Alphabet Soup... "souper season."
Oct. 27, 2011 9:10 pm
Updated: Oct. 30, 2011 11:16 am
Earlier today, I stopped in to say hi, and to let you all know that I'm embarking on a "series" of recipes, all of which will be soup! Today, I began my "alphabet" with the letter A... and made Autumn Soup. Next will be Borsch(t) - not sure what that
difference is, but I'll attempt to find out!
My A recipe, I found in one of my cookbooks, 1000 Italian recipes, and thought that it sounded interesting... I must admit, that I had a few misgivings per the final prep of this soup, but once it was made, I tossed all aside, and followed the directions.
I found this dish to be quite interesting flavor wise. The hint of curry powder (I have "mild" as we're both WIMPS,) really does give it a unique taste, but then perhaps it overpowers the flavors of the veggies... Should you want to try it... here is the
1 onion, finely chopped
2 Tbls butter
2 courgettes (zuchinni) chopped
1 yellow bell pepper, chopped
2 lg carrots, chopped
2 1/4 C chicken stock
1 "scant" cup red lentils
1/2 tsp curry powder
1 C. heavy cream
salt/pepper to taste
Cook onion in butter over med. heat until soft and golden. Add remaining veg's and "cook for 8 mins." (thought is was funny they stressed EIGHT mins.!) stirring constantly. Pour in the chicken stock and lentils. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, simmer covered
for 30 mins. (My lentils were still "crunchy.") Allow mix to cool some, and puree until smooth. Return to the saucepan, add the cream and seasonings. Heat through, but do not boil.
I deviated from this in one way only... I had "lentils" on hand... kinda brown in color... could it really make a difference? It certainly had an interesting flavor... but don't know if I'll make it again, then, it does cover all the basic food groups, and
didn't taste or look nasty! I guess I was simply expecting more flavors of the individual veggies... but once pureed, I should have known better!
BTW, the "Italian" name for this is Zuppa d'Autunno, but I felt as my book is written in English, and the translation begins with "A" it could well count for my theme!
Tomorrow, I'll probably be back babbling all kinds of nonsense, but within the next week, it's time for a "B" soup! Wonder if, by time I'm done with this, J will have learned to "enjoy" a bowl of soup?!!
Meantime, whilst in the crazykitchen, I threw together a double batch of "basic roll dough," and made a pan of cinnamon rolls, and another of parker house style... Pretty sad looking each, but I'm in hopes that they taste great... what with my luck with bread
of late! Think I'd be happier with fewer but larger rolls... but then, if they taste ok, who cares? I have been advised that "bread flour" makes a difference, but as I've never bought, and have on hand all purpous, that's what I used. My only "oops" is
that I crossed two rec's and forgot to put the egg in the mix... but then the other didn't call for one... so till we "taste test" I guess I'll not know! Perhaps there's hope for me yet, when it comes to bread!
So, be well friends, be happy, and be crazy! It's time of year for SOUP!