The first time I ever tried French Onion Soup, I was hesitant. Soup, filled with onions, that couldn’t possibly taste good, right? Wrong! The waitress was so convinced that I would love it that she offered to buy it if I didn’t. Sold. So I tried it. Wrong, wrong, wrong, but soooooo right. How could a bowl of onions taste so incredible. Was it the crouton, topped with melted cheese? Was is the broth, conceived of onion juices? Or simply put, it was the marriage of all the flavors locked in together, intertwining into one happy family. And so I share with you this recipe on how to make your very own French Onion Soup. And I challenge you to try it!
In honor of the upcoming release of THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY on August 8th, DreamWork’s paired with LE CORDON BLEU to bring you this #FoodieFriday recipe for French Onion Soup.
Based on the novel “The Hundred-Foot Journey” by Richard C. Morais, and starring Helen Mirren, Manish Dayal, Om Puri, and Charoltte Le Bon, be prepared to have your taste buds thirsting for flavors you have yet to experience in life.
In “The Hundred-Foot Journey,” Hassan Kadam (Manish Dayal) is a culinary ingénue with the gastronomic equivalent of perfect pitch. Displaced from their native India, the Kadam family, led by Papa (Om Puri), settles in the quaint village of Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val in the south of France. Filled with charm, it is both picturesque and elegant – the ideal place to settle down and open an Indian restaurant, the Maison Mumbai. That is, until the chilly chef proprietress of Le Saule Pleureur, a Michelin starred, classical French restaurant run by Madame Mallory (Academy Award®-winner Helen Mirren), gets wind of it. Her icy protests against the new Indian restaurant a hundred feet from her own, escalate to all out war between the two establishments – until Hassan’s passion for French haute cuisine and for Mme. Mallory’s enchanting sous chef, Marguerite (Charlotte Le Bon), combine with his mysteriously delicious talent to weave magic between their two cultures and imbue Saint-Antonin with the flavors of life that even Mme. Mallory cannot ignore. At first Mme. Mallory’s culinary rival, she eventually recognizes Hassan’s gift as a chef and takes him under her wing.
“The Hundred-Foot Journey” abounds with flavors that burst across the tongue. A stimulating triumph over exile, blossoming with passion and heart, with marjoram and madras, it is a portrayal of two worlds colliding and one boy’s drive to find the comfort of home, in every pot, wherever he may be.
In DreamWorks Pictures’ “The Hundred-Foot Journey,” the opening of a new Indian restaurant in the south of France, next to a famous Michelin starred eatery, is nearly cause for an all-out war between the two establishments until Le Saule Pleureur’s icy proprietress Madame Mallory recognizes her rival’s undeniable brilliance for preparing masterful meals.