FRENCH FRIDAY #54: AU NATUREL

LA TASSE DE CAFE | FASHIONABLE FRENCH VOCABULARY

Au Naturel   
French Pronounciation:  | oh nah-tyu-rel |

Definition : 
in the natural state, plain, naked!


So, Miss Jenée sais quoi and I spent the most amazing relaxing weekend together in the Catskills last weekend, and I learned that because of her current state (eh hem), she really prefers to do things, like brush her teeth and hang out in the kitchen, au naturel. 

What's au naturel you ask? Well, in English, it has come to mean pretty much one thing - naked! In French, however, it doesn't just refer to the nakedness of someone's body, but also the "nakedness" of one's face, for example, if they wear no make-up. It can also describe food that is served simply, without all kinds of sauce. In fact, the word for "plain" in French is "nature" [nah-tyur]. So, for example, in my favorite aisle in French grocery stores - the yogurt aisle!!! - you'll see "yaourt nature" and "yaourt à la fraise", for example. I don't discriminate. I love them ALL. I also love Jenée sais quoi both "au naturel" and flavored with strawberries-  uh, I meant clothes! ;) Ha ha!

Might Amy Lynn and Simone understand the "subtle" differences the expression au naturel takes on in French and English?

Amy Lynn: I'm going to the gym now. Like, bye!

Simone: OMG, are you going au naturel?

Amy Lynn: OMG, like, no! Does it look like it? I'm decked out in 100% Lulu lemon gear.

Simone: Uh, no. Although, of all people, you WOULD go to the gym naked, I meant sans make-up!

Amy Lynn: OMG, can I really go naked?

Simone:Mon dieu.


This reminds me of a very interesting story Jenée said quoi told me last weekend about a Cajun's definition of au naturel when it comes to cooking... Take it away, Miss Jenée sais quoi!

Bonne week-end, y'all!
Mademoiselle Love

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Jenée Sais Quoi here: 

Yes, it's true. Mademoiselle Love knows me very well and there are few secrets between us. During out weekend together she got to experience my full pregnant state. Little disclosure here: As a big pregnant lady - the au naturel state is ideal when your body starts to take on this new shape which is slightly uncomfortable to say the least. Modesty sort of goes out the window and comfort rules. 

But about the Cajun au naturel food... Oh yes, as you know I was recently in Louisiana for a baby shower. My father's friend, a fisherman, caught and cooked red fish for me all on the same day (these are the kinds of things I miss most about home). Before cooking it, he told me how he was going to prepare it. He said it was going to be VERY SIMPLE. The first thing that popped into my head was, "olive oil, lemon, salt & pepper and maybe some garlic".  As he went on to describe the process and this is what was involved: Black Pepper, Red Pepper, Tony Chacherie's Seasoning, Garlic, Butter, Lemon, Onions, Red Peppers, Green Peppers and Yellow Peppers. I had to laugh to myself as I forgot what a SIMPLE dish means to a Cajun. That is how Cajuns cook au naturel.  

RECIPE ON THE BLOG NEXT WEEK! 

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The Origin of "La Tasse de Café", French for "the cup of coffee"
is a morning radio show out of Ville Platte, Louisiana on KVPI-FM
My dad listens to it regularly to keep up with his Cajun French as he now doesn't have much opportunity to speak it in Louisiana where the language is disappearing. 
Since I'm from Cajun land in Louisiana - with a serious interest in fashion - and Mademoiselle Love, a Louisiana girl too, - is in love with everything French and everything coffee - it was only fitting we pay tribute to our roots and our new found loves with a weekly Fashion French lesson.
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Tune in to KVPI every Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning at 8:45AM (NY time) for your Cajun  French lesson and come back to the blog every Friday for more Fashionable French lessons.