Monday, January 23, 2012
Week 3: Soup
With the mirepoix, potatoes and salami ready and "happy" I tossed in a bunch of standard beef stock. With the stock in place I gave it a few minutes to come up to a nice bubbling simmer before adding in my choice of beans. I'm a big fan of red kidney beans (in this case pre-cooked and canned, just for simplicity) and cannelloni beans for their texture and flavor. The all important seasonings came next. I added some minced garlic, salt, pepper, bay leaves (make sure to count), a bunch of parsley and some basil to the brew. With everything prepared I left the mix to simmer for about an hour. I realize this is far more than is needed, but I like to give everything some time to really meld.
After an hour of gaming, I headed back into the kitchen to put the final touches and twists on my soup. First I tossed in some diced tomatoes. They add a bit more colour and flavor that is difficult to get anywhere else, but they can become a bit gross if left to stew for too long. I also tossed in some fresh spinach. Yup, spinach. I like the extra flavor and earthiness it can add, as well as the obvious health benefits. Plus it cooks down a lot and melds perfectly with the soup.
Next week I'm going to tackle pan-frying, although I think I'm going to keep that one simple and go with one of my more standard meals. Now its time to head back to the ever-present Starcraft II and the lovely Day9