FrancoFun Food: France/La Réunion!

FrancoFun Food: France/La Réunion!

Online cooking demonstration

Tuesday, March 9 at 5:30 p.m.
Free admission
Online via Zoom • in English

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Le Festival de la Francophonie / FrenchWorldFest goes virtual this year… so you can enjoy food, culture and films from around the world from the comfort of your maison!

We offer FrancoFun Food demonstrations throughout the month of March given by our friends from Belgium, Canada, France, Quebec, Martinique, Switzerland and Vietnam. Cook along with them and stay to ask questions about the custom and cuisine of the country!

Join us for a tour des Alliances hosted live by rapper Webster on Saturday, March 20th, Journée internationale de la Francophonie-- and don’t forget to check the special film selection offered by Matt Jackson, your Sunday Ciné-Club host!

A 25-hour flight away from Chicago…La Réunion is part of the Mascarene Islands and a French overseas département in the western Indian Ocean. It is located about 420 miles (680 km) east of Madagascar and 110 miles (180 km) southwest of Mauritius

It is also where the general Consul of France in Chicago, Guillaume Lacroix, comes from and thanks to the help of Chef Kilian Lizé, he will introduce us to a typical dish from the beautiful island with a volcanic past...

Stay after the demonstration and ask nos amis français anything you always wanted to know about this overseas and exotic département.

With Consul General of France in Chicago Guillaume Lacroix, Chef Kilian Lizé, and education attaché Nicolas Douay.


La Réunion: Rougail Saucisse

Prep time: 40 Min (20 minute preparation + 20 minute cooking )

Equipment: A large pot! And a rice cooker!


THE INGREDIENTS (for 4 persons)


  • 6 to 8 smoked sausages (Smoked Polska Kielbasa (mild or spicy) or Italian (mild or spicy) or Creole Sausage based on your personal taste or what is available at your grocery store)

  • 2 cans (14.5oz each) of diced tomatoes

  • 1 can of tomato paste (6oz)

  • 4 onions (around 

  • 6 garlic cloves

  • Fresh Ginger (2 to 3 oz)

  • Salt and pepper

  • Cilantro or Parsley (OPTIONAL – used for serving only)

  • OPTIONAL - turmeric, paprika, thyme, cumin – I personally do without and it is OK.

  • Thai rice to serve (3/4 cup per person, cooked in a rice cooker)


  1. You can start by cooking your Jamine thai rice (it usually takes about 40 min in a rice cooker which is the preferred option)

  2. Chop onions, crush garlic and ginger (a food processor should do that for you in no time!)

  3. Add olive oil to a large pot on medium heat and add the chopped onions and crushed garlic and ginger. Saute for a few minutes till fragrant and browned and then add the chopped sausage. Stir until the sausage browns on each side.

  4. Add the tomatoes and tomato sauce / paste

  5. Optional step: add spices (turmeric, paprika, thyme, cumin, and salt) according to you tastes. Add cayenne pepper only if you want it spicy.

  6. Cover and simmer on low heat for 20 minutes. Garnish with parsley or cilantro and serve!

Tip: Put the rice in an individual muffin tin or a small cup to give it a nice shape (remember how kids make sandcastles?) and put some leave cilantro or parsley leaves on top of the rice. Serve the Rougail on the side of the rice (just like sandcastles, don’t put liquids on top of it or it collapses!)

What is la Francophonie?

La Francophonie is a concept which was born of an understanding and appreciation of the fact that, owing to history, the French language is spoken by 300 million people across 5 continents. It is a celebration of linguistic and cultural diversity, promoting democracy, human rights and peace. The Organisation internationale de la Francophonie (OIF) is the entity which embodies the values of la Francophonie, seeking to promote the French language, francophone culture, as well as developing economic cooperations among its 88 member states and governments. 

The Alliance Française de Chicago shares this mission; as a French-speaking organization, we seek to engage as many individuals as possible with the French language and cultures of francophone nations.

La Francophonie est née de la compréhension et de l'appréciation du fait que la langue française est parlée par 300 millions de personnes sur les 5 continents. C'est une célébration de la diversité linguistique et culturelle, qui fait la promotion de la démocratie, des droits de l'homme et de la paix. 

L'Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF) est l'entité qui incarne les valeurs de la Francophonie, cherchant à promouvoir la langue française, la culture francophone, ainsi qu'à développer les coopérations économiques entre ses 88 États et gouvernements membres. 

L'Alliance française de Chicago partage cette mission ; en tant qu'organisation francophone, nous cherchons à faire participer le plus grand nombre possible de personnes à la langue française et aux cultures des nations francophones.