There are those nights when you have recently done a little bit of refrigerator Darwinism, and well, the larder is a little bit bare of staples. When the stuff you can make easily is all used up. Maybe you are broke (hello!) and trying to stave off grocery shopping for just a few more days. Fortunately, there are usually some odds and ends left in the cupboard that you can add up for some value of soup – whether it is beans, split peas, vegetables… or our favorite standby, Cheese and Weasel Meat.*
This might have been the result of one of those nights. The potatoes had gone bad. All I had was a small assortment of orange vegetables, two green apples, a couple of onions, half a head of garlic and some stuff in cans. The youngest was in the grips of a norovirus, and I was in the grips of ennui, while the eldest was in the grips of a fierce hunger. Also, did I mention totally broke? So no pizza delivery, no take out, plus it’s the worst storm in a long time, so nobody wants to go driving. Hrm. To the internet! An amalgam of several internet recipes was made, and It Was Good.
Take one small onion, dice well.
Chop one clove of garlic.
Saute in a little butter and olive oil
Add to that, one yam, cut up very small, and two small carrots, also cut up fairly small.
Throw in a can or two of butternut squash puree.
Cut up one Granny Smith apple.
Let that all cook for just a bit, then throw some vegetable stock or water into the pot so that it is covered but not super liquidy. You want this to be somewhat thicker than thin. Let it come to a boil and then simmer until everything is done and falling apart**. You can, at this point, do the food processor thing if you want a very creamy soup. You can add a little milk or cream or half and half – whatever, if you want it dairy-creamy. Also, a handful of brown sugar at this stage is nice as well. I recommend using either curry spices, Chinese five spice or pumpkin pie spices or a little nutmeg. I used Five Spice, and it was excellent. If you omit the milk and the butter and just saute in olive oil, hey, it’s pareve. But I really think the butter adds something. Dairy is a good thing.
Yeah, I know, it’s totally simple and weird, but it tasted SO GOOD.
*When this used to happen and Mr. B&B was still living with us, the children would ask him what was for dinner and he’d stare at the interior of the fridge for a second, look bleak and answer, “Cheese and weasel meat.” and then he’d usually come up with something like, tacos. It is now a family tradition.
**If you have a gas stove, this is where you don’t want to get distracted by the internet and leave a tuxedo cat in the kitchen because you might then see a tuxedo cat come streaking OUT of the kitchen, smoking. I’m just saying.