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Winter Stewps!

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Last week, most uncharacteristically for me, I made a carbonnade de boeuf a la flamande. (Beef stew-soup Flemish style with six sweet onions, big chunks of massive carrot, turnip, baby bella mushrooms and a bottle of beer). I "don't eat" beef usually and I "don't drink" beer. But this was delicious, and my recent blood work indicates that I really need to take more seriously the need for iron rich foods (and yup, I get lots of baby kale and veggie iron sources but clearly not enough . . . ). Tucked a couple surplus bowlfuls in the freezer for another go-round later.

This week, the leeks were glorious and inexpensive too. So I bought two huge bunches, that was six giant leeks. When sliced and set to sizzling gently in a little EVOO, they almost filled my massive soup pot! After cooking down the leeks a bit, I added some chicken chunks, chicken broth, grated carrot, cubed potato, white kidney beans, lots of sage, parsley, chili flakes, black pepper, and some Parmesan.

Both of these soups are so dense with veggies they're really more of a stew consistency. Winter stewps!

And just right for the weather: it's cold cold cold here with snow sparkling under a blue sky. (Not enough to ski just yet, however . . . ).

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