French Fridays with Dorie: Côte d’Azur cure-all soup

Dorie Greenspan cure-all soup on eatlivetravelwrite.comThis week’s French Fridays with Dorie recipe – Côte d’Azur cure-all soup was just what the doctor ordered this week.  I’ve been cooking in a tiny makeshift (no, really, just essential utensils, two hotplates and a toaster oven) kitchen at our house in France for the past 10 days which has made trying to get dishes cooked for the blog rather interesting. I’ve done pretty well although last Sunday just after Neil arrived, I realised that I needed to make a few different dishes all at the same time which would end up being a rather disjointed dinner.  Neil’s used to this – both at home and in France – and fortunately for me, I didn’t need more than two hotplates 😉

This soup is a simple concoction of broth, garlic, herbs, Parmesan cheese and egg yolks. I changed it up slightly to add some greens (arugula/ rocket/ roquette) and used a soft-boiled egg instead of just the yolks. It made for a more substantial soup and I like the act of mixing the soft yolk into my own soup bowl too.

Get Dorie Greenspan’s recipe for Côte d’Azur cure-all soup here or on page 70 of Around my French Table.


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36 Responses to French Fridays with Dorie: Côte d’Azur cure-all soup

  1. Cher March 20, 2015 at 05:52 #

    Two hot plates, huh? That sounds like life in the middle of a kitchen reno…
    I hope the house is coming along well.

    • Mardi Michels March 21, 2015 at 01:35 #

      Or life in an empty room that WILL become a kitchen once it’s installed 😉

  2. Ei March 20, 2015 at 06:30 #

    I like the idea of the soft boiled egg in this soup. Sounds perfect!

  3. Liz March 20, 2015 at 09:38 #

    Oh, gosh, I wish I was in Paris right now sipping down your gorgeous twist on this soup!! Thanks for your kind note. I think today will be a much happier occasion than my last visit—at least that’s the plan—to celebrate a beautiful life. xo

    • Mardi Michels March 21, 2015 at 01:34 #

      Thank, actually nowhere near Paris and amidst the construction and renos, this was the perfect soup 🙂

  4. Anavon Harris March 20, 2015 at 10:22 #

    Yours looks yummy too… I love the changes, I though about adding spinach to mine. I think I am going to try it your way. 🙂

  5. Diane Balch March 20, 2015 at 11:11 #

    Sounds like the cooking we have to do when we lose power. I felt the need to make this more of a meal too. Lovely with the soft boiled egg.

    • Mardi Michels March 21, 2015 at 01:34 #

      Not sure how I would have made this with NO power (although a few hours later we did lose power!)… would have been VERY challenging!

  6. Ann March 20, 2015 at 11:23 #

    Beautiful dish for the first day of spring! But enquiring minds want to know — did you make homemade broth on a hot plate?!

    • Mardi Michels March 21, 2015 at 01:33 #

      There are limits to how far I will go, even for beloved Dorie 😉 So, no.

  7. Rose March 20, 2015 at 12:20 #

    Good luck with that kitchen. I’ve never particularly enjoyed trying to cook in someone else’s kitchen. Must be even worse when the kitchen is not well equipped.

    • Mardi Michels March 21, 2015 at 01:32 #

      Um, it’s not someone else’s kitchen. It’s ours. Or will be when the kitchen is installed. This “kitchen” consisted of one sink and one cabinet when we bought the place. Hence the toaster oven and hotplates 😉

  8. Trevor March 20, 2015 at 16:45 #

    Did you make water soup? I’m hoping you used a nice broth to make it this way but I do have to admire your moxie for deconstructing this one so. I do think some greens were in order to be curative as well. Looks very nice!

    • Mardi Michels March 21, 2015 at 01:32 #

      I actually used a – gasp! – ready made broth mix (like Dorie says many French people do!) which was very tasty. Was going to do water only with extra herbs etc but then spotted the broth mix and went with that!

  9. Cakelaw March 20, 2015 at 18:24 #

    I love how you facied up your soup. This was my favourite soup in the book.

  10. Betsy March 20, 2015 at 21:41 #

    Yours is my favorite version of the soup I’ve seen. And it makes it into a meal! Did you whisk the yolks into the soup plus put the egg on top? Can’t tell from the photo.

    • Mardi Michels March 21, 2015 at 01:30 #

      No, I think the soup would have been thicker and more yellow if I had whisked the yolks in. Basically I didn’t want to waste egg whites (and lucky I didn’t do it that way because a few hours after I made this and was getting ready to bake, our power went out at the house so no baking or using egg whites for me!)

  11. Mr. Neil March 21, 2015 at 07:56 #

    The best soup from FFWD? Hmmm…can’t remember all – so not sure about that.

    This was mighty fine, though. Loved the rocket. (Albeit it did add a bib-required drippability factor.)

    We paired this with a local AOP Buzet, similar in flavur profile to Bordeaux. A bit heartier than I would have properly chosen, but after a day of fighting furniture, very much required. 😉

    • Tami March 22, 2015 at 22:05 #

      mmmmm – fighting furniture??? Did you visit Ikea 🙂

      • Mardi Michels March 23, 2015 at 05:53 #

        No but everything apart from antiques needs to be put together it seems!

    • Mardi Michels March 28, 2015 at 08:43 #

      Sometimes simple really is best.

  12. Nana March 21, 2015 at 13:33 #

    Love your presentation and give you a lot of credit working with what’s available. Enjoy your vacation.

  13. TheKitchenLioness March 21, 2015 at 16:04 #

    Mardi, lovely and very tasty interpretation of the Cure-All-Soup indeed! How wonderful that you have bought your own place in Paris – I am very envious (when you are there, you are only a few hours away by train form where I am..).
    Enjoy a nice weekend,

    • Mardi Michels March 22, 2015 at 04:41 #

      We didn’t buy in Paris (couldn’t afford it!). A little house in the South-West…

  14. Teresa March 21, 2015 at 18:44 #

    The soup looks even prettier the way you made it. I love the idea of adding greens to it, especially. Sounds like you had a wonderful time in your makeshift kitchen!

    • Mardi Michels March 28, 2015 at 08:42 #

      I’m loving the makeshift kitchen but will be happy to have it complete!

  15. Parisbreakfast March 22, 2015 at 03:28 #

    Rockette added to soup = perfection!

  16. Diane Zwang March 23, 2015 at 15:38 #

    I like all the changes you make to the soup. It does look inviting. This soup seems to be a hit with most people. Hope you are enjoying your time in France, hot plates and all.

  17. Mary Hirsch March 25, 2015 at 11:44 #

    Really, Mardi, maybe you should stick to hot plates. That soup (and, the picture of it) looks delicious and appetizing. I will give you credit for tenacity, my friend. Your house in France and plans for it sound very, very nice and exciting. I am so happy for both you and Neil.

    • Mardi Michels March 28, 2015 at 08:39 #

      Hey, I cook ONLY with hot plates with the boys each week at school and it’s amazing what you can do!

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