Soak the beans overnight.
Cook them one hour. Put a few tablespoons apart and puree the rest.
Chop the carrots and the garlic, fry five minutes in olive oil, add
the chicken broth and cook 20 minutes. Puree the mixture and put together
with the bean soup and beans. Reheat and add salt, fresh milled pepper,
the sausage and the wine.
French bread and salted butter
Slice the onions and fry them in the butter on a
very low fire for 15 minutes. Stir in the flour. Add stock, salt and
a lot of fresh milled pepper and simmer for 45 minutes. In the meantime,
slice and toast the French bread. Grate the cheese and put on top of
the French bread, and put the bread under the grill until the cheese
has melted. Put the soup in bowl or soup plates and put the bread in.
March 1889, the Eiffel Tower in
Paris was officially
opened. It is 324 meters high and was built for the World Fair, but has
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