Cooking with bassets #SOL15

28 Mar

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 “It is a truth universally acknowledged,

that a single cook in possession of a good recipe,

must be in want of a basset hound.”

In an effort to pursue my goal of having healthy lunches on hand, I went to the kitchen to make soup. The cook in The Tale of Despereaux  says “And when times are terrible soup is the answer.” She also goes on the say, ” There ain’t no point in making soup unless others eat it. Soup needs another mouth to taste it another heart to be warmed by it.” Kate DiCamillo, you are a poet.

And so, I found myself in the kitchen yesterday morning with a helper. Notice the active stance I had to take. There was no moving Fiona, who was hoping for some droppage. Here’s what she wanted.

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Yes, carrots and parsnips. As a kid, parsnips horrified me. As an adult, I find them delectable. I like them roasted and they make fabulous soup. Today’s soup was carrot parsnip. I started with a pot full of vegetable stock.

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Added the chopped carrots and parsnips, along with some salt and pepper.

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Brought it all to a boil, then let it simmer for about half an hour. At they point i took it off the heat and let it cool a bit before using the immersion blender. And voilà!

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Several lunches for the freezer. I did take a little taste and it is quite delicious. Take that high cholesterol and blood sugar!

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8 Responses to “Cooking with bassets #SOL15”

  1. 3011mileswestofvt March 28, 2015 at 5:18 am #

    This post makes me laugh. We have three corgis. Our cooking life is much the same as they are ever optimists for rare occurrences of “food from the sky”. As they insist on going with us whenever Herb or I walk to another room, I sometimes feel like that last scene from The Mary Tyler Moore show, where the group hug of Mary and Grant and her coworkers shuffles as one to get the box of kleenex. Love your dog stories. Enjoy the lovely soup in the company of long stubby-legged dogs. We are kindred spirits here.

  2. arjeha March 28, 2015 at 6:47 am #

    Cooking is always better with help. We don’t get that kind of help. Our cats, Ned in particular. wants his food first before we even get a pot out. He is extremely self-centered. Your soup looks delicious. I have never had that combination.

    • Adrienne March 28, 2015 at 7:00 am #

      This is a new soup to me. I’ve made other soups with parsnips, but never this one. Time will tell if it is a keeper or not.

  3. jodimahoney March 28, 2015 at 7:05 am #

    Good for you! Cooking is always more fun with a friend – even a furry one! Love this.

  4. keitheduardo March 28, 2015 at 7:32 am #

    Is the soup really that easy?

    • Adrienne March 28, 2015 at 7:38 am #

      es. It is not fancy, but it is tasty. I have also made a really easy cauliflower soup. Just broth, cauliflower and fennel seeds. It is delicious.

  5. elsie March 28, 2015 at 7:45 am #

    The question remains, did Fiona find some droppage? Or did you give her a lick of some of that soup? I hope she did get some, after all she did keep you company. Our basset was not interested in carrots. She chewed, then spit them out.

  6. mrssurridge March 28, 2015 at 8:13 pm #

    Cooking with friends is just more fun…it adds love to the pot. When I was growing up I thought soup all came in a can. When I made my first soup is when I truly fell in love with “having soup for dinner” or lunch, or even breakfast. I’ve rarely met a (homemade) soup that I didn’t love.

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