à la bonne-femme


"Good wife." It is generally used to describe food which is simple, wholesome, "home-cooking", generally using stock in the process and commonly served in the dish in which it was cooked. Bonne-femme is similar to dishes cooked à la ménagère and à la paysanne. It might indicate chicken, simply baked with potatoes, onions, mushrooms and bacon, perhaps with white wine. It can also describe a potato, leek and carrot soup or fish poached in white wine.