Merci Beaucoup, Julia!

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.

Julia Child's French Onion Soup

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.

Onions, just after steaming

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.

Beautiful Curative Beef Bone Broth

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!

Gorgeous Organic Onion

Julia Child's French Onion Soup

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Categories: Baking, Better Than Storebought, Bread, Dinner, Main Courses, Soups, Traditional Nutrition, Well Worth The Effort

Author:Eat Already!

I am a cooking and writing addict born and raised in a cosmopolitan city on the Black Sea coast. Currently my interests include, but not limited to gardening, traditional nutrition, raw milk, fermentation techniques, books by Sitchin, Weston A. Price ideas, artisan bread making, anything handcraft, and many other, quite random, things. I believe in making things from scratch, in unpretentious dishes, visually un-altered food esthetics. I believe in reporting on daily cooking endeavors, not just on special occasion dishes. I believe everyone should learn how to cook at home because it's a great way to connect with your loved ones without saying too much, with your heritage without becoming an archivist, and with the world without learning languages...

7 Comments on “Merci Beaucoup, Julia!”

  1. August 17, 2012 at 2:28 am #

    I love soupe à l’oignon and yours looks incredibly delicious! Great pictures!

  2. August 17, 2012 at 3:25 am #

    There’s an advantage to every disadvantage. Good for you, packing four of the latter into ‘une Soupe Majeure’!

  3. GreedyFrog
    August 17, 2012 at 11:14 am #

    Your pics look gorgeous. I really fancy onion soup now! :-)

  4. August 20, 2012 at 9:07 am #

    I love french onion soup! This looks fabulous.

  5. Halo Halo Designs
    August 20, 2012 at 10:12 pm #

    Great post and the soup looks delicious!

  6. August 29, 2012 at 2:16 am #

    Looks so tasty!!

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