I’ve been reading two books in particular about the French way of life, Bringing Up Bébé and French Women Don’t Get Fat. It’s intriguing, and I keep telling Tyler aside from a few cultural differences, I think I’d get along great being French. :)
I bought French Women Don’t Get Fat purely by accident. I was browsing the reviews on my kindle, and oops! I somehow hit the defaulted “Buy” button. It’s happened several times, and it’s no big deal. The next page it actually shows a link that reads, “Purchased by accident?”, and I clicked it. I got an email in which I was refunded by Amazon, but the book had already started downloading to my kindle. I opened it out of curiosity, and I’m so glad I did.
I’m ashamed to admit I got through about 20% of the book before turning off my kindle, and upon turning on my kindle that evening it registered my “unpurchase” and deleted it. But I was already intrigued so much (and the $7 price tag didn’t hurt) that I went right back to the kindle store and purchased it. I devoured the book in just a few days, and am rereading it again.
I won’t go into details about the book; you can read Amazon reviews for that. But I’ve made a couple of the recipes from it, and they’re keepers. Last night I made the vegetable soup, and my love affair with leeks began. (Somehow I have never tried them up until now?!) I expected the soup to be vegetable-y and bland, but it was surprisingly very flavorful. The leeks made the broth delicately sweet. It was hands-down the best vegetable soup I’ve ever tasted, and Jack even tried (and liked) a few bites. I can’t recommend it enough – the flavors were spot on.
The recipe makes A LOT (8 large servings!) but it’s difficult to half because there are so many ingredients. I made the entire batch and froze half of it, and have been eating the leftovers for lunch and another dinner this week. The original recipe can be found here, but I’ve made a few alterations (and simplified things) below. (It’s also worth noting that I didn’t puree the soup at the end like the original recipe. We like our soup chunky around here.)
Soupe aux Légumes de Maman
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 small cabbage (I used half a head)
3 celery ribs
2 turnips, peeled
2 cups canned (whole or chopped) tomatoes (We loved the addition of tomatoes, so I’d recommend two 15-oz cans)
2 bay leaves
2 sprigs of parsley (I minced it)
1 onion, peeled and thinly sliced
4 tablespoons butter
Salt and pepper to taste
Yield: 8 Servings