Making It Up As I Go

In my new food endeavors, I have realized that I am not really into recipes. I look for recipes just to give me ideas, and then I basically do my own thing. It is kinda like the Doctor, as he and his friends were confronted with the Weeping Angels, he assured everyone he had a plan. When River inquired as to the details of his plan, he admitted, “Don’t know yet, I haven’t finished talking.” So my plans for cooking basically happen as I am doing it. Things just happen. Anyways…This means I probably won’t post a lot of recipes, as proper recipes, but simply just ideas for meals that are a rough sketch of recipes.

Case in point…

I’ve found it works well to make a huge pot of soup on the weekend, because then I have plenty of meals for my week. Since I’d been eating chili for nearly two weeks, I decided to do something different for this week. This soup turned out to be my “everything” soup. I literally spent 2 hours throwing together everything I could find in my kitchen.

It started with sautéing some garlic and onion in olive oil. After that, I added a little water and veggie broth with carrots and sweet potatoes. As these things cooked, I just continued adding other ingredients. I had a few partial bags of frozen veggies, so I decided to use those up. Since I was cooking chicken for some other meals, I threw some of that in, too. For more protein, I put in a can of kidney beans. As I was going, I made sure to put in plenty of seasonings. Lots of salt, pepper, all-purpose seasoning, and basil. Of course it needed more liquid with all this other stuff, so I added more water, veggie broth, and a bouillon cube.

I was thinking you could also add quinoa, rice, or another grain (or maybe even rice pasta?), but I am trying to limit my intake of carbs, and I’d rather have rice in my stir fry instead of soup, so I left that out.

After it had all been simmering for a while, I decided it was too watery. I like my soup a little bit thick (think stew-like). While I wanted to avoid cornstarch, I read that arrowroot doesn’t hold up well with prolonged heat, so I did add a mixture of cornstarch and water (what is that called? Flurry? Slurry? Anyways…) which helped to thicken it up. So yeah….that’s my soup of the week. It was even good enough to offer to my friend. She said it was excellent! So that’s proof you don’t need a recipe…just an adventurous spirit! : )

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