Don’t you just love it when certain things come together in time and space to make your life easier? Better yet, don’t you just love it when certain seemingly negative things coincide in time and space, and when combined yield a resolutely positive outcome? Well I do, indeed. And here is why.
Enter the seemingly negative circumstance A: a seriously beautiful curative beef stock made a few weeks ago was frozen and then accidentally thawed when the new fridge arrived. No one wants to drink it due to hot weather, so it is just sitting in the fridge, taking up valuable space.
Enter the seemingly negative circumstance B: my beloved brought me a bag of gorgeous organic onions without asking first. Shame, I had already bought two bags a day before. Now I am stuck with three bags of gorgeous organic onions and no room in the vegetable drawer for them.
Enter the seemingly negative circumstance C: in my unstoppable urge to make every bread recipe on Earth, I accidentally baked four (yes, you heard me!) loaves of extremely delicious sourdough. So now I have too much bread, which in a normal household would be a good thing. But not in mine, especially if you consider the fact that I work from home and my office is right next to the kitchen.
Enter the seemingly negative circumstance D: I am stuck on a day long conference call which involves some hands on activity interspersed with long periods of wait. This is one of those calls that can ruin a work day because you have to pay attention to the sounds coming out of the phone, but can’t do much in the mean time.
And here is how it all becomes connected in a beautiful and mysterious way. I have just three words for you: French Onion Soup. Yes, people, French Onion Soup. Four birds with one stone — the onions, the stock, the bread, and the wasted time — all at once cooked together to yield most beautiful, rich, liquid gold, song-in-your-stomach, scrape-the-bottom-of-the-bowl, five-year-old-lip-smacking-and-drooling, husband-saying-this-is-like-nothing-else-he-ever-tried soup.
I used Julia Child‘s recipe and followed it exactly. Need I say more? Oh, and if you don’t believe in coincidences, here is a good one for you — yesterday was Julia’s 100th birthday!