Potage à la Bonne Femme

Preparation info

  • Serves

    4 to 6

    • Difficulty


Appears in

The Robert Carrier Cookbook

By Robert Carrier

Published 1965

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  • 1 quart chicken stock
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 4-5 spring onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 head lettuce, shredded
  • ½ cucumber, peeled, seeded and sliced into matchsticks
  • 1 packet frozen peas
  • 4-5 sprigs tarragon, chervil or sorrel, finely chopped
  • 2 egg yolks
  • ¼ pint cream
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • fried croûtons of bread


Melt butter in a saucepan; add vegetables and herbs, and simmer gently for about 5 minutes.

Bring chicken stock to a boil; pour it over the vegetables and allow the soup to simmer gently for about 30 minutes, or until vegetables are quite tender.

Beat egg yolks and cream with a fork until well blended. Remove saucepan from the heat and strain egg and cream mixture into the soup, stirring constantly. Return pan to heat and simmer, stirring constantly, until the yolks thicken, but do not let it come to a boil, or your soup will curdle. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Serve with croûtons.