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Friday, June 3, 2011

Warm Weather Vegetable Pot de Feu

Warm Weather Vegetable Pot de Feu

In a word-soothing!  In another-rich!  Even though the thermometer read 92 degrees outside, I persevered and cooked up a pot of this delicious vegetable soup/stew.  Husband couldn’t stop eating it or raving about it.  I followed the cooking instructions pretty much to the ‘t’, added dried lemongrass (see Penzey’s spices at instead of fresh (unless you can get an Asian market during the week) along with some dried herbs de provence.  Luckily, our Shop Rite carries fresh shitake mushrooms. i added the soft boiled eggs--Dorie was right on, it make the soup so rich! I served sliced chicken right inside the bowl and some toasted pane rustico with some dried herbs de provence sprinkled on top. 
Why soothing?  Late spring allergies have given me a post nasal drip and sore throat.  So I truly enjoyed this warm weather soup.  The chicken broth gave it a medicinal feel (though not taste!). 
Soothing, too, to my wounded mother’s feelings because of a parent-teenage head butting early in the week.  Rather a new occurrence this year, but an ever increasing frequency about all kinds of stuff—homework, freedoms, staying up too late, etc.  We are lucky, son doesn’t have any bad habits that need worrying about—still an AB student with a C or two.  I am sure things will even out soon.
That’s it.  Hope you all enjoyed this dish as well and will look forward to reading your posts. 
Oh, didn’t get this posted on Thursday—as I was writing this up, a transformer blew up in our neighborhood and we were without power for a couple of hours.  Too tired to start the whole blog again, I went to bed. 


  1. For that kind of a week I think you need more than soup to sooth you.
    It does look delicious and the egg really finishes it off. Tricia and I both
    had different feelings about the recipe, but Hubby and i certainly loved
    it. Great picture with the egg and bread,

  2. I’ve tried all sorts of coughing syrups, believe me, but none of them helps. Even though Nin Jiom Pei Pa Koa does not eliminates the cough I like to stick to this chinese syrup I’ve been taking since I was a kid: Nin Jiom Pei Pa Koa. My grandfather is chinese, so I guess my mom got the advice from him. I was really surprised when I found that chinese market selling it here in Belgium. It does have a refreshing, soothing, sweetening effect…as long as it lasts…then back to coughing mode.

  3. We also loved this soup. I love how the green veggies pop out of your red Dutch oven. Looks magnificent!

  4. This was definitely a "soother". Don't let the headbutting get you too down - as the mother of 17 and almost 16-year old daughters, I find that it usually blows over quickly enough :-) (As long as I ignore the eye rolling)