Friday, January 25, 2013

that reminds me--is pea soup good?

I think it's time for us as a nation to seriously consider deep-sixing the term "baby-wearing," and to force the people who insist on using it to explain themselves every time, until they resign themselves to just say, "I hold my baby a lot."  The practice of baby-wearing is not something I have an opinion on.  If you like it, be my guest.  But you've got to stop with the stupid terminology.  Likewise "attachment parenting."  If you do it it's probably a great idea for your children.  But I'm not going to respect you or your opinions if you imply with your terminology that you are needy and codependent.  When my babies came home from the hospital I gave them a bottle of half cream, half blackstrap molasses and they were on their own from then on.  Are you really going to tell me your way is better? 

We saw an enjoyable Pringles commercial last night.  I think it had something to do with Pringles being full of explosive flavor or something, but the main thing is: stuff was exploding off the grocery store shelves.  It was making a giant mess!  As an American, I like it when things explode, so this commercial really spoke to me.  I'm not more likely to buy Pringles, but I admit that I am more favorably disposed toward the Pringles brand now. 

Last night we had roasted chicken (from the generous people at Appenzell) for dinner, and for some reason I decided that mashed potatoes would be a good idea.  I usually don't care much for mashed potatoes, which is unlike me--you know how I am about porridgey things.  But I'd almost always rather have potatoes cooked any other way than mashed.  I think my uncharacteristic decision was driven by the abundance of delicious pan juices--I just had to make gravy with them, rather than put them into the stock pot with the bones.  With an Appenzell chicken you want to use everything but the squawk.  They are pasture-raised and therefore much more flavorful (and expensive) than a store chicken.  They're worth what they cost, don't get me wrong.  But it would be a lot easier for your typical Mormon to follow the "eat meat sparingly" advice in the Word of Wisdom if we were paying the real cost for it. 

My favorite supper these days is cauliflower soup.  It's so easy and fast, and the taste and texture are sublime.  And you can make it with whatever vegetable you want!  Here's how I make it: 

Cauliflower Soup
(Serves 8ish)

2 heads cauliflower
1 quart chicken stock, more if needed
salt and pepper
1 C grated cheese of your choice (optional--sharp cheddar is a good one)

Clean the cauliflower, cut out the stem, and break it down into large chunks in a large soup pot.  Pour the chicken stock over it, salt it, cover it, and bring it to a boil.  Lower the heat and steam until the cauliflower is tender, 15-20 minutes.  Puree in the pot with an immersion blender, adding more chicken stock if necessary.  If desired, add grated cheese and stir until it is melted--I usually use a variety of whatever I've got in the cheese drawer. Serve with toasted crusty bread. 

It's so easy it can barely even be called a recipe!  I've done this with cauliflower, broccoli, potatoes, with and without cheese.  It's not very different from the way I do winter squash and zucchini.  I'm going to try carrots, parsnips, probably rutabaga and celeriac.  Just fill the pot with the vegetable or vegetable mix of your choice and off you go.  The possibilities are endless! 

By the way, the reason I think my bees are dead is because it's been wickedly, bitterly cold here, and I didn't really think about that or the fact that the bees would be too cold to get to their food until we'd already been in the single digits for a week or more.  Apiarist of the year, coming through! 


Marsha said...

I delight in your blog. Especially, today, the part about cream and blackstrap molasses. That would probably be good for a cold, as well.

All8 said...

I recently read a recipe for using Cauliflower to replace the pasta in Macaroni and Cheese. Don't know how I feel about that. I like my cauliflower roasted, along with the broccoli. Quite tasty, to me and my own.

tipsybaker said...

Yes, the cream and blackstrap molasses line was an all-time classic. Your blog never disappoints.

beckster said...

Your soup recipe sounds like something I should try. I really appreciate simple recipes that are good. As I get older, I find I like simple food more than I did when I was younger, so thanks! I hope you are wrong about your bees. Perhaps nature is smarter than you think, and they have managed to survive.

highdeekay said...

I've done a very similar cauliflower soup. I often add sweet potatoes. So yummy.

I recently bought an immersion blender and it has changed my life!