For an unknown reason that I am still trying to figure out, I decided to play Julia Child and prepare my version of different recipes and make soup. Using my fairly new Android 6 cell phone, I said, “Tomato and Beef Soup.” Thereby I sentenced myself to an entire afternoon of washing, peeling, cutting, sautéing, and performing other little tricks in my kitchen.
Armed with a shopping list, I gathered my little harvest of spices, herbs, veggies, etc. and repaired to my kitchen. I selected only veggies that I liked–no broccoli for me, thanks. Then I organized my tools, bowls, knives, one giant pot, and a medium fry pan and got going.
Each recipe called for different herbs and spices. TIME OUT. USING MY ANDROID, I INVESTIGATED THE WORLD OF HERBS AND SPICES. Do you know the difference between an herb and a spice? I do now. Also do you know that some herbs only hit the pot about twenty minutes before the dish is finished. This helpful information took about 40 minutes or so to get and to apply.
Thus I began my creative cooking of soup event. Knives sharp, cutting board at the ready, I began chopping. And I chopped some more. Then I realized I forgot one vital ingredient…carrots. Off to the store I went again. Big carrots or baby peeled carrots? Baby peeled, of course. Chopping is not my sport of choice.
How much bouillon? Big pot, throw in the whole carton. Done. How many tomatoes? As many as I had. Good. Use small yellow onion, and many red. Done. (I sautéed them first along with 2 lbs. of good red meat cut into hunks.) What fun is this? My floor, good grief. Very sticky in some places. Onion peels, tomato seeds, smears of this and that and bouquet garni all over the place.
Looking at my clothes, I wondered, “Why would anyone in their right mind choose white to wear in the kitchen?” For me, I think a hazmat suit would be more appropriate.
No string beans? Do I really need them? No string beans. Done deal. Time for herbs and spices. Use rule of “eye to pot.” In using herbs and spices, it really is anyone’s guess. Some books say more is better (except for red pepper), so I used them freely with no bad effects.
As my soup burbled, I was actually proud of myself. I felt good. Goddess of the kitchen, I think not. I took a break. Then came clean up time. I managed. Floors are made to be washed.
And the end product? Needed salt, but tasty, quite tasty. I have a year to rest…I also have four large containers of soup. So, go play in your kitchen. It could be fun. (You may create the next Twinkie.)
Also, check out The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown, the story of nine rowers and their quest for gold in the 1936 Olympics in Berlin.