The French Hens declared any month with 5 weekends a Cooks Choice weekend. On that weekend we can choose to cook from another French cookbook, make any other recipe from either A Kitchen in France or Cafe Boulud or make up a recipe we missed earlier from one of those books. I decided to try Mimi’s Pumpkin Soup from page 157 in a French Kitchen.
I found that the recipe is also on line at the following link if you don’t have the book and would like to try it:
At first I wasn’t sure I was going to like this soup as I kept comparing it to one my daughter makes which we adore. After swirling in the walnut, sour cream, chive mixture and dipping our rolls in the bowl daughter and I decided it was quiet delicious.
We still prefer the one she makes from Crescent Dragonwagon, but I would eat this one again with the parsnips to see if it makes a difference. I did use sour cream instead of Creme fraiche. A couple other substitutions I made were – purple onion for the shallots, and carrot instead of parsnip. The grocery store I went to this week didn’t have parsnips and I didn’t want to have to stop at another store to check. Hubby got me several pumpkins from a neighbour who grew them and I made my own vegetable stock.
Of course hubby and son-in-law wouldn’t touch pumpkin soup so daughter and I had this as a first course and I also made meatloaf, mashed potatoes, green beans and rolls which made the boys happy.
Until next time; if you’d like to join us on this French cooking journey, cooking from A Kitchen in France by Mimi Thorisson and/or Cafe Boulud Cookbook by David Boulud and Dorie Greenspan, for the details please visit http://weekendinafrenchkitchen.com/
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