Monday, February 08, 2010

The Week of Love: Day 1, The Recipe Edition.

If you recall my new year's resolution was to love more and better. Since this is the week before Valentine's day (and my previous valentine's day tradition involved going to the movies alone - usually to some really couple-y movie...) and all, I thought I'd share some things with you that I love. I can only hope you'll reciprocate the love.

I was reading my last few posts on decoybetty.com and I realised how often I talk about food. Seriously, I've never really considered how into food I am. I was e-mailing with my bloggy friend, Susan, about how cooking and baking makes me feel in control of all the things that I can't control. I can't control whether I get job tomorrow or next month. But I can control the peanut butter cookies or lemon slice I made over the weekend. This baking and cooking stint I've been on works well because Inspector Climate likes leftovers and cookies and lemon slice and I like to make them. Success!

Anydoodle, I thought I'd share two of my favourite recipes with you.

I wish I could give credit to the author of these recipes - however, I don't know who they are! So thank my sister-in-law for the first one.

One of Each Soup:

Ingredients:

1 potato chopped into chunks.
1 medium sized onion chopped.
1/2 of a bunch of celery chopped.
1 apple chopped.
1 firm ripe banana chopped.
1 pint of the stock of your choice (my choice is vegetable...)
1 cup heavy cream.
1 T of butter.
1 T curry powder.
1 t salt (I probably don't use that much - because I'm scared of salt).
1 T fresh herbs of your choice (parsley, chives, cilantro are the ones I'd recommend).

Directions:

Sweat onion in butter until translucent. Add the rest of the ingredients excluding the herbs and the cream. If the veggies/fruit are not all covered by liquid add water until they are. Cook at a simmer until all the veggies are tender. Add the cream. Blend 2/3 of the soup (or if you're me an scared of chunks of banana - all of it) in the blender. Add herbs adjust seasoning if necessary and serve.

I'd suggest serving it with cheese toast (gluten free toast. Eeek!). It's a yummy soup that cleans out the fridge. Win win!

The first time I made this soup, I was living in Colorado and totally skeptical about this whole putting banana in soup. I dislike bananas. It's the texture. I do not like it. But the soup was so-oh good. It goes down easy and it's super easy to make! And most importantly it doesn't have the texture of bananas, thank Moses.

For dessert I'd suggest Basil and Peaches. Yeah, that's right!

Cut 4 peaches in half and de-pit them.

Mix together: 3 T of softened butter, 3 T of brown sugar, 2 t of chopped basil, 1 pinch of cinnamon, 1 pinch of salt (or none if you're like me and have a strange and unwarranted salt phobia).

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (or 190 degrees C).

In a baking dish, place the peaches pitted side up - and fill each peach cavity with the butter/sugar mixture. I suggest smearing the excess over the the peach.

Bake for twenty minutes.

Serve with icecream or Greek yogurt. Yummers.

What recipes do you love?

8 comments:

  1. Well. It's clearly not peach season so I'll wait to try the dessert but that soup! And oh how I love soups! It's on my list for immediately if not sooner. Yum! Thanks for sharing.

    (Also? Might steal this theme for the week. Good idea!)

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  2. Don't worry about the no job situation. The Wombat doesn't have a job. And she loves it!!!

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  3. Stop by my place before 6pm tomorrow, you'll find I've already reciprocated the love.

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  4. Banana? In soup? That sounds so wrong but I'm going to give it a go...on your say-so

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  5. I'm affraid of banana chunks in a soup too but this does sound good.

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  6. I can't wait to try the soup--thanks for sharing! I love making soup, but I mostly love eating soup, and I especially love things with weird ingredients.

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  7. Ev Rev - Of course you steal the theme! Tell me how the soup goes :)

    Wombat Sushi - Hi! I am glad you're enjoying your unemployed status, good for you!

    Matthew - oooh, requited love! How exciting!

    Selina - I know, I know. But trust me it's good it adds a bit of sweetness which counteracts the curry!

    linlah - I promise; it's delish!

    Tina - Your welcome! Tell me how it goes!

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  8. That recipe sounds pretty good.

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