Initially I was going to call this post Vegetable Soup versus Vegetable Soup, because that is basically what it is ummm technically. So let me begin with the story behind this post. This week at the job I happen to be having one of those conversations about changing diet, eating more vegetables and I love the fact that this time of year being fall/winter, it’s technically soup season. Overhearing my conversation up pops this bright-eyed lass saying
Hey it’s funny you should mention that, I have a great Vegetable soup recipe which I was going to try out tonight, I could bring you some for lunch tomorrow, if you’d like.
My first thoughts were:
hmmmmm how do you know it’s “great“, if you are now going to TRY IT OUT?
Normally I don’t really like eating from anyone like that, some people don’t exactly have great kitchen hygiene or cooking skills for that matter, but I figured what the hell, it’s a free lunch, hopefully the young lady has both proper kitchen hygiene and skills, whats the worst that could happen, I either throw up or get the bubbly guts right? So the next day my co-worker shows up with two containers of soup, a small “sample size” one and a larger container for later, if I liked the soup, I thought;
awwww how nice and generous of you, hmmmmmm.
Lunch time arrives belly on E, I was in full anticipation of a good meal, hit the cafeteria buss the container and look at this “soup”
Now immediately I think what the hell is this bilge water looking thing? But not to be all ungrateful I decided to give it a chance, warm it up, sit down, dip my spoon into this concoction put spoon beyond lips into mouth and nothing, zero rass taste, it was as bland as an empty white wall 12 x 12 room, just disgustingly tasteless. But I decided to go the Matrix route and eat it anyway, with a heap of ground pepper dashed into it.
if you’ve seen the movie Matrix you’ll get it
Later I was asked how was the soup? I smiled and said nicely, it was umm ok, it needs some work, but you gave it the old college try, thanks for lunch. Somehow I think that will be the last time I’m offered a meal from that coworker but that’s ok, I’m absolutely fine with that.
So that culinary mistake and my love of soup season plus some frigid nights here in the ATL, I decided I’ll cook me up some real vegetable soup with a twist, I don’t have fancy techniques or stick to recipes, I prefer to fling stuff in a pot and see how it goes, it usually turns out on point.
Garlic whole cloves
Pepper ( red, green, yellow)
tsp wet seasoning (mild)
tbsp olive oil
add olive oil to pot, fling in fish (despite this fish will stew down to nothing, I like the few crunchy bits that will come from this process.
Add onions, garlic and peppers. let them cook like bit with the fish.
add vegetable stock, let it come back to a boil, fling in the sweet potatoes and the other vegetables
Bring to boil again, reduce heat and let it simmer down. Finally add Tofu noodles, simmer down some more and voila!!
That last pic was taken after I filled up my bowl for dinner and two for lunch, belly was on E, wasn’t planning to take a pic, purely an after thought. Bajans have a saying:
Soup ain’t real soup unless it got in dumplings
I thought about it, but de pot had no room for nothing else, maybe next time