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I cooked! \o/
In honour of A) feeling lucid and energetic enough to actually cook something while getting over this bout of pneumonia and B) not managing to burn or blow up anything in the process, I present an improvised soup recipe that turned out rather well.


Tomato veggie rice soup.

1 large onion
1 large carrot
1-2 ribs celery
3 or four asparagus spears
margerine or oil to saute
garlic (fresh or dehydrated minced)
a tablespoon of powdered stock or soy sauce
dehydrated red pepper flakes or red pepper
black pepper
(optional: cayenne pepper)
Water
large can of diced tomatoes (or crushed, or stewed, whatever)
1/4 cup uncooked rice (white, wild, whatever)
salt
(Optional: hot peppers - banana peppers, jalapenos)
(Optional: Beans, lentils, other veggies as preferred)
(optional Garnish: Sour cream, cream cheese, plain yogurt or other soft cheese)



Chop vegetables and onion into small (1/3 spoon size) chunks and saute lightly, until onions go translucent. (Save the very tip of the asparagus aside as a garnish, or something, they go really mushy in soup.) Add garlic, pepper, stock powder or soy sauce, pepper flakes, any other spices. Allow bottom of pot to brown a little, but not burn. Add about 1/4 cup water, stir to get the browning to come up into the stock. Add tomatoes plus a can of water. Bring to a boil, add rice. (Add cooked beans or lentils at this stage if you want) Chop hot peppers into tiny bits and add while rice is cooking, if you want to add hot peppers (I load up the hot peppers because they're great for loosening congestion and also I'm insane). Rice will take 10 to 15 minutes to cook, test when time is close. Salt to taste towards end of cooking time.

When serving, a blob of sour cream or cream cheese (like you might do with borscht) makes a nice addition if you do dairy.

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phoenix_rose_up From: phoenix_rose_up Date: March 8th, 2010 04:07 am (UTC) (Link)
that sounds really yummy!

however the only hot peppers i have on hand are scotch bonnetts... now THAT'D be insane ;)

hope it cleaned out your congestion for you!!
caffienekitty From: caffienekitty Date: March 8th, 2010 05:19 am (UTC) (Link)
Jalapenos are my go-to pepper fro darn near everything, and I managed to acquire some. I've never had the opportunity to try some of the less common peppers.
ciaranbochna From: ciaranbochna Date: March 8th, 2010 07:21 am (UTC) (Link)
You are not insane--I think we should cook together sometime, we might be the only two to survive eating it;) Sounds good though, will have to try your recipe. I made hot miso soup this week, tasted really good, and definitely helps the breathing--yay chilli peppers!
caffienekitty From: caffienekitty Date: March 8th, 2010 08:11 am (UTC) (Link)
You are not insane--I think we should cook together sometime, we might be the only two to survive eating it;)

Or making it, considering me cooking usually involves disaster.

Sounds good though, will have to try your recipe. I made hot miso soup this week, tasted really good, and definitely helps the breathing--yay chilli peppers!

I got some wasabi yesterday, I'll have to get more. It was quite effective, but temporary.
ciaranbochna From: ciaranbochna Date: March 9th, 2010 01:11 am (UTC) (Link)
mmm wasabi. Yes, there should be a longer-lasting version of that. And I usually only burn myself once, or twice while cooking--I figure we could survive the experience;)
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