Day 1: Detox Soup

365 Good Reasons To Sit Down To Eat (by Stéphane Reynaud) was one of the great gifts that I was fortunate to receive this year for Christmas. The book contains one dish/meal for every day of the year, and as such, I have decided to go ahead and make every single recipe in the book; starting with Detox Soup.

Detox Soup is a nice and simple one to start with, consisting of onions, leek, celery and some chives.

The only issue with this soup was the overinflated price of leeks at supermarkets; $4 per leek. Usually, we like to head to Brisbane’s Farmers Markets for fresh produce at a reasonable price (however; because of the Christmas / New Years holidays the markets were not open this week) for example you can get a bundle of 3–5 leeks for around $3, depending on the stall.

However, the price of leeks is only a small issue which I am going to face while cooking my way through this book. As the book was written by a French author, for a European audience, there are going to be issues around ingredients being in seasons or available at all. For example, Day 4 the recipe calls for a Brêsse or boiling hen, neither of which are available around Brisbane (after many phone calls to local butchers).

Then there are the recipes who’s name alone is enough to turn you off; such as Calf’s Head…