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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

You say potato, I say potato soup

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   Proud of myself...yesterday I peeled and cut up over a dozen little, about-ready-to-shrivel-up potatoes. Last potatoes from our 2010 garden. That means I managed NOT to waste any of our potato crop. Yea!
   I cooked the potatoes on the shelf of our woodburner yesterday, warmed 'em up today on the shelf & then transferred the pan to the cooktop of our stove before smashing the potatoes and adding the seasonings to make soup. Only used the cooktop about 15-20 minutes, so I managed to save some electricity.
   Using Julia Child's Aigo Bouido (Garlic Soup) as a jumping off point, I seasoned my potatoes in their cooking liquid (chicken broth) with a couple of cloves of garlic smashed with coarse salt, a big pinch of white pepper, 1/4 tsp. each dried sage and thyme, 1 tbs. dried parsley, 1 tsp. curry powder, salt to taste and 3 tbs. or so of olive oil. I did add a thickener: about a tablespoon of flour mixed in water (scraped up this flour from the last time I made a pie crust and had been storing it in fridge).
   Though Julia's recipe makes 2 1/4 quarts of soup, I had a quart and a half or so of potatoes and cooking liquid. For that reason, I backed the garlic down to what I thought I'd like...far LESS than her recipe, which called for one to two HEADS of garlic. (Garlic breath for days, eh!)
   If you'd like a look at Julia's recipe in its entirety, go to www.Amazon.com & find Julia's Way to Cook book. Then search inside the book for her recipe for Aigo Bouido on page 30; then Provençal Garlic and Potato Soup on page 31.
   Forgot to get a pic of the soup in the pan, so after I ate a bowl & Hubby two, the little bowl pictured here is all that's left. Another successful meatless meal!
   Any other Julia Child fans out there? Any meatless meals going down at your house these days?

12 comments:

MegSmith said...

mmm potato soup on such a cold day sounds magical.

Practical Parsimony said...

I am not a fan of potato soup, but the mashed potatoes, seasoned, sounds good.I could eat them for dinner wiht nothing else. EXBF and I are having leftover soup that I cooked Sunday.It is time I cook up the potatoes. So, tomorrow may be beans and potatoes since you have inspired me to go meatless. Thanks.

house full of jays said...

We are not fully meatless but we try to only have meat 2-3 times a week. Finding recipes that everyone will eat is tricky! We do love black bean burritos!
That soup looks delicious! I was actually drooling over a similar recipe the other day that includes broccoli. Thanks for sharing!

Yes I Am Cheap said...

I had meatless Indian food lunch. It was actually but your soup sounds YUMMY...especially with some corned beef to garnish. :)

Dmarie said...

@House full, if you're a black bean fan too, you should check out MegSmith's blog then, 'cause she just posted a great looking recipe for black bean/sweet potato tostados that I'm hoping to make tomorrow:
http://thecollegiatecook.blogspot.com/2011/01/sweet-potato-and-black-bean-tostada.html
thanks for coming to visit, you guys!!

Buttons said...

That sounds delicious I love potato soup and I love garlic. Thank you for sharing. B

singlemama said...

dmarie, your recipies open me to a complete new world of cooking. :-)
thanks!

love from italy

A SPICY PERSPECTIVE said...

That's so funny. Whenever I got a bunch of potatoes that are walking-the-line, that's what I make too!

Maa said...

I love potatoes but unfortunately since becoming diabetic, they are one of my worst enemies. Meat is about the only thing that has no effect on my bloods. Crazy! Maa.

Miriam said...

Meatless Meals are at my house every day :D. Soup sounds SO delicious! Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

Marie said...

Fantastic! I love Julia Child.

Jessica said...

I made potato soup this last weekend! It was so thick when I blended it you could almost mistake it for mash :)

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