Friday, October 15, 2010

French Fridays with Dorie: Spicy Vietnamese Chicken Noodle Soup - Uncensored

Before I explain my uncensored part, I need to say a very big thank you to those that supported me in the Project Food Blog 2010 Challenge. Your support meant the world to me and still does, it means that what I'm doing here is not going on deaf ears. So thank you once again :)

So, back to uncensored part ? Well  as I've mentioned several times during this blog, I'm not a professional photographer, I do not edit my photos though I do try to make an effort to take great photos it just does not alway work out. I'm a mom that works and well most my meals are made at night so hence the use of flash. The dishes on the weekends tend to fare a bit better.

So the photo of my soup is the real photo that was taken Wednesday night just before we sat down to eat.

French Fridays with Dorie is a coming together of foodies like ourselves who happen to be fans of Dorie Greenspan, in all there are about 900 of us who will be cooking through her book "Around my French Table". This week's recipe was Spicy Vietnamese Chicken Noodle Soup. This is my first recipe for the group but the third from her book and I have to say that I've been thrilled with all of them. Hubby was hesitant when he saw the book, his first phrase was, 'Oh another American writing about French food" , given his reaction after the 4 dishes I think he has retracted his statement. Though I have to say it was a bit strange to be making French dishes where the listing of ingredients had been Americanized, I found myself having to say no its this sort of potato or apple etc.

I made the soup for dinner this past Wednesday, it looked easy enough to be put together quite quickly after a work day or in my case my day off with my kids. The recipe which can be found on page 98-100 on first impression looks daunting due to the list of ingredients. However ,to be very honest it took me all of 5 minutes to put together before the chicken went in for 15 minutes. In the interim I solved two fights about toys, changed a diaper, took out a load of laundry and put another in. Then  the hubby called and said that he was stuck at work, no problem I took out the chicken, covered the soup and turned off the stove. Took this time to pick up toys, solve another fight and read a story to them. Hubby finally showed up ( don't worry I had already fed the kids), he put the kids to bed while I made the noodles and finished dressing the soup.

By this time, I'm starving, I yell at hubby to bring the camera so I can take a picture. I start taking a few photos only to realize that my lens are twisted ??? How did this happen ? Hubby looks at the soup and the different herbs on the table and says OK :) The OK is then followed by "Excellent" at least 3 times (when this word is used repeatedly in French you know you have a winner). He was right the soup was delicious, the fresh herbs really added a fresh flavor and most importantly it more or less put itself together.

When I started this blog , the aim was to show that YOU CAN make delicious meals while doing a multitude of different tasks and dishes like this help keep me on the straight path!

I can't wait to make the next week's dish.

Bon Appétit


Jean said...

Looks great! Sounds like the book is a keeper-just like her other ones. I actually ordered my book earlier in the week so I can participate in the event (when I can).

Have a great weekend.

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