Posts Tagged ‘soup’

Not  a snow day per se  but…

it is snowing lightly and as the temperature drops, the snow is accumulating on the trees and grounds around my house.

 I am sitting in my living room looking through our big bay window. I am watching the snow fall and it just makes everything seem quieter. It’s such a beautiful view. I am all sunken into one of our big cushy leather chair and cannot see the road…only the snow and the trees.

On my way back from getting my nails done today (very very important, you know haha), it had begun to snow and I was remembering a blog post I read this morning. The post was on a blog belonging to someone whom I thought I knew but as it turns out, I was wrong.

In any event, she spoke about soup and feeling yucky and I felt bad for her and remembered that she loved to cook and loved to make potato soup. (At least the person I thought I was remembering did these things). It made me think, “Hmmm good day for soup. My girl has to work today and I’d like to send her off with a nice bowl of soup.”

My mind whirled around thinking about the ingredients and should I add quinoa, barley, bulgur or tagliatelle  as  “bulk.” As I was sautéing veggies… carrots to a light caramelize state, mushrooms, scallions I was thinking what to do next. I don’t like soups that lack “substance” i.e., are too liquidy without any bite so to speak. So after sautéing veggies at the beginning, I sprinkle in some flour and cook the rawness of it off before adding liquid. I don’t make it a chowder but it does give the “thin” broth some more substance. I had decided on some Anenili (sic) pasta (tiny little circles) but it just didn’t seem to happen for me.

I remembered that I had a couple of cups of peeled and cubed butternut squash in the fridge so I dumped them in. Then cooked it for a while until the squash was cooked thru. It was really nice. Then just before serving her some (after we got back from school), I dumped in some frozen chopped spinach (that I keep on hand in case I am out of fresh). It tasted very very nice. At this point I would add some nutmeg but the herbs I already added were good enough.

I almost always top off a dish like this with some red wine vinegar but opted that out. Vinegar is good to splash into cream soups or into a hearty veggie dish as well.

And that’s my story for today. I know I still have some reviews and recipes to put up on my pages and I’ll get to it at some point soon.

Happy Wednesday!


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I give up!

 On bringing home takeout for my daughter.

My husband and I went to a  little Thai restaurant today for lunch. I first went to the Vegetarian menu to see what the choices were and if there was anything I could have altered to bring home for our loving kid. (sarcasm intended)

I settled on a soup Yom Kum or something like that. It has veggies in a broth with lots of herbs infused. I made sure there was no dairy or eggs and that the broth was vegan. I quizzed the waiter and also was told that if they do put fish sauce in this soup, he will ask for it without it but he didn’t believe they did as it would overtake the herb scent/aroma.

I was all excited to bring this home for her to eat before she had to go to work. I sent her a text. She writes back, “How do you know its vegan.” I wrote back that my husband as my witness, I quizzed the server. When I arrived home I called her to the kitchen. I told her what I said to the waiter, etc.

She didn’t tell me this, but she told my husband (while I sat in the other room) that she’s not going to eat it. She doesn’t trust it. OMG.

I just went and tested it. It tastes sooooo vegan that I wouldn’t be surprised if it started sprouting roots. The broth is very lovely tho with hints of several herbs including cilantro.

I give up. Seriously.

I am baking a sweet potato for her while she’s out w/my husband walking the dog.

She won’t need to do very much to make me lose it if she rejects the sweet potato…..

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