Something Out of Nothing

Sometimes…it works.

You remember to set up the coffee the night before, so in the morning all you have to do is press a button.

You bought frozen hash browns during the weekend food shop, and feel smugly virtuous as you serve your children something other than cereal on a school morning.

You remember what day it is and who is going where.  You remembered to write the check, sign the permission slip, sew on the button, buy rinse aid, re-stock toilet paper.

You find a moment to write, to weed, to walk through your gardens.

The laundry is not only folded, but put away.

Things are where they are supposed to be.

You have time.

Your family is relaxed.  Your stomach is calm.

You have game.

It all works.

And from two potatoes, two onions and a bag of frozen corn, you make soup.  You whip up a box of Trader Joe’s Birds’ Nests.  For kicks, you assemble a salsa of halved cherry tomatoes, black beans, cilantro, red onion and more corn.

And everyone eats it.

I love days like these.

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3 comments on “Something Out of Nothing

  1. Holly says:

    Sooooo, that’s soup with your salsa in it? That looks pretty darn good. Did the potatoes become the soup?

  2. Selby says:

    The soup is the basic recipe of 2 potatoes, 2 onions, a couple garlic cloves and vegetable-of-choice (carrots, butternut squash, carrot-parsnip, leek, broccoli, or in this case, a bag of frozen sweet corn). You saute it all in in olive oil, salt pepper, whatever herbs you have handy, add chicken broth to cover and let it simmer about 20 minutes. Then puree it in batches, adding more broth or milk for taste and consistency.

    Unless the corn is really really good and sweet, corn chowder always comes out a little bland, both in looks and taste. This needed something to give it a little umph and so I thought up the salsa-like garnish. I thought it would bomb, actually, but it went over really well.

  3. Holly says:

    Sounds great. I love how easy and delicious soup is. Last night I made a lemon/orzo/spinach/chicken soup that only took about 10mins to throw together. Yum!

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