Dec 18, 2008

meals day 9

We had Random Soup tonight. Meaning, lots of veggies thrown in for wierd variety.

To be honest, good soup is all in a few ingredients. They are:

good vegetable broth (I've only had one kind I hated... it comes in a greyish brown package. If you ever find veggie bullion in a flat, greyish brown package, stay away. stay far away.) Powder is usually better than cubes, anyway.

onions. 1 whole onion diced for a big pot of soup, less for a smaller.

garlic. 1-2 cloves, crushed.

celery. Trust me. It's soooo important.. I hate celery but it really MAKES soup. two or (for a large pot) three stalks, thinly sliced.

seasonings: salt, pepper (white or black, depending.) for a yummy twist, add creole seasoning (accompanying okra or hominy in the soup, of course. :) chili powder and cumin for a taco-ish thing.

other options:

potatoes to add body,

cream to make it "cream of" something (or you can use plain yogurt, we do this usually)

tomato puree or tomato juice to make it a tomato-base (like minestrone)

flour or cornstarch to thicken.

Add lots of veggies. Lots of colorful veggies. There are a few veggies that don't work in soup, usually. For example, Mushrooms, cucumbers, olives. Cabbage, unless you're making Borcht or Miso soup (but that's another recipe).

Anything that will get really gushy that you wouldn't want to be part of the broth is pretty much a thumbs down... anything else is a possibility!

kids: usually they love it, but of course it varies with the veggies. Tonight's was a solid *** out of **** I think.

US: *** out of ****.

13 comments:

Putz said...

you have blogged more in the past two weeks than months before...ministrone is the best vegtable soup there is in the world...day 10...how is it having skywalker home againe?????

Putz said...

you have blogged more in the past two weeks than months before...ministrone is the best vegtable soup there is in the world...day 10...how is it having skywalker home againe?????

Putz said...

you have blogged more in the past two weeks than months before...ministrone is the best vegtable soup there is in the world...day 10...how is it having skywalker home againe?????

Putz said...

you have blogged more in the past two weeks than months before...ministrone is the best vegtable soup there is in the world...day 10...how is it having skywalker home againe?????

Lucy Stern said...

Looks like Putz went crazy with the "Publish" button...lol.

Sounds good. Do you ever use chicken broth or beef broth? I know that chicken broth is good for when you are congested....

Have you ever heard of .... Vingear of the four theives? I know that is a totally off the wall question, but I am curious if you know anything about it.

the nice one said...

do you remember hot chick chowder!! only difference we didn't have a recipe!
HOT CHICKS 306

NoSurfGirl said...

Long Live the Chowder stuffed with Hot-Chicketty goodness!!!


BTW... I still get mad when I think about what those sneaky girls next door wrote on our window. sigh. I have issues.

the nice one said...

i've some how blocked out that memory

NoSurfGirl said...

I'm actually not sure it was the girls next door. It's just better than the alternative... that someone else in the ward wrote it:) It was "hot hicks" or something like that.

NoSurfGirl said...

Lucy...

is that the thing that the theives used during the black plague to keep themselves disease-free while they robbed plague-ridden houses? If so, Young Living has an essential oil that's supposed to contain all the elements. We actually love it and use it a lot for illness. IT's called simply "theives". I think it has cloves, and cinnamon oil and things like that in it.

Lucy Stern said...

Nosurfgirl - Yes that is what I am talking about....Do you know the website where I can buy it?

NoSurfGirl said...

www.youngliving.com

look in the product catalog under essential oils, oil blends, the name is "thieves." If you know a YL distributor you can get it for cheaper.

NoSurfGirl said...

sorry... just visited the site and realized it's more complicated than that. you have to pick the country you're in. Click on the products, do a search for "theives". A bunch of theives products will come up... the essential oil looks like it's around 43.00.