Herbes de Provence: A French tradition, both old and new

If you had a grand-mère provençale, and asked her about herbes de Provence, she would probably have replied "Qu' est-ce que c' est?". She would, of course, have cooked with the herbs she kept outside her kitchen door or gathered as she walked near the house, perennial plants that could thrive in hot, sunny locations.
 Provence, France

Butter: exploring the 'French Paradox'

Les français and the Australians tend to disagree in their preference between butter and margarine. The French value taste over the consequences of consuming high levels of fat. Australians accept a less satisfying palatial experience for a reduction in harmful fats and calories.