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Sunday, November 1, 2009

Recipes to Rival: French Onion Soup

Dear Recipe to Rivalers,
it took me 3 days to make this month's challenge dish. 3 days! i guess i could've done it all at the same time: making the broth from scratch, the french bread rise and rest time, and carmelizing the onions. that kind of multitasking is smart. it's working smart, not hard. however, i did none of that. nuria started the stock process early on a friday night and i babysat it till about 2am. when she came home from the bars that night i still wasn't done yet! skip saturday for some reason so sunday was hopefully going to be the day i could serve the soup. nope, i realized late that it takes 3 hours to caramelize the onions. yay. fine, monday night then. only, we started the french bread process late sunday evening thinking we could bake it monday when we got home from work. no. the rise and rest process said we could bake it on TUESDAY. awesome. moral of the story: buy the damn dish already made.

i will say that the soup had many layers to it : sweetness of the onions, richness of the stock, and overall presentation of it all. so fine, it's a labor intensive dish. my last gripe? i forgot my camera that housed pix of this dish at a friend's place and so i had to do a leftover pic that turned out eh. moral of the story: there is none. i've already kicked myself in the ass enough for leaving my camera.

Picnik collage



all bitchiness aside, i enjoyed the process of making the stock. even tho canned stock is cheap and less time consuming, there is just something about making your own stock to store in the freezer. currently, i have chicken, beef AND fish stock in my freezer, all tidied up in small containers to be used up for soups and stews.

till next month, stay warm and loosen up those belts, the holidays are a-coming,
Angry Asian and Nuria

french onion soup



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Thanks to Sara of I'm A Food Blog for hosting this month.

9 comments:

  1. Oh yum, one of the best soups... so delicious!

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  2. Hi AA,
    Oh yes the winter breeze is coming and a nice warm soup is due justice. I remember last year, your tom yum soup was delicious.

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  3. oh no, I have screwed myself countless times by not realizing how long things are supposed to cook or rise or rest. Live and learn. Glad you finally got to the finish line with the soup and that you enjoyed it. Thanks for cooking this month's challenge with me!

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  4. 3 days!! And 3 hours to caramelize onions!

    Wow, you are a true hardcore foodie my lady. That's some Thomas Keller type detail.

    Not an everyday soup experience, I'm sure. Usually I'm not a big soup person, but I've definitely been craving it this time of year!

    Miso paste, all day, every day.

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  5. I'm with you. Nothing cheers my attitude more than a delicious meal that someone else cooked. But, sometimes the process can be enjoyable, it we can relax enough in the middle of it. And, delegate stuff whenever possible. I would hire a sous chef if I could.

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  6. meeso, it really is, even if it took 3days of forever to make! :)

    HW, *THAT* soup didn't take long, i might have to bust that out again.

    sara, it was a rather enjoyable soup, no complaints on the taste! :)

    Aliza, i should've mentioned in my post that it was a thomas keller recipe. he is HARD to CORE! this cooler weather has been hard on my roommate so i try to incorporate soups in our dinners so she's not freezing. i made a squash soup last year with miso paste added that was so delicious. i'd never used miso paste before and the wonders it did to that soup!

    Claudia, i do like cooking for others but it's always alot more fun when i can cook WITH others. something about being bossy and the comraderie. :)

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  7. meeso, it really is, even if it took 3days of forever to make! :)

    HW, *THAT* soup didn't take long, i might have to bust that out again.

    sara, it was a rather enjoyable soup, no complaints on the taste! :)

    Aliza, i should've mentioned in my post that it was a thomas keller recipe. he is HARD to CORE! this cooler weather has been hard on my roommate so i try to incorporate soups in our dinners so she's not freezing. i made a squash soup last year with miso paste added that was so delicious. i'd never used miso paste before and the wonders it did to that soup!

    Claudia, i do like cooking for others but it's always alot more fun when i can cook WITH others. something about being bossy and the comraderie. :)

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  8. I'm with you. Nothing cheers my attitude more than a delicious meal that someone else cooked. But, sometimes the process can be enjoyable, it we can relax enough in the middle of it. And, delegate stuff whenever possible. I would hire a sous chef if I could.

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  9. Oh yum, one of the best soups... so delicious!

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