Monday, February 14, 2011

Potage Parmentier à la Julia Child

I know I've been quiet for some days now altough I've promised to started cooking. Well I did, but I got sick on Friday, so I've decided to stay in bed and not to blog.
Today I'm still a little dizzy, but way better so I can tell you about my recipes.

Last week, I made Potage Parmentier from Julia Child's book and Salade Liègeoise & Kempener Soup with White Beans from 1000 recipes. I've just started to translate all the 1000 recipes titles into their real names, but it's just impossible, so you gotta live with my own translations!

Oh by the way, I've looked through the whole 1000 recipes (which actually more than 2000 pages) and I've realized, that I yes! already made 21 out of it... so I only have 979 to go which is going to be so easy, I'm not feeling like I have to cry right now kick that damn book in the next corner of my aparment, where I'll find it in another 10 years.
And just one thing .... there is one recipe I WON'T DO! Tripe. I'm sorry, they're disgusting, they look exactley like what they are and after cooking it smells like a tannery. I can't, I won't, I'm sorry.

So, let me try to remember the Potage Parmentier, which is just a show off word for potatoe soup with leek.

Leek and potato soup smells good, tastes good, and is simplicity itself to make.

That said I had no doubt I would totally rock this dish. Everything went really smooth, I cut tons of potatoes and leek and I had 2 carrots left, they went to carrot heaven as well. Then the recipe told me I needed a 3- to 4-quart saucepan or pressure cooker. You know, I'm German, we don't calculate in quarts. So I took my biggest pot and thought it was alright. It was ... stirring was a no-no and moving the pot would made a mess, that would have send me to carrot heaven, but the soup was cooking!
Luckily that was all to do and after I've mashed the whole thing with a wooden hammer (that I, clever I am, stuck in a plastic bag before) it was ready to go.

I have to say, it's really delicious, but maybe, just maybe ... it's more of an entrée than an whole meal. Just my idea, everyone else loved it!

The 1000 recipes meals will be tomorrow. :)

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