  1. Yeah, no kidding! Although my research kind of answered too. Supposedly it has to do with how much they honor their meals, as in: they don’t do mindless snacking, meals are only eaten while sitting at a table (on real plates), and they savor every bite. Which when you think about it, is a glorious way to be. 🙂


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