Kitchen Therapy


Asparagus Soup


I have always wanted to be persistent and consistent.
I hear they are qualities that lead to great and wonderful things…
What can I say?
I had good intentions…
Unfortunately my paved road lead me straight to the Game of Thrones.

Week after week I would check theĀ French Fridays with Dorie recipe schedule and set my intention to participate.
Some weeks I simply noted the chosen recipe before returning to my books.
Other weeks I went as far as buying the ingredients for the week’s recipe.
There were a few weeks I made the recipe and then plain forgot to photograph it.
And before I knew it, the weeks turned into months.

Here I am, two months after my last post, thinking about how much fun I had making this week’s French Fridays with Dorie recipe and wondering why I had put off participating for so long?!

Yes. I had to turn my back on a bunch of 13 year old boys running in out of the rain as they waged a full scale Nerf gun battle in my house, shooting anything that moved. But the grass, mud and odd bullet to the head was worth it!

I am confident I would never have made Asparagus Soup if I wasn’t part of this group.
I might have told myself “one day”… but I know I wouldn’t have.

I would have missed out on cooking and sharing a delicious meal with my family.
And also the sense of satisfaction and achievement that comes along with each recipe completed.

It’s coming into winter here in Australia, so we ate the soup warm with a dollop of creme fraiche.
Yes. The kids pulled faces when they sat down to dinner and one confidently declared they were sure they weren’t going to like it!
However they all tried it and they all changed their minds after tasting it!

I am looking forward to catching up with the rest of the French Fridays with Dorie group on this recipe!



Spur of the Moment Vegetable Soup


When I initially saw this week’s French Fridays with Dorie recipe, I made a mental note to myself to give it a miss.


We had just returned from a weekend in Melbourne and after spending time in shops like these…

I thought this recipe sounded… boring.


In addition to this, is the fact that it’s spring here in Australia.

And when you spend your days like this…



Soup is kinda the last thing you want to go home to!

A BBQ dinner is where your mind’s at!

But then something happened that made this week’s recipe exactly what we needed.
My 12 year old son had oral surgery.
We noticed a while back one of his baby teeth broke the skin but then disappeared again.
X-rays revealed the tooth beneath it was growing vertically!
The surgeon had to pull out the baby tooth and put in chains to help the tooth beneath it come up.

So with a strict diet of fluids for the next few days, Dorie’s Spur of the Moment Vegetable Soup sounded like a great idea!


I followed Dorie’s recipe and then added broccoli, leek and extra potatoes.

This soup was exactly what we needed!
It was tasty, simple to make and everyone enjoyed it.

I am curious to see how the rest of the French Fridays with Dorie group went with this week’s recipe!











Cheese-Topped Onion Soup

It feels so good to be back cooking with the French Fridays with Dorie group!

We returned from Hawaii and jumped straight into the 2012 school year.
Information nights, homework, band practice, sports try-outs, catching up with friends and trying to establish some semblance of routine!

Then there’s all the after school activities. Winding up summer sports and registering and trying out for winter sports has kept us busy!

And so has enjoying the last few weeks of summer!
Hanging out at the beach, the kids learning to surf and kayak.
It’s been fun!
And crazy!
And hectic.

I made the brioche last week…
and loved the Nutelle Tartine!

But I forgot to take photos of the final product!

I’ve always wanted to try onion soup so I knew I had to get my act together this week!

And I think it was well worth it!

We all loved this week’s recipe, especially the cheesy bread on top.
It added so much flavour and depth to the final product.
I will definitely make this again.
But might wait for cooler weather next time!

Can’t wait to see what everyone else at French Fridays with Dorie thought of this recipe!


Spiced Squash, Fennel and Pear Soup

It’s sooooo good to be back cooking Dorie’s recipes with the French Fridays with Dorie group!
How did I miss 6 weeks?
I tried to figure out where the time went!
I couldn’t make sense of it until I was importing the photos for this week’s recipe from my iphone.
The past 6 weeks flashed by in photos.

Cooling down at the beach on Friday’s after school.

School concerts (that’s my Oliver!)


School Holidays!


Now I remember where the past 6 weeks went!

I got busy with life!

And I shamefully forgot the immense satisfaction and pleasure I got each week from cooking and connecting with an amazing bunch of women!
Creating this week’s recipe felt good.
And it tasted great!

I was worried the kids wouldn’t like this soup so I used half the pumpkin to make our usual Donna Hay Roast Pumpkin Soup recipe which I know they love.
I asked them to try Dorie’s recipe and everyone preferred it!
I was honestly shocked! My husband and I loved it however I expected the kids to pass on it.
I was so wrong!
They loved the taste of Dorie’s soup, they wanted to know what was in it and when they heard “pear” they put their hands up and declared they would rather not know. They thought knowing might ruin it for them!
It really was a case of blissful ignorance!

I cannot wait to see what everyone else thought of this week’s French Fridays with Dorie recipe!


Corn Soup – French Fridays with Dorie

Winter is coming to an end here in the southern hemisphere.
And what a better way to see winter out than a hot, delicious, nutritious soup!

I’ve missed French Fridays with Dorie.

It’s been wildly busy.

But with the change in seasons comes a change in routines.

Soccer season has come to an end…

2011 Season Champions!
(My soccer champ is the one in the black jumper)

Netball season has finished for the year…
That’s my daughter’s team getting up to receive their grand final winners trophies!

We now have a few well deserved week’s off before summer sports begin!

But what better way to wind up a great season and nourish sore, tired bodies than with a vegetable packed soup?
Love the colours!

We all loved this soup.

It was a great way to wind up winter!

I chose to serve the soup on its own with warm crusty bread.
Check out the great photos, variations and interpretations of this soup by the rest of the ‘French Fridays with Dorie’ members here!


Summer Melon Berry Soup

We just returned from perfect winter weather in Queensland to cold, cloudy days in Sydney.
We spent a week here…

So to return to the 15 to 16 degree celsius weather in Sydney was a bit of shock.
This week’s recipe though kept the summer feeling alive.

Dorie’s Cold Melon Berry Soup was simple, light and refreshing.

I must say, I prefer the melon just cut into pieces. Natural.
Drinking rockmelon (sorry cantaloupe!) was not my thing.
I think my husband thought the same, the rockmelon balls were his favourite thing.

But it looked great and definitely created an atmosphere of summer on a cold, rainy, Sydney day!

Please visit French Fridays with Dorie and check out what others thought of this week’s ‘Around My French Table’ recipe.