Julia Child, while not technically French, epitomizes the glamourous French lifestyle that I'm striving towards. Also, she had a great sense of style, at least in this photo.
So, I have just finished eating the most Frenchy French dinner of my LIFE! And it's so CHEAP and so DELICIOUS I had to blog about it.
So, every few weeks I've been getting the Good Food Box (actually a paper bag) which, for $8 every 2 weeks, helps subsidize providing healthy produce to people in need. (Which they SO TOTALLY NEED, as I learned when I was living off of white bread and peanut butter during the Food Basket Challenge).
Anyway, the Good Food Box always contains an onion and some potatoes and carrots, along with other things like bananas or carrots, etc. And I always look at the potatoes like, "What am I going to do with you?" Because they aren't quite vegetables, they aren't super-nutritious, and they take a lot of work.
"What to do with all these potatoes? WHAT TO DO?" I thought to myself, as I took a walk along the Champs-Elysees in my oversized cupcake liner blouse.
MEANWHILE, after reading the first bit of French Women Don't Get Fat (my 2012 Bible) I was inspired to buy some leeks. Part of the French Women diet is to cleanse your system by just eating leek soup for a weekend. I mean, I wasn't planning on doing that per se, but leeks seemed like a good thing to buy.
And then in the back of my brain came the voice of Mireille Guiliano saying, "Pardonnez-moi, but I think that there is some kind of soup one can make with leeks and potatoes."
One google search later et voila! Potato and leek soup a.k.a. Potage Parmentier. It is the WORLD'S EASIEST (and yet SO DELICIOUS) recipe:
Combine 4 cups of chopped leeks (not the top dark green bits) with 4 cups of potatoes in 5-7 cups of water and a few teaspoons of salt. Bring to a boil, then simmer for about 20 minutes.
(source: Simple Good and Tasty)
That's it. SERIOUSLY.
Easiest recipe ever!!
Ok, there's a bit more. You can puree it (although Julia Child says that is not very French, I think it makes it easier to eat), then add a bit of cream or butter, and eat it.
I thought that without any spice other than salt, and with not using any soup stock, it would be bland but au contraire it is SO TASTY!
This is the thriftiest, easiest, deliciousest recipe of all time. For added Frenchiness, I ate my just now with a croissant, sliced ham, and Dijon mustard (*note: I did not add these things to the soup, I just ate them at the same time)
Also adding to the French atmosphere: I listened to the audiobook of French Women Don't Get Fat while I was cooking and eating. Mireille Guiliano's accent is the CUTEST EVER, fyi.