Salud Señora Sopa!

“Entre la sopa y el amor, la primera es la mejor.”

Dear readers and fellow bloggers:

Good morning. Today we woke up an irresistible urge to cook and eat (or drink, however you want to call it) a good peasant’s soup full of healthy potatoes, carrots, mushrooms and corn. Therefore we already laid out the battery of necessary ingredients, as you can see below.

As a carbohydrate base, we will use some semolina pasta like the Casarecce (small fucilli) Someone might point out that we are not using any kind of meat, note even some chicken. This has been done on purpose as our impoverished Basque and Italian ancestors were mostly poor field laborers and sheep herdsmen that could only afford it on special occasions like Christmas. Vegetarians by necessity, they always managed to compensate for the lack of animal proteins.

Commenting on our article about a luscious pasta dish with a Bechamel sauce that we posted last Sunday, our dearest friend Chrissie suggested that we should describe the recipe so some enthusiasts might follow our steps (why do women always ask you to work more, never less?) Your wishes are an order for moi, dear Chrissie, so we will post a few pictures of the process.

We will use the condiments pictured above, including the fabulous Moringa powder. which we have written about in a previous Wellness series’ article. In these difficult times, we need all the strength we can muster so we will use the Indian condiment that our dear daughter gave us.

We are going to post the picture first and then some accompanying yada-yada (not too much)

First boil some water in a pot (fill it at half capacity to allow the contents and steam’s expansion)  Drop the cube and start stirring; we always use two cubes to make the broth much stronger.

Stir. Stir. Stir. In order to avoid lumping and to maximize flavor, you got to have a strong biceps.

First drop the cut potatoes as they will take longer to cook. However, you must check that they are only half-cooked before you go the following step. We are not preparing a pureé here. We  recommend an 8-10 minutes cooking time; check the potatoes until you can half-pierce them.

Keep stirring. One, Two. One. Two. Don’t despair. Your family will thank you for the effort. Stir!

Now it’s time for all the veggies. Be careful. Do not cook for more than 5 minutes. Keep stirring.

Now it’s time for the booster that stopped the Macedonian Army of Alexander the Great in its march through Northern India (you didn’t check our article yet?) Put two big spoonfuls aprox.

Finally it’s time for the pasta. If you use a semolina variety, cook for at least 10 more minutes. Now it’s the time to use condiments to flavor the broth. Do not exaggerate with any of them.

After half an hour of toiling at the kitchen, we have our peasant soup. You can add a little dollop of rich parmesan cheese to counter the slight sourness of the Moringa. Voilà! Bon apétit!

 

We hope that our readers, and especially our beloved Chrissie, will be satisfied with this result.

Note. The expression in Castilian language at the top of the page means: “Between soup and love, the first one is the best.”

Stay distant. Stay safe. Stay beautiful.

What do you think? Please tell us.

Don’t leave me alone.

Une belle soupe campagnarde pour épouvanter tous les mauvais esprits

Dear readers and fellow bloggers:

Good afternoon. As if we did not have enough human tragedy and worries in this battered region of  Florida, last night they announced that Isaias, a tropical storm-hurricane category 1 entity, would pass by our shores, with the always present threat of making landfall. Luckily we were spared the worst scenario, but it has been raining since the wee hours with some occasional gales of wind. Only now has the sun timidly appeared. In honor of that deliverance, we did what our ancestors (poor sharecroppers and sheep herdsmen that toiled in the fields of absentee landlords from Paris or Roma) would have certainly done to celebrate with their families and thank God Almighty.

And to scare away the ghosts and maleficent spirits that they felt came out in the storm.  

We prepared a thick soup with plenty of vegetables, some alphabet pasta, potatoes and two scrambled eggs (any kind of meat was an unaffordable luxury for any of them) We could count on all the healthy and well-priced ingredients from “our” Whole Foods.

Soupe campagnarde II

Of course you are all invited to share a healthy bowl with us. Let’s sit at the table now.

Soupe campagnarde I

The only concession to our modernity is that big dollop of Parmesan cheese on top of it.

Bon apétit!

Stay distant. Stay safe. Stay beautiful.

What do you think? Please tell us.

Don’t leave me alone.

Dreaming about a relaxed picnic in the rolling hills of Provence…

Dear readers and fellow bloggers:

Good afternoon. After a few weeks of intense cooking at home (and eating it too) we feel obligated to take a pause for more refreshing and healthier alternatives like salads. After a visit to the great Whole Foods supermarket in Miami, we decided to prepare a stuffed salad, reminiscent of the ones we had duly enjoyed in the rolling hills of Provence. Ah!

Ensalada Provenzal I

We prepared a lettuce, tomato, carrots and onions’ salad with plenty of ricotta cheese, avocado, cashews and walnuts. Deliciously crunchy and also a good tonic for our bodies.

Let us close our eyes and imagine that we are in a relaxed picnic with our dear friends. Dreaming awake is a fundamental step towards a more humane environment for all.

Ensalada Provenzal II

Bon Apétit !

Stay distant. Stay safe. Stay beautiful.