This little table before the fire looks perfect for a one-two punch of French-inspired food and drink that is as easy as it is sophisticated and delicious. Buy a baguette to eat along with the soup. Here goes:
Leek and Potato Soup
4 Leeks, wash and clean well, slice thinly, the white part and a bit of green
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 sprigs thyme
1 bay leaf
Salt to taste
1 pound yellow potatoes, peeled, quartered and sliced thin
6 cups water
1/2 cup heavy cream
- Melt the butter over medium heat in a heavy bottomed pot.
- Add the leeks and thyme, bay leaf and salt. Stir to mix.
- Add the potatoes and cook for 4 – 5 minutes, stirring often.
- Add the water and bring to a boil. Simmer for 25 minutes or until potatoes are fork tender.
- Stir in cream and salt and pepper to taste.
- Remove thyme and bay leaf and ladle into warm bowls. Garnish with a little more thyme or some crumbled bacon, if you’d like.
From Snapshots: Memories and Recipes by Sandra Martin (click on title to buy)
TO DRINK???????? Something French, of course!
A classic drink, this takes its name from the French 75mm artillery – since drinking it makes you feel you are in the line of fire. One might be enough.
- 1 oz gin
- .5 oz fresh lemon juice
- 2 oz Champagne or Prosecco
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the gin and lemon juice (some people like a dash of simple syrup as well, but we advise against this, since sparkling wine is sugary in itself). Shake vigorously for at least 30 seconds, then strain into a coupe or a flute. Top the drink with Champagne and garnish with a lemon twist. So very French. So very good.
From Drink Like a Grown-Up by The League of Extraordinary Drinkers (click on title to buy)