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Thursday, April 2, 2009

homemade vegetable stock

i've been home a full two days. i look in the mirror and i'm a shade darker than i was a week ago. what i've learned from my five days in Puerto Rico:

1. rice and beans: excellent combo
2. piña coladas are really good early in the day, middle of the day and late in the day
3. latin american food is actually friggin good
4. jason can actually sleep without a fan on
5. it's windy as hell by the water
6. purging one's refrigerator prior to a trip will result in not much to eat when one returns

prior to leaving for PR last week, i threw all the veggies i had into a pot, added water and made stock. i wasn't exactly inspired but i didn't want to let them go to waste. i remember that that sunday was a gorgeous day: sunny and breezy, my windows open and i could hear kids playing ball in the street. i had the laundry machine working, cleaning like mad with yiruma on blast. i had thrown thyme in the pot, my favorite herb, and the smell wafting from the kitchen was so homey and earthy. despite being inside, it was a great day.

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unfortunately, i seem to have picked up an annoying habit of not making note of exact measurements and even exact ingredients. just know that you can basically throw ANY random veggies that would hold well into a pot of water, add some herbs and salt. simmer for an hour. strain and you have veggie stock.

what i had:
carrots, washed but not peeled, rough chopped
celery, rough chopped
onion, rough chopped
some leftover thyme
a bay leaf

***i actually sauteed the onions in olive oil and butter for a minute before adding the water and the rest of the veggies. i may have added garlic but i'm not sure.

when the stock cooled, i put in freezer proof containers and threw them in the freezer.


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today's song: Leigh Nash, Nervous in the Light of Dawn

ps. i will post something about my PR trip, over at my kitchen doorknob blog and .: i wonder as i wander :. blog. it'll happen, sooner or later.

pps. i still owe an ethiopian post. it'll happen. eventually. promise.

ppps. i've been lax lately about posting. i'm just inundated right now with ... vball. soccer. kickball. a cooking class. tumblr. twitter. {whispers} twilight. i blame trish.

4 comments:

  1. Or don't strain and you have veggie soup. ;)

    I've been trying to clear out my fridge and just overall reducing waste. So I chopped and added romaine lettuce to soup. Odd, but hey it's all greens, and it worked, sort of.

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  2. i didn't even think about it being veggie soup. excellent idea.
    i have to say i like wilted lettuce. my father used to throw whatever lettuce we had in the fridge into my mi goi whenever he made it for me. to this day, i like having some sort of green leaf in my instant noodles.

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  3. Or don't strain and you have veggie soup. ;)

    I've been trying to clear out my fridge and just overall reducing waste. So I chopped and added romaine lettuce to soup. Odd, but hey it's all greens, and it worked, sort of.

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  4. i didn't even think about it being veggie soup. excellent idea.
    i have to say i like wilted lettuce. my father used to throw whatever lettuce we had in the fridge into my mi goi whenever he made it for me. to this day, i like having some sort of green leaf in my instant noodles.

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