If you are really keen on preparing your soup from scratch, then the autumn is the time to buy fresh chestnuts.
From: Trish's Paris Kitchen
This is an alternative use for a freshly baked loaf based on the olive oil French sandwich style known as the 'pain bagnard'. This is made with three different sorts of tomatoes, so if it’s not the summer time, you can heighten the flavour of it by roasting some with balsamic vinegar and sugar and then using some sun dried tomatoes.
This is a bit of a cheat, not really cooking at all, unless you count boiling the beans and the quail's eggs. Traditionally it is regarded as a lunchtime filler for hungry workers in the fields, probably washed down with a jug of robust local wine.