Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Soup's Up

First and foremost, I'd like to apologize to my avid readers for neglecting my blogging duties the past few weeks. I know this must have pained you all horribly. School has just started kicking into gear and I've been a little busy reading textbooks and pretending to do schoolwork.

As many of you are probably aware, Purim is coming up. In preparation for this exciting holiday, I have made a very very very large pot of vegetable soup to be frozen and given out as shaloch manos. Now, before you get your hopes up, let me just say that I will not be giving out very many shaloch manos. In fact, I'll probably only really be giving shaloch manos to my family and my in-laws. However, if on Sunday you feel you would like some soup to contribute to your seudah, call me and let me know and I may be able to bring some over.

Now on to the cooking discussion. I found this recipe a while back while hunting for soup recipes. I was doing so because I have repeatedly decided to start making more soup. I figure if I make a big pot of soup every Sunday, it can be dinner during the week so I don't have to spend so much time cooking every time I want to eat in (as opposed to out at my parents' house.) Because I wasn't really sure how much the recipe yields, I decided to double it to be sure I would have enough for dinner this week AND shaloch manos. Most of the work was, of course, washing, peeling and cutting up veggies, but the rest was just waiting. I have to say that this soup is worth, not just the work and the wait, but also the price. The total for all of the groceries I bought for this soup came to about $30 and I have probably close to 20 servings. It's yummy (though it needed a little salt) and very filling. Find the recipe here: Gourmet Kosher Cooking.com

B'te'avon! :)

Note: I left out the chick peas, because I'm not crazy about chickpeas. If you like them, though, feel free to throw them in. Also, bear in mind that the 20-ish servings mentioned above is after doubling the recipe. I imagine the original recipe would make closer to 10.

Also--this is what's left over for us during the week:

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Pretty, pretty snow...

So, it's been a bit since my last post. Nothing too exciting to report. I'm back from Israel and started classes, which seem like they'll be pretty easy this semester. Of course, today we got 26" of snow, which is pretty sweet. Yaakov and I stayed in and had some cholent (which came out pretty bland this week...) and sat on the couch reading all day. I do love the snow when I have nowhere to go. It's pretty and peaceful. When I was a kid, I used to love to go outside in the snow, lie down and just enjoy the feeling of snowflakes gently falling on my face. Sometimes I feel like I'd love to do that again, but it just isn't as enjoyable these days. Maybe it's because my clothes aren't as waterproof as they used to be...

Anyway, that's really all I've got to say tonight. So...BYE!! :)