Monday, February 13, 2012
Everything but the Kitchen Sink Soup!
I'm in the home stretch of trying to get my home ready for a house guest, and cleaning out the fridge is topping my list. A few months ago I joined a CSA (community supported agriculture) and have been buying a small box of locally grown organic produce, more about that another time. The point is that I've been getting produce I would not normally buy and I'm learning a big lesson about waste, again, more about that another time.
There's nothing a smoked piece of meat can't make taste delicious! Along with my pressure cooker I cooked up a batch of smoked turkey, chicken and bean soup with everything else I had in my kitchen, but the kitchen sink! See if you can identify all of the veggies, there are nine (well actually eight, but two different parts of the same veg).
I haven't pre soaked my beans in forever, basically since I did some pressure cooker recipes for Tim Ferriss, trying to get into his new book (4 Hour Chef), none of which made the cut, but I believe that's only because Tim didn't let me teach him! lol. Anyway, all of the recipes I adapted for the smaller 4 qt PC, as time needed to be taken into consideration, and although I used my new 6qt this morning, I used two methods I learned from the prior experience, #1 I used dry, unsoaked beans, #2 I cut my smoked meat into thirds to cook faster. The whole process took around 1/2 hour-45 minutes. I also cleaned out all the veg and chicken bone scraps in the freezer and used my 10qt to make them into stock. I've got another batch of soup to make (chicken lentil and mushroom) but I ran out of celery.
I skipped 6:00am yoga for a later class, still a ton of things to get done today....so glad I cleaned out and got rid of so much crap already! It's 7:30am and I've got to leave in 1 hour....can I get the fridge done in 1 hour? Yikes!
PS You know a soup is good when you can eat it cold! I think I ate near another whole bowl waiting for my dinner portion to heat up!
Veggie list, from bottom to top. Jalapeno, yellow onion, leeks, celery romanesco, Brussels, outer leaves and stems (the rest was used for salad), celery root (top left), carrot (top right). I also used white beans and pintos, chicken thighs and 1 lg smoked turkey leg.