We’ve had kind of a busy week this week, in preparation for our upcoming move. I’ve been taking measurements of the new place, shopping around for household items, trying to find the right balance between quality and price, and researching phone/internet/tv deals. Nick has been, well, working. On days when we don’t have time to cook, or don’t feel like it, we take advantage of the bounty that France’s boulangeries, charcuteries, and fromageries have to offer.
Nothing makes a better (or easier) dinner than a wedge of cheese, a slice of pâté, a bowl of soup, some great bread, and a bottle of wine. Sometimes the soup comes from a box, (My favorite is Knorr’s Douceur de 8 Légumes – eight vegetable soup. You can’t believe how happy I was to discover that it hasn’t changed in the seven years since I was last living in France.) but last week the stars converged in a fortuitous manner. Just as an inordinately large bag of frozen peas found its way into my kitchen, so did a recipe for cream of pea soup – calling for frozen peas! Seeing as I almost always have cream on hand, I didn’t have to do any shopping at all.
And the soup was so easy, it practically made itself. All I had to do was dice an onion and sauté it in butter, add some broth, bring it to a boil, add peas and cook until tender. Then I puréed the whole thing using a hand blender (if you have the means, I highly recommend picking one up). I finished the soup with a few ounces of cream and adjusted the seasoning. What could be easier? We ate it with the ostrich pâté we got at the salon, a bit of sausage, Roquefort, Gouda, and Morbier cheeses, a tradi, and a bottle of Bordeaux.
While this particular meal was more in a clean-out-the-fridge vein, sometimes we plan these things out a little better. In the week following the salon, we put together a nice appetizer for ourselves, consisting of bread, that awesome perfectly ripe cheese, and a bottle of Crémant de Bourgogne. Since both the cheese and the wine were from Burgundy, I figured that they would work well together. And you know what? They did.
Have a good weekend, everybody!