Garbage soup

In order to make the most of a budget for all of us seven kids, my mom had to be a creative meal planner.  For example, our Sunday roast turned into lunch meat for the week.  Over the years, I’ve transferred this habit into my own meals.

So, I’m about to go on vacation and I need to make sure that my vegetables are used up before they spoil. Hence, garbage soup. Fortunately for me, I had a couple of tubs of broth in the freezer into which I could throw my vegetables.  In this case, a broth made from a roast chicken I had a couple of months ago, and one from roasted beets, but you can use whichever kind of broth you want, but try something light, such as chicken or vegetable.

  • 8 cups broth (4 chicken, 4 beet)
  • 1 bunch chopped beet greens (include stalks)
  • 1/2 bunch of diced celery
  • 4 small yellow squash, chopped
  • 1 diced garlic clove
  • 1/8 jalapeno pepper, chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup soy milk (regular milk, cream or half-n-half works, too)

Combine all ingredients in pot except for soy milk and salt and pepper.  Bring to a boil, then simmer for 40 minutes until everything is tender. Then, season with salt and pepper and add soy milk and then blend everything with a hand mixer (a blender works fine, too).

It’s a little thin, but if you want to add more depth, try yogurt or creme fraiche, especially if the soup is a little spicy for you.  I ate mine with Naan bread.

Let me know if you try it!



Money can’t buy me love, or health…sort of…

A number of maladies hit my family recently, ranging from the more serious, like a bicycle accident to the more minor, such as an ingrown toenail.  Because of this, I’ve spent time on three separate days this week sitting in hospital rooms waiting for family members. This of course makes me think a lot about my own health.

For the most part, I’m lucky because I don’t have any major health issues that impede the regular activities of my daily life. And even if I’m not employed full-time, I’m currently able to pay for a health plan, albeit a cheap one. If I become sick, I should at least be able to take care of my bills.

But no matter how much money I have, there are some illnesses and injuries that are not treatable.  A good health plan, plus walking the dog, training capoeira, riding a bike, and eating lots of fruits and vegetables all help keep me healthy, but they don’t ensure that I won’t get sick or physically hurt. So, while the next stage of my life gels, I’m taking advantage of the time and health that I have to move, kick, punch, and ride as much as I can.

If you could do some physical activity right now, what would it be?  Golf? Dance? Cat juggle?

The Noble Rot

You can plan all you want, but some things don’t turn out the way you envisioned.  But if you’re already on the path to what you need to be doing, you can adjust and end up with something even better than expected.  Just like edelfaule, otherwise known as “noble rot.”

For those not familiar with the term, noble rot is what happens when grapes become infected with a fungus called botrytis that can potentially destroy crops, but under the right conditions and care can create a concentrated and sweet wine. Many may know these wines under its French name of Sauternes (or Tokaji as my dear sister-in-law knows it).

And so the name for the blog–sometimes what I write is noble, sometimes it’s rot, other times, both. So many factors figure into what I produce in addition to how the audience wants to perceive it. Like wine, it often comes down to personal taste. And of course, the German name is a nod to my family’s roots.

Obviously, I’m still trying to master blogging (yes, hello 2000). Like always, I am a late bloomer. Sometimes it’s better to keep those grapes on the vine just a little longer.