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Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Fall Soup Log #1

Autumnal soups are the highlight of my life. It's a time for root vegetables... For external sources of warmth... For the hearty and the easily digestible liquid comestible. I'm not looking nearly so forward to three months of football, television season premiers or beautiful foilage as I am to the culinary joy of soup-making.

Last night I kicked off Fall Soup Season with an easy one. I filled my soup pot with half a cabbage (cut into large chunks,) one cubed rutabega, an onion, half a brick of chunked up tofu, a handful of dried shitaki mushrooms, coriander seeds, curry powder, garlic salt and a few veggie buillon cubes. 16 hours later I had a wonderful steamy treat for lunch (though if I had it to do over again, I'd add some fresh ginger and subtract some of the curry powder.) I think I may run two cups through the blender and mix it back in for added thickness, but overall, a very satisfying start.

During yesterday's shopping run I also picked up several bags of dried beans and lentils, 3 different colorful squashes, ginger root, turnips and tons of bulk spices... All of which should soon end up in my stock pot.



At 9/20/2005 02:16:00 PM, Blogger Ned said...

It's true: soup is good food! I miss fall, it's far too fleeting in Madrid, and none of my jackets get enough wear. It's pretty much: a little chilly for a little bit, Veranillo de San Miguel (i.e., Indian Summer), a little chilly for a little bit, then bloody cold for a long time until spring, when you do it backwards.

As Charlie Brown would say, "Sigh!"

At 9/20/2005 03:11:00 PM, Blogger wheylona said...

Mmmm, soup. Must make some, though I may not be able to make your starter soup; I'll have to go for a straight up carrot, onion, cabbage type veggie soup.

At 9/20/2005 06:49:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ever try cooking soup from a cookbook recipe Johnbai?

At 9/20/2005 08:12:00 PM, Blogger Johnbai3030 said...

Well now that would require reading, now wouldn't it? And we all know how I feel about that! Recipes are for the uncourageous.

At 9/21/2005 06:56:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

With an attitude like that I think we should cook up some soup and have a taste test you silly reactionary non-reader you. Do you have the necessary nerve to take on a "minority?"

At 9/23/2005 06:35:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do minorities only play songs in minor keys?

At 9/24/2005 12:43:00 AM, Blogger Johnbai3030 said...

Well... CLAY,
we could have a cook-off but I think the only true winners would be Emily and Carole (and/or some other lucky judges) who would get to enjoy our fabuloso concoctions.
Besides, you'd probably flavor yours with bacon, which is totally unfair!!! How can I, a humble vegetarian, compete with the flavor of added bacon?!

At 9/24/2005 11:26:00 PM, Blogger diane said...

Why do men have to make everything a flippin' competition? I MAKE THE BEST SOUP, no...I MAKE THE BEST SOUP! (Who's got the biggest penis?)
Grow the fuck up and just eat your soup.

At 9/25/2005 04:20:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Firstly, I resent the "who's got the biggest penis" thing, I'm black; I have that won hands down. Secondly, I won't use bacon to flavor my soup. I propose we do a mini Iron Chef America and both use a secret ingredient in said soup, and even more of a concession on my part I'll cook vegetarian. Lastly I must answer the question posed in an earlier comment that asked, "Do minorities only play songs in minor keys?" No, didn't I just establish who has the bigger penis?

C'mon Diane, boys gotta be boys ya dig? Taking away competitive activities from guys is like stripping a woman of her common sense, it just doesn’t add up.

“We are turning against boys and forgetting a simple truth: that the energy, competitiveness, and corporal daring of normal, decent males is responsible for much of what is right in the world.”

~Christina Hoff Sommers~


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