Friday, June 3, 2011

FFWD - Warm Weather Vegetable Pot au Feu

French Fridays with Dorie and her book, Around My French Table, have taught us that the French will put dried fruit and nuts or a runny egg in just about anything.

This week's Warm Weather Vegetable Pot au Feu includes yet another runny egg. I love eggs, especially poached eggs, but did not want one floating around in a bowl of soup so I left it out. I also love soup and it is one of my favorite things to cook, but it took some effort to muster up any enthusiasm for making a pot of soup when it was 90+ degrees outside. But I did.

Dorie encourages cooks to use whatever veggies they want in this soup and her version featured what's-in-season now selections such as asparagus. I kept it simple with onion, leeks, carrots, and potatoes. I love a hint of lemon in soup and threw in a piece of lemon peel as suggested too. Let it simmer until the vegetables were fork tender and then threw in some thyme after ladling it into a bowl.

I made this on an evening when everything I was making was a flop so I only tasted a few bites straight from the pot. My daughter loves soup and she ate a bowl full, commenting that it was pretty good and tasted light for summer. So the soup is appropriately titled. I was surprised at how complex the flavor was and especially enjoyed the flavor from the garlic and the lemon. This would be lovely for a semi-formal, warm-weather affair such as a bridal shower.

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  1. I'm glad your daughter enjoyed the soup. Tricia and I had a difference
    of opinion on the recipe but that's because she doesn't care for certain
    veggies. I did use the poached egg, and it was good. Tonight I
    had some left over and added a little bit of crushed red pepper flakes
    and it was delicious.

  2. OMG, hilarious! The French do put dried fruit or runny eggs in everything! Great and funny post!

  3. I will quote you the next time we have dried fruit and nuts/runny eggs in a FFwD recipe. Will worry when I see all three things together though. :-)

    I'm glad your daughter liked it - you didn't flop with this one!

  4. You are right about the dried fruit, nuts & eggs. I should be scared.
    I was a little afraid I was going to melt into the soup, because it was so hot out. But it was refreshing in spite of the pending heat stroke.

  5. Your soup looks lovely. I like your addition of thyme, that is really my favorite herb. I love eggs too, but I'm feeling a little egg weary. I had my leftovers sans eggs and the soup was very good plain, but maybe I should have added nuts instead? :-)


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