I like soup.
I like soups and stews and gravy and foods with lots of sauce.
Mon mari likes grilled meat, potatoes or rice with butter and steamed vegetables.
I’m changing him, slowly…..
In the meantime I take advantage of being on my own by making a big pot of my favorite soup, whatever that happens to be at the time…. Usually it involves cleaning out the fridge.
Lest you live in the balmy Midwestern US and are wondering why I’m thinking soup:
This was the view from my window this morning.
For the record, we don’t get snow; and if we do it’s a ‘light dusting’ that is gone by noon.
Does this look like a light dusting to you?
More like 4″ (10cm) of ‘partly cloudy’.
When I opened the door this morning to let them out, they each put a tentative paw in the snow, then jumped and started backing across the room. A firm knee under the tail encouraged them to take the plunge. After a few minutes of pussy-footing around they finally decided snow was fun.
Lots and lots of fun.
They’ve been hell-on-paws all day.
As to the soup, snow-y winter days require soup.
Here are a few of my favorites, and, from a serious soup lover, recommendations are not to be taken lightly….
Onion Soup (of course it’s French)
When I lived in the US I would get beef short ribs to make the stock for beef-based soups.
I didn’t want to bother….
Sometimes, I just want to cook and eat, the easy way.
Sometimes, I need to clean out the fridge.
This is what went into MY soup.
16oz (500gr) ground beef
1 onion, chopped
2 ribs celery, chopped
2 carrots, chopped
8oz (250gr) green beans, cut into small lengths
1/3 Savoy cabbage, roughly chopped
1 cup chickpeas
2 cups (15oz, 450gr) chopped red tomatoes (from my freezer)
2 cups (15oz, 450gr) chopped yellow tomatoes (from my freezer)
1 cup quick-cooking barley
4 – 5 cups water
2 – 3 tbs beef stock paste or powder or (in my case) little pot of beef stock concentrate
1 tbs olive oil
Heat the oil in a soup pot. Add the beef and brown, breaking it up. As you chop the vegetables, add them to the pot. When the beef is brown and onions tender. add the remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer until vegetables are tender.
See how easy soup is?
Start to finish, this took 45 minutes…. and fed me, very happily, for almost a week.