ffwD: Christine’s simple party soups


Lately with French Fridays with Dorie, I’ve been skipping reading Dorie’s mini-intros before the recipe and instead going straight for the recipe. This means that I miss out on the recipe’s backstory or some related humerous anecdote. Subsequently so, I have no idea who “Christine” is other than she’s the namesake of this week’s assignmnet.

Three types of soup were a lot ot make for one post, but luckily, my sister (Codename: Gamer Psychologist) was in town from Hawaii over Christmas to help with the eating! Still, I only made half versions of each batch for the two of us. As for garnishes, I used cayenne on the red bell pepper soup, curry on the asparagus soup, and cardamom on the broccoli soup. Gamer Psychologist really liked the broccoli and asparagus soups, but left me the red bell pepper soup because she stated “bell peppers are gross.”

Christine’s simple party soups were made for French Fridays with Dorie, a group of bloggers who are cooking their way through Dorie Greenspan’s Around My French Table: More Than 300 Recipes from My Home to Yours.

63 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. saucygander
    Jan 17, 2014 @ 12:47:58

    Just look at their colours, wow!

  2. Cakelaw
    Jan 17, 2014 @ 16:58:42

    He, he, I rarely read the back story either – I am normally on a strict time budget, so I hop right into it. You are good to have made all three soups – great job. Me, I just opted for the asparagus, because I didn’t know what I was going to do with all of that soup.

  3. Gracie ~ Food Fascination
    Jan 17, 2014 @ 17:37:57

    Very nice. Your soup looks so much thicker than mine. I’m sure they were all yummy, even the red pepper!

  4. Karen
    Jan 17, 2014 @ 19:12:06

    Since I usually cook for just two, I would be halving the recipes as well. Nice that you had your sister to help in all the eating. 🙂

  5. Mardi (eat. live. travel. write.)
    Jan 17, 2014 @ 20:07:50

    Very pretty colours!

  6. Geraldine Saucier
    Jan 17, 2014 @ 20:27:11

    .You did a beautiful job. I only made the Broccoli soup.

  7. trevorsisboom
    Jan 17, 2014 @ 20:44:44

    LOL. The backstory is much of the fun for me! Not sure what I would write if it wasn’t there for me to snark at. That said, I’m quite taken with the presentations of this that thought enough to sprinkle the spices on the cream instead of mixing them in. Wish I thought of that.

  8. Adriana @ GreatFood360°
    Jan 17, 2014 @ 20:50:05

    It’s always great to have family around, especially with these multi-dish recipes. I hope you girls enjoy your time together.

  9. Bam's Kitchen
    Jan 17, 2014 @ 21:12:36

    That red pepper soup looks so vibrant. Love eating the rainbow!

  10. Tandy | Lavender and Lime
    Jan 17, 2014 @ 21:18:29

    I’m not so sure about cardamom with broccoli, I will have to try that!

  11. Inger Wilkerson
    Jan 17, 2014 @ 21:37:45

    What great colors! How perfect for Christmas!

  12. Daniela
    Jan 17, 2014 @ 22:01:16

    Just looking at the beautiful ,bright colors makes me hungry for these soups!

  13. sprinklesandsauce
    Jan 17, 2014 @ 22:12:34

    these soups look so vibrant!

  14. Three Well Beings
    Jan 18, 2014 @ 00:09:58

    Cardamom and broccoli! Ooooh! That sounds amazing. I love a good soup and these, all three, including the red bell pepper, would really be perfect to me. 🙂

  15. My Kitchen Stories
    Jan 18, 2014 @ 01:12:18

    They are a great idea and brilliant colours. I suppose you are over bell pepper soup for a while now

  16. Food,Photography & France
    Jan 18, 2014 @ 04:38:04

    Looking good;)

  17. oneexpatslife
    Jan 18, 2014 @ 06:00:55

    My husband and your sister have the same opinion of bell peppers. I didn’t even try to get him to try that one.

  18. Monica
    Jan 18, 2014 @ 06:43:32

    What colorful soups and unusual combinations! I like the sound of curry and asparagus.

  19. nana
    Jan 18, 2014 @ 08:01:42

    I only made the broccoli, but we enjoyed that. All of your soups looks quite delicious with that bit of flavored topping.

  20. tastytreats13
    Jan 18, 2014 @ 09:26:48

    They look very pretty and tasty! Yum!

  21. Velva
    Jan 18, 2014 @ 09:38:37

    These are beautiful soups! Thanks for sharing them.

  22. Liz Berg
    Jan 18, 2014 @ 10:14:31

    You win for most vibrant soups!!! Beautifully done!

  23. Amy Andrews
    Jan 18, 2014 @ 10:48:45

    Look good — a bit chunkier than what I ended up with. I agree w/sister on the red pepper — they def. need to be roasted to be any good. Have a great w/e!

  24. thebestdressup
    Jan 18, 2014 @ 12:36:24

    ciao! soups are so satisfying and particularly during this season. delicious flavours.

  25. Carolyn Jung
    Jan 18, 2014 @ 14:59:55

    “Bell peppers are gross”??? Say it ain’t so. Tell her to eat an orange or red one at the height of summer when they are soooo sweet. That will change her mind for sure.

  26. jora
    Jan 18, 2014 @ 15:08:12

    I don’t know who Christine is either, although now I’m sort of curious!

  27. betsy
    Jan 18, 2014 @ 16:20:03

    Very colorful! I liked the taste of the green ones, the red one, not so much (too thin). Hope you had a nice visit with your sister.

  28. Confessions of a Culinary Diva
    Jan 18, 2014 @ 17:18:27

    Hope you had a great holiday! Can’t say I read the intro on this one either – I thought the red soup was just too watery, next time I need to thicken it up a bit. Have a great weekend.

  29. Renee Iseson
    Jan 18, 2014 @ 20:38:06

    Your soups look really good! Cardamom would be such an interesting flavor for the broccoli. I may have to try that!

  30. The Fashion Fraction
    Jan 19, 2014 @ 01:16:32

    These look so delicious. I wish I could try them right now


  31. Paula @ Vintage Kitchen Notes
    Jan 19, 2014 @ 02:32:25

    To have someone help eat whatever we make is always welcome. The soups are so colorful, the name fits them well! I like the spice you used in them!

  32. ivysew http://simplybeautifulhealthyliving.blogspot.com
    Jan 19, 2014 @ 05:39:40

    Healthy soups indeed !

  33. Alice
    Jan 19, 2014 @ 12:52:16

    LOL 🙂 at least you enjoyed them…! 🙂

  34. Tricia S.
    Jan 19, 2014 @ 13:32:15

    Very much liking the thick consistency of yours. I love broccoli so after tasting all 3- I wolfed down that one. Hubby actually likes peppers an asparagus so he was stuck, but not complaining, with the other two. Did like the new use for leftover veggies.

  35. Cher
    Jan 19, 2014 @ 15:07:43

    I am with your sister – bell peppers are gross. That being said, I love the vibrant color in all three of your soups.

  36. Kristi @ My San Francisco Kitchen
    Jan 19, 2014 @ 22:40:00

    I would love to try all three!

  37. cquek
    Jan 20, 2014 @ 03:06:10

    Love this recipe!

  38. Emma (fluff and fripperies)
    Jan 20, 2014 @ 03:14:30

    All three sound delicious and the colours look amazing together!

  39. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef
    Jan 20, 2014 @ 05:10:23

    The jury’s out on the cardamom for me but I LOVE these colors!

  40. Norma Chang
    Jan 20, 2014 @ 06:12:03

    Lovely to have your sister visiting and sharing the eating, cooking also?

  41. markd60
    Jan 20, 2014 @ 07:48:38

    They look like shooters… a little.

  42. shashi @ http://runninsrilankan.com
    Jan 20, 2014 @ 08:17:23

    What lovely colors! This was a gorgeous treat for your sis and you!

  43. Gloria
    Jan 20, 2014 @ 08:52:36

    Looks so nice!

  44. amanda
    Jan 20, 2014 @ 13:05:55


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  45. Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes
    Jan 20, 2014 @ 13:43:03

    Love the vibrant colors!! Very eye-catching!!

  46. Tracy
    Jan 20, 2014 @ 15:37:41

    You always make such delicious looking food.

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  47. Hotly Spiced
    Jan 20, 2014 @ 16:13:21

    Three soups! What a challenge. How lovely to have your sister with you to share them xx

  48. Mary Hirsch
    Jan 20, 2014 @ 18:32:38

    Glad your sis was on board to eat the soups. Your asparagus and broccoli soups look thicker than Dorie’s. I am partial to “thick” over “liquid” too.

  49. Beth
    Jan 21, 2014 @ 04:19:59

    The asparagus soup sounds great!

  50. Sharon
    Jan 21, 2014 @ 04:24:04

    I love a nice soup 🙂

  51. Guyla
    Jan 21, 2014 @ 09:15:53

    That’s funny that you don’t read the backstory. Sometimes I kind of skim them:) I usually look at the ingredients first and sometimes don’t even ready the instructions very well! By the way, I cannot recommend my method as it has gotten me in trouble more than once. So very nice to have you sister to share with!

  52. Joyti
    Jan 21, 2014 @ 11:56:37

    These look delicious! So colorful and pretty!

  53. Juliana
    Jan 21, 2014 @ 17:17:22

    Yum! All of them look delicious, I sure would love to dig my spoon in these bowls.
    Hope you are having a wonderful week 😀

  54. Barbara Bamber | justasmidgen
    Jan 21, 2014 @ 21:18:53

    Hahaha, all the more Bell Pepper Soup for you! Christine must be as talented as you:)

  55. The Foodie Affair
    Jan 21, 2014 @ 22:19:59

    Red bell pepper are my favorite! I bet the soup was delicious. I would be happy to be left with that 🙂

  56. Raymund
    Jan 21, 2014 @ 23:06:23

    Love all of them, just look at those vibrant colours

  57. Jessica Maher
    Jan 22, 2014 @ 06:35:03

    the red bell pepper soup looks like exactly what you would picture it and looks delicious. That is the one I would have chosen for sure

  58. dedy oktavianus pardede
    Jan 22, 2014 @ 06:54:33

    wow, georgeous color…
    i love bellpepper all the way!

  59. bakeawaywithme.com
    Jan 22, 2014 @ 11:01:19

    Good to have help eating these soups! I finished mine by myself! I made half batches of the asparagus and red pepper…deciding it was more than enough for one person. I really enjoyed the asparagus! The colors are just so vibrant and pretty!

  60. moderngirlnutrition
    Jan 22, 2014 @ 11:02:35

    I love all the colors!!

  61. Caroline
    Jan 22, 2014 @ 12:09:47

    Beautiful colors! All of these soups sound delicious!

  62. RebeccaSubbiah RDN ✈ (@chowandchatter)
    Jan 22, 2014 @ 15:59:39

    great vibrant colors enjoy your sisters visit

  63. Jenn and Seth
    Jan 22, 2014 @ 17:50:51

    so pretty! they all sound so good!

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