Thursday, August 30, 2007

soup + some knitting

I'm still sick- WAH! It's tiring to be sick, get better only to get sick all over again. Last night we ordered Japanese and I had Udon Noodle Soup with Vegetable Tempura. Tonight, we made this delicious soup so I thought I'd share the recipe. It's from Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone by Deborah Madison which is a wonderful cookbook.

Chard Soup with Sorrel or Lemon (we used lemon)

2 tablespoons butter
1 onion or 2 medium leeks, white parts only, chopped (we used onion but leek would be lovely too)
3 red potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced
1 bunch chard, stems removed, about 10 cups leaves
2 cups sorrel leaves, stems removed, or juice of 1 lemon
Salt and freshly milled pepper
1/3 cup creme fraiche or sour cream (we used creme fraiche)
1/2 cup cooked rice or small toasted croutons (we used medium sized croutons)

Heat the butter in a soup pot over medium-high heat. Add the onion and potatoes and cook, stirring occasionally, until they begin to color, about 8 minutes. Add 1/2 cup water and scrape the bottom of the pot to release the juices that have accumulated. Add the greens and 1 1/2 teaspoons salt. As soon as they wilt down, after 5 minutes or so, add 6 1/2 cups water. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer, partially covered, for 12 to 15 minutes. Puree the soup, then return it to the pot. Taste for salt and season with pepper. If you didn't use sorrel, add the lemon juice. Mix the creme fraiche with some of the soup to smooth it out then swirl it into the soup. Serve with rice or croutons in each bowl.

I've also been knitting away here and there a little and have managed to complete 2 more kerchiefs over the past week. One in this color and the other in sort of an oatmeal color.


melissa said...

that's my favorite cook book! so many good things in it - i especially love the kale and cannelini bean recipe, and the cheese and white wine on toast. i haven't tried the recipe you posted yet though, so i'll have to give it a try on the first cool day we get this year. :)

mushroommeadows said...

I'm so sorry to hear that you're sick! :( the kerchiefs! So adorable. :)

Blair said...

Chard is one of my all-time favorites, it makes me think fondly of fall. Hope you feel better soon.

laura r. said...

summer colds are yuck.
i always crave japanese food when i am sick. especially green tea.
out of all my cookbooks, i use vegetarian cooking for everyone the most.
i love that kerchief photo.

sesti said...

made this soup this weekend - they had only red chard at the store, so it turned out kind of like a pink potato suop - but how delicious! I made it in a crock pot, it turned out great and that way you get a few days worth of soup to eat through the week-