Friday, November 20, 2009

Cooking tip

I really like to cook, and I like to add things to my blog, so I have decided to combine the two by adding more things about cooking to it!
Here are some things you should know about my cooking style before you decide if you want to try any recipes I use:

1. I hate most pre-prepared and box foods, and I shun them. (Exceptions: Rhodes rolls because they are tasty and soooo speedy; and Costco's bacon, because I hate cooking bacon.)
2. We try to eat very little salt, so if you like salt you will need to add it yourself.
3. I always make too much. (This used to be an accident, but now I have embraced it.) Probably 70% of our meals incorporate reincarnated left-overs.
4. We are not fans of fish.

So that said, here is recipe number 1:

Leek and Cauliflower (you can use Potato but cauliflower is better for you!) Soup:

2 Leeks chopped, except the nasty bits at the tip
1 Head of Cauliflower chopped into bite sized pieces
1/4 C Butter
3 Cans of chicken broth (or one jar of homemade broth)
1 1/2 C half and half
2 T of Coriander seed. (This is my favorite spice, you can use a different one if you like)
2 T Pepper (I like pepper)

Slice the leeks into thin rounds. Cook with butter until soft, add cauliflower, spices, and chicken broth. Give yourself a pedicure while you let it simmer for 30 minutes or so. (Wash your hands!!!) Add half and half and cook for 2 more minutes before serving.
*Note, this makes a giant pot of soup

*Note Note- If you add a can of clams this would be tasty clam chowder, but clams are too fishy for us.

Bonus Left-over Soup Recipe!

Pumpkin/Squash Bisque

Take leftover soup and put it in the blender with 1 1/2 cups of cooked butternut squash, or pumpkin, or both. Blend it until it is golden and velvety. Heat it up on the stove, (or in the microwave...lazy). And it's done! The end!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Feast or Famine

There! You see! I have been busy! That is why I haven't been posting anything. It was a little bit of a roller coaster looking for a job, but now life is good and normal again. I am happily working as a graphic designer and project manager at Patientdocs, a company that does web design. It is really fun, and really satisfying. I am glad we went to Germany because if we hadn't I would have never switched jobs! (I also would have never experienced "Nougat Bits" which is seriously the best cereal known to man!)