All week long, Mimi Thorisson -- the blogger behind the beautiful blog Manger -- will be sharing recipes and stories from her new book, A Kitchen in France. Follow along to win a book + a bundle of Staub cookware each day, so you can pretend like you also live in the French countryside.
Today: Mimi shares her go-to soup for a cold winter's night.
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Some encounters are more serendipitous than others. You might work with someone your whole life and never become very close, or you might meet someone once and the encounter has a lasting impact. It could be something that was said, a piece of advice, a shared experience. In my case, it was a recipe.
Bernard Vanderhooven is an antiques dealer I met by chance in Bordeaux. He is a real bon vivant and we got on like a house on fire. His recipe for garbure, a hearty soup studded with chopped vegetables and pork, is simply the most comforting food you can imagine having on a dark winter’s night. When I make it, I sometimes think of Bernard coming into his lavishly decorated apartment after a long cold day at the antiques fair. I imagine him taking off his hat, greeting his cat, pouring himself a nice glass of Bordeaux, and enjoying a bowl of the soup he would have made the night before. I imagine he listens to jazz. Cheers, Bernard.
2 cups dried white beans 2 pounds smoked ham hock 1/4 cup (4 tablespoons) rendered duck fat, or extra-virgin olive oil, or unsalted butter 6 carrots, halved crosswise and cut into 1 1/2-inch sticks 5 leeks, white and pale green parts, coarsely chopped 4 onions, quartered 5 garlic cloves, halved 1 medium Savoy cabbage, cut into 8 wedges Fine sea salt and freshly ground black pepper 6 small to medium russet potatoes
Every day this week, we're giving away a copy of A Kitchen in France and a bundle of Mimi's favorite Staub cookware! To win today's copy, tell us in the comments: What's your go-to soup for cold winter nights? We'll choose winners this Friday, October 31st. (U.S. entrants only, please!)
Mimi Thorisson is the author of Manger, a blog devoted to French cooking, and the host of La Table de Mimi on Canal+ in France. After a career in television and having lived in Hong-Kong, Singapore, London, Reykjavik, and Paris, she settled with her photographer husband, five young children, two older stepchildren, and the family's fourteen dogs in a rural farmhouse in Médoc.