Thursday, March 1, 2012

An Addiction

I made tomato soup for supper last night. I found the recipe, wrote down what I needed to buy at Publix, and when I got home I had NO IDEA where the recipe was. I looked for HOURS before I finally found it. It is from a book called The Health Promoting Cookbook by Alan Goldhamer. The reason I had such trouble tracking it down was that I was scanning the book using the Kindle app on my laptop. So, having the memory of seeing the recipe on my computer, I figured I'd found it on a web site. But none of the web sites I searched had anything like it. I am losing my mind!

I did not follow the recipe exactly (shocker). I'll copy the recipe as written and then tell you what I changed. The good thing about this dish is that it is pure vegetables -- not a speck of fat, just pure health in every bite. The only bad thing (to me) is that I thought it was bland. The only seasoning is some basil. Bruce loved it just exactly as it was -- he thought the lack of seasoning allowed each vegetable to contribute a subtle flavor. For my bowl I added some salt and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar. I think it would also be good with some hot sauce added. For Bruce's second bowl he shook on some Montreal Steak Seasoning that he has leftover from his meat-eating days. So -- whatever. It was good soup and you can jazz it up as you wish.

Creamy Tomato Soup
---serves 8

4 cups of water or soup stock
5 ribs celery, juiced (1 cup) or 1 cup stock [needless to say, I used five cups of stock for these two items]
3 russet potatoes, peeled and diced
3 Yukon Gold potatoes, diced [I peeled mine -- I just noticed as I typed this that the recipe doesn't call for that - the peel on a Yukon Gold is very thin]
1 sweet potato, peeled and diced
10 tomatoes, pureed
1/2 cup tomato paste
8 mushrooms, cleaned and sliced
1 zucchini, sliced
1 Tbsp. basil
1/2 cup apple juice

In an 8-quart soup pot, bring the water, celery juice or stock, potatoes, tomato puree, and tomato paste to a boil.

Cook until the potatoes are soft (approximately 25 minutes), stirring occasionally.

While the potatoes are cooking, steam-fry the mushrooms, zucchini, and basil in the apple juice until the mushrooms are tender (approximately 10 minutes), stirring occasionally. [This was where I went off the reservation. I was running out of time -- we had to leave for church -- so I just dumped all of these ingredients into the soup pot and let them cook for a little while. Not even 10 minutes, but I figured, hey -- I like gazpacho and that's made with raw ingredients, so even if these don't cook all that long it'll be okay. And it was.]

Add the steamed mixture to the soup pot. Blend the entire soup mix in batches in a food processor until smooth. [Needless to say, I used my VitaMix. This was also why I wasn't all that worried about cooking everything to death. I knew it would be pulverized.]

Return to the soup pot and heat thoroughly before serving.

I don't have a picture and am too lazy to get up and take one (TONS of leftovers). It's not bright red like a typical tomato soup -- all the potatoes make it look more like a creamy tomato soup (hence the title of the recipe, I guess). I served it with my go-to vegan cornbread. The flavor was good, the soup was quite thick, and if I were the sort of person who made things over and over I'd probably make this again. But I'm not, so I probably won't. :)

Tonight I'm making the Mushroom and Spinach Stroganoff that I've made before and that is SO good (since I've made this once before, you KNOW I must really like it to be making it again!). After I bought everything I realized that we've been a bit pasta-heavy around here lately, so I'm going to lay off for a bit. :)

I am thinking of leaving Facebook. Not closing (or "deactivating") my account, just not ever going there. If someone messages me I'll get notified by email, so it's not like I'll disappear into the ether. I'm struggling with this, though.

Here is my current battle (I move from skirmish to skirmish).

When I get up in the morning, I HURT. Not just my knees, but they are the worst. It's very hard to get around and I look like I'm about 110 based on how I move. When I am working, I just keep going because I don't have a choice, and that is actually a good thing. When I'm home, though, I don't want to move because moving hurts, so I sit. At the computer. And since I'm sitting at the computer I look for things to do that don't involve, you know, actually being productive. Because I am lazy.

I used to spend hours (as I've mentioned) on politics. Then I quit that and wasted hours on Castleville. Now that I've quit that I have done a lot more reading, which is fabulous, I'm excited, I'm happy that I'm doing that. But I'm also on Facebook more, just because. It's like a nervous habit, a tic. Nothing's happening, but there I am. I check in compulsively. Wasting time. I have actual work to do PLUS I have a book (books!) to write, but I push it all off.

All that would be bad enough, but I also get into trouble over there. My cousin is ticked off with me as I type because of an Apple/PC argument that I do not give a fig about. I find myself commenting (and arguing) about things (and with people) that DO NOT MATTER A BIT. Yet, there I am, wasting time.

It is really difficult for me to do something part way. I'd like to say, "I'll bop into Facebook for fifteen minutes in the morning and for another fifteen minutes at night," but as long as it exists as a tool of procrastination for me, I'll use it and abuse it. I can't be smart with things like that and at 53 years of age I know it. It's like telling an alcoholic to "drink in moderation." They CAN'T. Well, I cannot use Facebook in moderation and it's time to admit it.


I'm not going to say anything about this on Facebook. If I make a big "I'm leaving" announcement, people will make a big deal about it. If I just stop posting, hardly anyone will notice. Plus -- what if I fail and can't stay away? This is a very possible scenario. I tend to fail, fail, fail, fail, fail...and then finally succeed. This may not work the first time. (Or get the drift.) I don't mind whining and showing how pathetic I am over here on my blog. I just don't want to do it in a status sound bite over there.

So -- right this minute I have Facebook CLOSED on my screen. A rare event. Let's see if I can keep it closed. And get some work done.

More later...

[Edit -- The best-laid plans! I just got a Facebook message from someone asking if he had made me angry and apologizing if he had. SO -- I had to go onto Facebook and tell him that, no, he didn't even come CLOSE to making me angry. I answered him and closed Facebook again, though. There may be a "tidying up of loose ends" process here!]

1 comment:

  1. I just returned home from a funeral of a 17 year old boy who died of an overdose. The message that was given at the funeral was this: "Don't pick it up if you can't put it down". I think that is what you are talking about to a lesser degree. We can all learn from that. We are all guilty of it to some extent. The main thing is that we admit it and then try to do something about it.