Makin’ another pot of soup, as is evident by the bloodshot, teary eyes I’m sporting above. Stupid onions get me every time, but I still love throwing them in a pot with some garlic and olive oil and then making things up as I go along. Especially on a day like today, which feels more like Seattle than Northern California.
Today’s special is kind of a clean-out-the produce-bin concoction. I had some chard, carrots, onion, mushrooms, celery, garlic, and potatoes. I’m cooking them in veggie broth with various herbs and then I’m throwing in some cooked barley to give it a little heft. We’ll see how it turns out. It certainly smells promising, and it packs the typical eye-burning onion-and-garlic hit that has me opening all the windows for the first half-hour of cooking.
I’m not sure when this soup will actually be consumed, since the father of our new grandchild has graciously donated a big ol’ pile of beef ribs for Brad to cook tonight. I’ll be abstaining, since I’m still sticking to my meatless regime, but ribs are a good excuse to eat some deliciously decadent side like macaroni & cheese. At any rate, my favorite thing about making these big batches of soup and chili and stuff is that I can freeze meal-sized containers of them for later.
By my mention of mac & cheese you can tell I’m not doing the vegan thing so far. Kind of tossing the idea around and experimenting with it a little bit (hemp milk tastes funny, rice milk looks really watery but doesn’t taste as watery as it looks, and almond milk is my favorite non-dairy milk so far), but not sure how far I want to go or exactly how principled I want to commit to being.
Has anyone reading this ever thought of cutting certain items out of their diet for reasons other than weight loss or allergies? I’d be interested to hear your thoughts and (if you actually did make the change) what the reactions were of the people around you. Nobody has given me much trouble yet about going vegetarian, but I’ve been keeping a pretty low profile. I’m sure the first backyard barbecue I attend this spring will be the true test.