French style: How to make everyday soup

I almost never ate soup growing up in America and when I did, it was almost always Campbell’s. Here in France though, soup is an institution.

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I almost never ate soup growing up in America and when I did, it was almost always Campbell’s. Here in France though, soup is an institution. It’s one of the first things you feed your baby; it’s a common family entrée; and it’s dinner for many older people.

A while back my parents did cook up some French onion soup during a visit here. The recipe was a complex affair: 3 kinds of onions sautéed in butter, Kirsch, white wine, bouillon, eggs, flour, a special kind of cheese. They spent well over an hour, busy as bees, chopping, sautéing, deglazing, dirtying diverse pots and pans.

In the end, their soup was… well, it was pretty damn good. But it was so much work! No wonder they never make soup. And despite all the effort, it wasn’t that much different from my fast-and-easy version (don’t tell them). Continue reading “French style: How to make everyday soup”

How to organize anything and keep it that way*

GTD, pomodoro, flylady, Marie Kondo, feng shui… I read so much about organization – books, blogs, tips, pinterest, lists, life hacks – there’s no time left to put away the damn laundry.

How to organize the closet, get the kids’ rooms in order, file paperwork, finish projects on time… GTD, pomodoro, flylady, Marie Kondo, feng shui… I read so much about organization – books, blogs, tips, pinterest, lists, life hacks – there’s no time left to put away the damn laundry.

Organizing advice can be served up warm and homey or business and efficiency ordered “to-go.” There’s the goody two-shoes homemaker and the cross-fit suck-it-up-and-trash-it coach. Spiritual. Minimalist. Esoteric. Fun! Take your pick, there is an organizational genre out there, waiting to help YOU defy the second law of thermodynamics. Continue reading “How to organize anything and keep it that way*”

7 unscientific tricks to improve your mood*

No scientific nonsense here (gratitude journal, meditation – begone!), only fun stuff.

* Ok, if something really bad happens, it’s not gonna help. But if the stupid day-to-day petty stuff is bringing you down, go ahead and give it a try.

No scientific nonsense here (gratitude journal, meditation – begone!), only fun stuff. Besides, did you know that science says putting a pencil in your mouth will make you happy?

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How’s that working for you, Angela?

So, ready or not, let the countdown begin! Continue reading “7 unscientific tricks to improve your mood*”