Dedicated to my husband, Jose Miguel, whose eyes light
up when I do silly things...
I love you...Te quiero....Je T'aime!!!
There is a cozy little bistro in the City of Lights called Chez La Guillotine that
serves a French Onion Soup that is to die for. It is located down by the Sien River
on Rue Bon Apetit. Folks go to relax, wine and dine in a casual, friendly setting.
The light brown paint is flaking off the walls and the old wood floors are worn down,
but...be prepared to wait for a table if you want a taste of the scrumptious soup!
It's owner, Chef Jean-Pierre Camberbert du Foundue, was passionate about his
onion soup. Bowl, after bowl, after bowl, after bowl, after bowl, he prepared with
was so delicious because of "le consome" , or beef stock he prepared daily.
Early in the morning, Chef du Fondue would be the first to arrive at the bistro to start
the base of his popular soup. He would heat le olive oil in le pan and then, he would
add le beef shanks in carefully.
Le Leeks, le carrots, le tomatoes, le celery, le parsnips, le parsley,les onions,
le bell pepper, le garlic, les whole black pepper, le salt. Then he would cover all
Jean-Pierre brought it to a boil....and that reminded him of the woman he loved...
Marie-Lu-Lu Le Brie. A monumental woman whose beauty deserved to be guarded
in The Louvre. Her laughter was as bubbly as Champagne. Her eyes could light
Le Eiffel Tower in the darkest night, and her kisses...oh her kisses ...as sweet
as creme burlee!!! He took his wallet out and contemplated her photo..
photo. His heart was beating fast. and his temperature rising!!!
He went and sliced onions very thin. A mountain of onions!!!
Next he sauteed them in olive oil, medium-low heat adding a dash of salt
and keeping watch...stirring them often until caramelized....
THERE WAS A FAMILIAR KNOCK AT LE BACK DOOR....
HE RUSHED TO OPEN!
It was Marie Lu-Lu. Everyday she delivered the bread for her lover's famous soup.
She kissed him 14 times as the French do and said...........
"Wee nees to tak, mon amour!"
"Mon cheri...yu know je t'aime, butz... I most toasts le breads!..it weel
just have to waits!!! I promise we wees talk later. OUI?
upset me...I will drinks the vine!!!"
"Mon little flowerj! How cans yu say thats!! Ands vat are doins drinking!
Euuuuuhhh......It's six thirtty in the moring!!!"
I drink! Yu do nots love me... Yu love the soup
wills open in a few hours and I haven'ts even toasted le bread!!!"
"OH, PARDON!!! LE BREAD HAS TO BEES TOASTED!!! THATZ IS
MORE IMPORTANTS THANS WHATS I HAVES TO TELL YU!!!
I JUST WANTZ TO TOAST LE BREADS!!!!"
"Wells, thens do it!! Toast itz....see if I care!!!"
WHOS AM I?????
"C'est moi! Le woman that feels alone....yu spent more time wiz the onions
thans wiz mee...yu live for your broth...nots for mee!!!
YU HAVE UPSET MEE... I WILL EATS LE BREAD!!!
"NO!! NO!! NO!!! NOT LE BREAD!!!I NEEDS IT FOR LE FRENCH ONION
blah, blah, blah, BLAH!!!!"
Jean-Pierre lost his nerves and shouted..."Marie Lu-Lu!!! Leave
Le Guillotine before I loose my head!!!" And he drank the vine....
stormed out of La Guillotine!!!
Jean-Pierre stood in his kitchen...wondering what had happened to the love of
his life! He would call her later, but now the crew was coming in...and he needed to
continue with the soup.
more onions....then he filled with the beef broth ...more Swiss cheese to cover it all
and then he sprinkled with Parmesan cheese so that it would turn a golden brown when
baked in the oven...
she was doing. He started feeling bad ...all she wanted was a minute of his time to say
something that was important to her...and he didn't listen!
The restaurant was about to open the doors for lunch, but Jean-Pierre, for the first
time told his other chefs they were in charge. He was going home!
When Marie Lu-Lu opened the door to their home and saw it was Jean-Pierre she
could not believe he took off from work ....from his soup ...to come and talk...to say
he was sorry!
She gave him a sweet kiss ....and said, "Mon amour! Yu has made mee so
happy. I can'ts beelive you left La Guillotine! I ....am so sorrys ...I just
wanted to tells yu iz wee are havings a baby!!!"
She asked, " Buts, how? Le broth takes so longs!!!"
He answered, "With this I will save time!"
-"OUI, mon amour....I will do thats and more!' he said lovingly...
-"Jean-Pierre ....I haves a craving", she said with her eyes wide open.
-"Whats...I will run for yu"
-" I woulds like some Le French Onion Soup!!!"