I've made quite a lot of soup over the past couple of weeks - 2 batches of pea soup for the Chief, 1 batch of an "Italian-inspired" veggie soup into which I like to dump a bag or 2 of frozen salad shrimp, and a couple of batches of the veggie-beef soup that's oh, so good made w/ oxtails instead of stew beef. This time, because I didn't have any of the cabbage the recipe calls for, I substituted a bag of frozen chopped spinach. I've been making this soup and improvising on it for years & years; I can't believe I never thought to dump spinach in it until now. You can't really taste it, but I rather like seeing all those bits of spinach swimming around in it. (I'm a spinach fan; what can I say?)
Oh, and I can't forget the awesome batch of pumpkin soup I threw together a couple of weeks ago for an ailing neighbor, and just "happened" to make so much that there was plenty for me, too. (The Chief isn't a fan so I had it all to myself.) It was definitely one of my better batches; not only was it nice & thick, but the last-minute decision to throw in 1 tsp of cumin was a very good one.
Still to be made: my nephew's boeuf bourguignon, now that I have a dutch oven to make it in.
Monday, March 11, 2013
Wednesday, March 06, 2013
I first discovered Pride & Prejudice on a high school summer reading list and have revisited it repeatedly. I've read the other extant Austen novels, of course, but P&P remains my favorite, with Emma in second place. I've read several of the take-offs (the novels about other characters, about Elizabeth & Darcy's children, etc.) and while I don't consider myself a full-fledged "Janehead" or "Janeite", I have been enjoying the articles about Jane & her works. Here's a good one: http://www.thesmartset.com/article/article12211202.aspx