Did the Dow Jones just plummet and with it, all your hopes and dreams for the future? (Namely, retiring by the age of 121?) Here’s what you do: warm up some soup. Sit down. Slurp it loudly and with a great deal of verve. You are guaranteed to feel better.
Have you, by any chance, been fighting a losing battle with bronchitis for exactly four weeks? Do you have the coldest job in the universe? Is your house such a mess that you’ve purchased a pair of horse blinders to help you ignore it? Oh, wait, maybe that’s just me. But I think you should probably join me in having some soup, anyway. Insert your own plethora of challenges, big and small. Surely soup will help.
I have big plans for this winter: I am not only going to cope, I am going to thrive! When I come out the other end of this dark, cold, snow-packed tunnel in March, I am going to be a better person than I am now in every conceivable way. How am I going to do this?
Soup, of course. Butternut Squash. Sweet Potato Carrot. White Bean and Sage. Chinese Chicken Noodle. Mushroom Barley. Zucchini. These are part of my current repertoire. But perhaps there will be other varieties, incarnations I can’t even imagine yet…
The Soup Opening Ceremonies were held a few weeks ago at our house when my my in-laws were visiting. My Mother in Law, Sandy, made an excellent Pea Soup with Ham. Around the same time, my brother donated some of his awesome Lentil Soup to our cause.
Last night, after running 45,000 errands, I whipped up some of the easiest soup I know: Broccoli Leek. One thing I’ve learned about cooking is that making soup is actually about as simple as it gets.
For this soup, all you have to do is chop down about three broccoli trees and wash the silt out of three leeks.
I used this:
These gals were none too happy that I used this ingredient. The fact that this chicken broth is “free range,” did nothing to assuage them. Note the cold shoulders:
Once the veggies seem soft, get out your Soup Smoosher. There are few processes in this life more satisfying than turning a pot of boiling solids into a cohesive liquid:
If you don’t own a soup smoosher a.k.a. hand blender yet, go out and get one, immediately. (But turn off your stove first – a burned-down house is one problem that soup cannot solve.) (Also, whenever you are pressing on the “smooshing” button, leave the blade end of it SUBMERGED. Otherwise, hot soup will hit you in the face and splatter your walls, not to mention that it will ruin your favorite apron. It’s the same principle behind leaving the lid on the blender whilst blending.)
plate bowl your soup and don’t forget to add plenty of cracked pepper on top. Find some extra-hearty bread, put on your softest PJs, and dive in:
Any soup suggestions or recipes? It’s going to be a long winter….