Friday, December 5, 2008

Making soup

Irish stew: awesome

On Sunday I made a chicken and vegetable stew with a friend. We wanted to make something but weren't sure what, so we just cut up some carrots, celery, and potatoes (we were out of onions, sadly) and threw them into a crock pot with two still frozen chicken breasts. We added some water to cover, a few grinds of pepper and some salt, and then just turned it on and left it. The following morning she added some cabbage. Then, on Monday night, we had a vegetable stew. It was a kind of bland, but some Italian seasoning and a little more salt and pepper and it was delicious.

It got me thinking how easy some meals are but I still never make them. I always have some reason why I can't: "I don't have the right vegetables," "I don't have the any chicken broth/stock," "I don't have anything to cook it in."

Crock pots are just great

After last Sunday I decided those excuses aren't going to work any more. I went to the grocery store and bought both beef and chicken stock. At Walmart I looked at the crock pots -- only $30 for a rather nice one -- but decided I'd wait and check Bed, Bath & Beyond first. I haven't been in there for quite awhile and I have several 20% off coupons I need to use. Using one of them on a crock pot seems fitting. The only issue is that my setting foot inside Bed, Bath & Beyond sets off my culinary tendencies and I become engrossed in the various cutlery and gagetry they offer. Much of the bed and bath parts of the store don't interest me; while I enjoy purchasing new bedsheets and shower heads when necessary, I don't do so for entertainment or in my leisure time. Quality knives, cutting boards, cheese graters, and food processors on the other hand thrill me. The food possibilities they unleash sends adrenaline through me more powerful than roller coasters -- Wild Thing at Valley Fair being an exception. It has an initial drop of 200 feet and my butt leaves the chair during the fall so I'm quite literally freefalling with barely a bar (no seat belt or shoulder harness) holding me in an uncovered cart; it's a powerful combination of mortal fear and exhilaration.

Putting away groceries

I wish I had a larger kitchen. I currently live in a small townhome with a kitchen smaller than most hallways. While I don't require a large area for preparing or cooking food, storing pots, pans, and the food itself becomes problematic. Every time I go grocery shopping or buy a new culinary tool I'm thankful my parents let me play Tetris as a child. I don't think I'd be able to make everything fit without years of honing those skills. What this means is that by purchasing a new 5 quart crock pot, I need to find a place to put it. Hopefully I'll be able to find such a place. I really want to start making soups and stews.


nae4blue said...

I love soup. I love tetris. I never realized my ability to store things related to my ability to play tetris til this blog. I love shopping for kitchenware, too.

There was a cookbook at Barnes & Noble that I really wanted entitled soup. until I find the bit of scratch paper I wrote the isbn on, you're out of luck, but it's an amazing book and if I don't own it soon, I'll scream.

Dan W. and I researched vietnamese pho once. On my own whim. We actually had a book in the store that had information on it.

nae4blue said...

ps, is there ever something you know you can find in the store exactly, but you're not there to get at it?

drives me nuts.

Tim said...

I should get a soup book at B&N. And a slow cooker book.

And yes, I've had that happen. I've looked for books in other B&N's and been unable to find them when I know the exact shelf and placement of it in the Fargo store. It's kind of annoying.