Carrot and Celery Soup; Squishy things in the dark; Weekly Menu

Carrot Celery Soup

You're watching the telly… or a movie….Carrot_celery_soup

You, the viewer, know that the brutal, rapist/serial killer is sitting on the living room sofa holding a long, razor-sharp knife… Waiting patiently.

It's late; a dark, moonless night.

The woman comes home, unlocks the door and walks into her house.  She puts her keys down, hangs up her coat and wanders into the kitchen.  She tosses her phone onto the counter, opens the fridge and pours a glass of wine.  She slowly walks toward the predator.

All without turning on a single light.

Don't you just want to scream: TURN ON THE DAMN LIGHT!!!!

Don't you think: How can anyone be so stupid; so oblivious.

Now, think….

How often do you do that yourself?

I do it all the time.  I never turn the lights on.  I'm always wandering around in the dark.

Last night, as usual, the little German bitch (as in female dog)  wanted to go outside around 3am.  She's a bit incontinent, so I'd rather let her out than mop the floor.

As usual, I wandered sleepily through the dark house to the front door, without turning on any lights.

Not as usual, I stepped on something….

Something big…. And squishy….

The weather has been getting a bit warmer, here.  Spring is coming.

With the spring come all the creepy, crawly, slithery denizens of the night that have been tucked away for the winter.

We're new here.  We've not yet been introduced to the variety of critters that were in the past, and may still be, co-inhabitants of this house.

Fortunately, because this is still a 'construction site' I had slipped some shoes on.

But 'squishy' is something one senses more than feels.

I paused in the dark, debating.

Should I turn the light onto find out what it is/was?  And possibly give myself nightmares for weeks to come?

Did I kill it?  Damage it?  Squish (shudder!!!) it?

Or should I just convince myself (I can be very gullible when necessary) that it was, say, the broom, and go back to bed.

I let the dog back in….

And turned on the light….

There was nothing there.

Nothing.

That, of course, presents a whole new set of thoughts for my imagination.

I didn't sleep well the rest of the night.

Actually, I'm a little uncomfortable just typing this….

Maybe some hot soup would sooth my nerves.

Thinking spring usually makes me also start thinking light.

Carrot and Celery Soup

Carrot and Celery Soup
This is a simple, healthy, low calorie soup that is packed with flavor, perfect for a light first course.

2 large carrots
2 large ribs celery
1/2 onion
1 1/2 cups (12oz, 375ml) beef stock
1 tbs parsley
black pepper to finish

Roughly chop the onion, carrot and celery. Put vegetables in a medium saucepan. Add the stock, bring to a boil over medium heat. Cover, reduce heat and simmer until vegetables are tender, about 15 minutes.
Purée in a blender or use an immersion blender. Ladle into soup plates, sprinkle with parsley, a bit of pepper and serve.

In addition to the above, for the week of March 27 we have Artichokes with Yogurt Dip, Salmon with Capers, Chicken Breasts Stuffed with Spinach and Prosciutto, Spinach Salad with Ham, Avocado and Pasta….

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13 thoughts on “Carrot and Celery Soup; Squishy things in the dark; Weekly Menu”

  1. Things that go squish in the night. Shudder. I picture one of those plastic jelly critters, but that would have still been there in the light (and you would have known that you possessed such a thing). Then I pictured a big frog. Don’t know that it’s the right season for that, yet, and hopefully one won’t find its way into your house! Ugh! Either be happy you didn’t kill something, or pretend it was something totally benign.
    An addition of nutmeg or mace to a carrot soup can be a nice touch.

  2. Btw, the new feature of previous articles with a relationship to the current one is a really classy addition. Either helps to refresh the addled brain that almost remembers a similar recipe, or it exposes a whole new recipe that might either better fit the mood at the moment or include more ingredients currently on hand. Or, sometimes, just bring back memories of an old fun story.

  3. EWWWWW! It wasn’t even still stuck to your shoe?! That can only mean it’s rallying the troops and plotting it’s revenge. 😀

  4. I’m up for soup any time of the year, but it’s especially nice to see a “light” soup around this time. Tho, one look out my kitchen window where I am currently seeing falling snow, makes me re-think the “light”, and has me hungry for something rib-sticking!
    As for the “squish”, around our place it usually means one of the cats has coughed up a hairball. Or worse.

  5. Oh dear…….Not even on the bottom of your shoe? Ick! Soup…yes, that was a brilliant antidote to squish. I love the simplicity of this one. I’m definitely going to be making it.

  6. Lovely light soup – I need to add some lighter ones to my repertoire now that spring is springing.
    I plan on showing up for the Chicken Breasts Stuffed with Spinach and Prosciutto night. I don’t mind sleeping with the dogs – but I will be keeping one eye open for the maimed squishy thing..
    (Reminds me of John Irving, “It made the sound of something trying not to make a sound..:)

  7. Azurienne, I don’t want to picture anything… Or see it. I’ll be oblivious! – and thanks!
    WJ, I know…. I’m having nightmares… and daymares
    Zoomie, thank god!
    Tanna, that’s why I can’t go to scary movies – way to vivid of an imagination!
    Cindy, if I had a cat, I’d have a solution!
    Jann, don’t want to know.
    Toni, that’s what worries me – see MJ’s comment
    Natashya, light is good this time of year… so are lights!

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