A weekend with Julia: Potage Parmentier

May 04, 2010

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In any world menu, Canada must be considered the vichyssoise of nations – its cold, half French, and difficult to stir. -Stuart Keate-

Speaking of Canada, my parents are going to Canada for my Dad’s business meeting. I really wanted to go but I have 4 finals 🙁

Potage Parmentier.

3 – 4 cups diced peeled potatoes
3 cups thinly sliced leeks
2 quarts water
1 tbsp salt
6 tbsp heavy cream OR 3 tbsp softened butter
3 tbsp minced chives or parsley

  • Simmer vegetables, salt and water together, partially covered for 40-50 minutes.
  • Mash vegetables into the soup with a fork or food mill.
  • Adjust salt and pepper
  • When ready to serve, bring soup back to simmering.
  • Then turn off the heat, stir in cream or butter and top with chopped chives or parsley.

Just as Julia Powell said, “Potage Parmentier is that ‘simple’ is not exactly the same as ‘easy’.” However the boyfriend and I both are awed that three simple ingredients could create something so rich and delicious. Most importantly, comforting.

Sauteed calf’s liver.

1 lb top-quality calf’s liver sliced 1/2 inch thick
Salt and freshly ground pepper
Flour in a plate
3 tbsp clarified butter

  • Heat up clarified butter in the pan.
  • The moment before sauteing, season the liver on both sides with sprinkling of salt and pepper, and dredge in the flour, shaking off excess.
  • Lay in liver and saute 1 minute on each side.
Liver. Fear by many, loved by few. Heck, it even tops Yahoo’s top most unloved foods. http://shine.yahoo.com/channel/food/the-10-most-unloved-foods-1279334/ But for those who are adventurous enough try it, know it’s a good thing. And those caramelized onions are to die for.


Jane Ko is the Austin blogger behind A Taste of Koko, Austin's top food and travel blog featuring the hottest restaurants and weekend getaways. Jane has been a speaker at South by Southwest (SXSW), Texas Conference for Women, BlogHer, and more on entrepreneurship and social media. She lives in Austin Texas with her dog and cat.