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Monday, November 23, 2009

Sunday Vegetable Soup

sunday is my favorite day of the week. nevermind that it's the day before Monday, the normal start of a work week. i use this day to start my week. typically, i get myself situated, kitchen stocked for the week and catching up with onDemand shows that i may have missed. it's actually a rather action packed day considering it's supposed to be a day of rest.

some sunday ago i made a trek to a phamily friend's house. H and her hubs R had baby O in june and tho i happened to be in the same hospital the day he was born and i snuck a peak at him, then seeing him briefly again a week later {i hold the distinct title of first and possibly only asian to have held him} i didn't see him again over the summer. that had to be remedied. anyone who knows me knows that i adore holding babies. plus, i had a fear that he was growing up entirely too fast and i needed to hold him again before he could run away from me. H hosted a mini gathering and bless her heart, did not require me to cook anything. sure she wanted to talk food and menu but really, i just showed up with a loaf of rosemary challah (2 hours late, let's just say any night out in dc causes for a painful sunday morning, favorite day be damned), she handed me Baby O and i was in heaven.

lunch turned into quite the food fest, H and R went all balls to the wall. grilled veggies, lemon-herb chicken and oh my, veggie soup. i dub it sunday vegetable soup because it holds all the flavors and essence of a favorite day of the week: warm and hearty, filling and satisfying, but easy to assemble, perfect to tuck into with friends around a crowded dining room table on an autumn sunday.

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Sunday Vegetable Soup
from H. she made this soup, with me underfoot holding baby O. i just showed up to chow.
there are no measurements, the way a perfect soup should be anyway, it's all about taste.

onions, celery and carrots, diced same size
chopped caulifower, small florets
Imagine Morrocan Chick-pea bisque
+ water to thin out just a bit
can of diced tomatoes (you can use fresh if you want)
chopped kale
corn, canned or fresh
cumin, red pepper flakes and coriander to taste

the following is the recipe in H's words.

- saute onions, carrots, celery and some red pepper flakes if you like spicy
- add chopped cauliflower (you want really small florets) and saute another few minutes
-add the stock which is the "Imagine" brand (whole foods sells it and other places I think) box soups- style is "Morrocan Chick-pea bisque) and I also add some water to thin out the stock. cook until carrots and cauliflower are soft. at some point in this process (like 15 minutes after the stock, add a can or two of dices tomatoes cook a little longer.
-Add chopped Kale- or some other green leefy veg.- let it wilt.
-About 10 minutes before serving, add either a can or fresh corn.
-Also, season with lots of cumin and some coriander. No need to salt.

today's song: Greg Laswell, What a Day

5 comments:

  1. Oh Lan,
    This is so perfect, a perfect soup to go along w/the story of holding baby O. Both giving you a warm and soothing feeling.
    Cheers

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  2. It looks lovely - perfect for winter weather!

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  3. we have the same favorite day, although saturday is starting to whoop sunday's patoot because i see aaron more often at the weeks end rather than the beginning.

    i agree with david, love the similarity of a heart warming soup with the warmth and love of a baby. there's nothing like it.
    <3

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  4. david, you are so right! it was just an all around perfect day.

    quasi, oh it was. altho, i enjoy soup on hot summer days too...

    jen, there is just something so great about sundays but i can see how saturday would be your new fave day if one of your favorite people can join in too. :)

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  5. david, you are so right! it was just an all around perfect day.

    quasi, oh it was. altho, i enjoy soup on hot summer days too...

    jen, there is just something so great about sundays but i can see how saturday would be your new fave day if one of your favorite people can join in too. :)

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