October 12, 2004

Soup is Good Food

I am bad at being sick. Some people are good at it. My wife, for example, is a great sick person. She doesn't let it slow her down at all. I, on the other hand, generally will wallow in my sickitude. I am miserable. I moan. I like to be both left alone and taken care of. Mostly, I want soup. I also mostly prefer my own cooking. I am sick, right now. It is inconvenient to be sick now. I have to be in Philadelphia tomorrow and in Court later in the week. Happily, I had soup I made last week. I am going to reproduce the little recipe here both because I think others might like it and because I don't want to forget how to make it.

It was simple. I took a bag of broccoli flowerets (the pre cut up stuff you normally cook by throwing the bag in the microwave), one red pepper (I cut up), 1 hot, green chili pepper (they said it was serrano but I thought it may have been jalapeno and mis-labeled), and one really big can of low fat and low sodium chicken broth and brought it all to a boil. I added some cumin, maybe a teaspoon, some sea salt and some fresh ground pepper. I let it cook away for at least 10 minutes, which was enough time to cook the vegetables. I took it off the heat and stuck the puree wand in and zapped it. Then back on the heat for the flavors to come together. Then back off the heat for some heavy cream.

It was very yummy and the chili pepper gave it a great kick. This was a perfect weekday soup to make since, start to finish, it was a half an hour.

There are some things I might do differently, next time or if I had more time. I might have sauteed some onions and all of the vegetables first. I also might have thrown in some fresh ginger and a smashed garlic clove or two. I also might have used sour cream or yogurt instead of the heavy cream. Or even maybe buttermilk.

If I have time tonight, there will be more soup. Because we all know, soup is good food.

Posted by Random Penseur at October 12, 2004 11:49 AM

That does sound good! I would never have thought of those combos. I'll have to give it a try. Only I'll have to use parave coffee stuff..I wonder if it will work....

Posted by: Rachel Ann at October 12, 2004 12:37 PM

How funny-I have been on a total soup kick myself. Can't get enough of it. Made a homemade leek and potato soup myself tonight.

I swear the world looks better with a bowl of soup and a glass of wine. I swear it.

Posted by: Helen at October 12, 2004 05:34 PM

'Tis the season for soup. Although here in NorCal, our false fall has gone away and it's 90 degrees again after nice days of being cooler.

I still want soup. And my fluffy robe. *pouts stubbornly*

Hope you feel better soon, Random! I'm a lousy sickee myself. Glad you're back, loved what your grandfather said. Kudos to you and your wife for enjoying the same kind of devotion. :-)

Posted by: Amber at October 12, 2004 06:15 PM

I love soup. Check out my recipe category for several that I've put up. Good stuff.

OT: the Jamboree is on!

Posted by: Ted at October 12, 2004 09:27 PM

I'm stuck between two worlds... when I have a rush at work, I don't even have a second to think that I'm sick, but then again when it's the weekend and I have nothing to do... I start my laziness processes: watching DVDs, reading Harry Potter and other non-brain-demanding-literature pieces, blogging almost non-stop, sending SMSes to everyone I know in Canada, China, Europe and the rest of the world and being miserable...

I'm sick now... can you see? I was in a rush at work and didn't realise it untiul yesterday lunch time, when I had curry beef. It killed my throat. I almost cried in the restaurant...

That's basically why I don't understand why you put a chilly pepper in there...

Posted by: Philippe Roy at October 12, 2004 10:44 PM

What madness has descended upon you? The only soup for the sick is chicken...it's your heritage for crying out loud.

Oh the shame.

Posted by: Simon at October 13, 2004 04:45 AM
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