How to Deal with Random Root Vegetables, method 2

March 11, 2010 § 3 Comments

This post is in honor of my dear, dear friend Marit who is currently working in Cameroon where, apparently, they have a lot of root vegetables to eat.

Method 2??!!  You exclaim.  But, there was never a method 1!  True, but only sort of.  I consider my soup strategy to be a method of dealing with random root vegetables and therefore have moved to regard it as such and make this into method 2.  All in favor?…  Motion sustained.  Now, moving on.  The gradual appearance of buds on the pussy willows tells me that spring is tiptoeing in.  However, at least in the Boston area any new little vegetable shoots know enough to keep their heads down for a while longer, and we’re not getting spring vegetables unless they’re shipped in from a distance. (Anyone noticed yet that I’m quite obsessed with the weather and the seasons?  I think it’s a northerner thing – all the Norwegians and Minnesotans I know are similarly obsessed.)  I imagine that when people grew most of their own food, and local food was simply the way of life, rather than an environmental/foodie movement, this time of year in Northern climates offered some of the most frustrating eating.  The days are growing longer and warmer; the hope of new growth is in the air; but nothing is growing yet so we’re scraping the bottoms of our barrels and grubbing the root cellars to find the last of the storage vegetables to cook up.

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Kitchen Sink Soup (Basic soup steps)

March 1, 2010 § 1 Comment

“If you cannot think of anything appropriate to say you will please restrict your remarks to the weather.”

Sage advice from Mrs. Dashwood (in the movie version of Sense and Sensibility).  But what if I can’t think of anything appropriate to say about the weather?  And I can’t really think about anything else because the weather is so ridiculously godawful it’s like it’s jumping up and down yelling “look at me, I’m gross and depressing!  Hey, you, yeah you, look at me, I’m gross and depressing!”  We haven’t even been getting the snow that the rest of the East coast has been blessed with (I’m Minnesotan, I luuuuuv snow).  Nope, we’re getting this very slightly frozen version of rain.  It’s raining unflavored slushies!  I’m considering investing in an ark.

There’s really nothing for it in this sort of weather.  The only thing to do is to bake bread (mmm, challah – I think Joel may have decided he wants it to keep raining) and eat soup.  Maybe the weather has actually been sending me a sign because it’s soup making time anyway.  Whenever I find myself with a backlog of root vegetables – which tends to happen at this time of year because I can’t seem to eat them at the same pace that my farm share sends them to me – I go on a peeling, chopping, simmering, soup making rampage!  It’s one of the very most efficient ways to use up ginormous quantities of random vegetables.  I’m willing to throw pretty much anything but the kitchen sink into a pot of soup and see how it’ll come out. « Read the rest of this entry »

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