Peasant’s Soup to push the Bad Vibes away!

Dear readers, listeners and fellow bloggers:

Good afternoon. After that disgraceful experience we had with a WordPress representative last Saturday, we have been assailed by bad vibes that impeded us, not only to write, but to cook also. We remember that our grandmother Yolanda Garbarino, la Nonna, always had the same advice.

If you had a problem at work or school, prepare a soup and you will find a good solution to them.

If you had a quarrel with your wife or husband, prepare a soup and you will make amends quickly.

If you cannot stand your children or grandchildren, prepare a soup and your patience will replenish.

If you cannot bear the standardized imbecility of social media, prepare a soup and you will survive it.

So we followed our ancestral Italian heritage and we prepared this totally vegetarian soup (you already know why there is not any kind of meat, don’t you) with sweet potatoes, carrots, peas, corn on the cob and a very nutritious pasta called orzo. A peasant’s soup coming from Antiquity. Altri tempi.

Coincidentally our son Gian Luca showed up from a weekend trip right at the very moment when we had served this dish.  “A soup? What a great idea, Dad” he said to us. Guess who had it first?

We must remember who we are fighting for in this cruel world of ours every single day of our lives.

In order to push back from the mandarins’ belief that we’re only small potatoes, we used larger ones.

Avanti bersaglieri che la vittoria e nostra!

Stay distant. Stay safe. Stay beautiful.

What do you think? Please tell us.

Don’t leave me alone.

A good soup is the best remedy against bugs

Dear readers and fellow bloggers:

Good morning. Thank you very much for all the expressions of sympathy and encouragement we have received in the past few days, including a very nice message form Ms. Sarah, one of the Happiness Engineers at WordPress. Slowly, yet steadily, we are recovering our lost mental and physical strength as a consequence of a febrile-articular syndrome after receiving the two dosages of the Pfizer-BioNtech vaccine. However, we are still praising the medical, psychological and social advantages of vaccinating against the lethal SARS-C0V-2 virus. If our children would not have gotten us the appointment in Jackson South Hospital, we could not have survived a random infection with it.

When we were kids, both our “French” and “Italian” grandmothers (they were both born in Uruguay but faithfully followed the cultural guidelines of their country of ancestry) would invariably prepare a good soup to fix an ailment. Had a fever, get a soup. Had a toothache, get a soup. Had sadness, get a soup, etc. We were literally over-souped. Therefore, following family traditions, we prepared this soup with plenty of potatoes, veggies and arborio rice. Voilà!

We have fixed a serving of our concoction. Just by being surrounded by its bewitching aroma, we are feeling better.

Please join us at our humble table for this time-tested remedy against all bugs and plenty of conversation. Enjoy it!

Stay distant. Stay safe. Stay beautiful.

What do you think? Please tell us.

Don’t leave me alone.

 

A hearty peasant’s soup for the vaccine’s hangover

Dear readers and fellow bloggers:

Good morning. As we told you in our previous article, after the injection of the second dosage of the providential Pfizer-BioNtech vaccine last Monday, we have had a febrile-articular syndrome. which, thank God Almighty, has developed with less dramatic symptoms and progressively winding down after only four days of the event itself. In order to speed up the recovery, we just prepared a hearty peasant’s soup with plenty of veggies and chicken.

First we prepared a vegetable broth with the addition of a pinch of salt, oregano, garlic powder, black pepper, sweet paprika and, last but not least, the critically important moringa.  We sliced potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots, corn on the cob and chunks of previously grilled chicken; we added peas, broccoli and a moderate amount of arborio rice.

Of course we did not forget to plant a whole little bar of cinnamon, which will add a touch of feminine sweetness.

Your bowl of fuming peasant’s soup is served. Please join us at our humble table for a nice meal and spicy chit chat.

Buon appetito!

Stay distant. Stay safe. Stay beautiful.

What do you think? Please tell us.

Don’t leave me alone.

 

A little peasant’s soup for the colder, humid weather

Dear readers and fellow bloggers:

Good afternoon. Today the weather has changed dramatically in our usually sunny, hot and humid South Florida. It is still as intolerably humid as always but the temperature is dropping and the sun sets much earlier, especially after the recent change due to the Daylight Savings Time. To cheer us up, we decided to prepare a hearty peasant’s soup, just like our dear ancestors have done since Ancient Times in the fields they have so laboriously toiled in the Old and New Worlds.

We fixed it with cut potatoes, sweet potatoes, broccoli, peas, corn and angel hair pasta. No meat. As a little concession to modern decadence, we dropped a dollop of parmesan cheese on top.

How does it look? We did not use any animal protein, in keeping with the tradition of our forebears who were “mezzadri” in the fertile fields of Campania and Piemonte, or “bergerons” in the mighty mountains of the Basque country. Even though it might seem a “disadvantage”, in fact it is not. Our grandmother Yolanda told us that they could not afford to buy any meat, except on big celebrations like Christmas. However, the fact that they kept a largely vegetarian diet made them strong and healthy while the absentee landlords who splurged on animal fat and proteins were the ones succumbing to the ravages of Cardiovascular Disease at an earlier age.

Your plate of deliciously healthy soup is served. Please join us at out humble yet cozy table.

Buon apetitto! Bon apétit! Buen apetito!

Stay distant. Stay safe. Stay beautiful.

What do you think? Please tell us.

Don’t leave me alone.

A hearty soup is the best defense against body invaders

Dear friends and fellow bloggers:

Good morning. On our family table (especially on the Italian branch) a dish of soup was always present, usually for consumption at the end of the meal for digestion purposes. When our grandmother or mother laid it on the table, we judiciously picked up the spoon and started eating it in silence. No complaints. No controversies. No fuzz.

We all grew up healthily and are now very grateful for the healthy eating habits that they instilled in all of us. We just prepared this peasant’s soup of casarecce pasta ( a smaller version of the fucilli) potatoes, veggies and corn.  As  a permissive allowance to our decadent spirits, we dropped a dollop of Parmesan cheese on top of it to jazz it all up.

A nutritious soup is the best culinary defense against any of the foreign invaders that threaten our bodies. As a physician we know that , besides the critically important drugs and procedures that Modern Medicine has to offer, a good diet is still of paramount importance to help the convalescence of sick patients and to ward off infections.

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.