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Thursday, November 25, 2010

Leek and Potato Soup for One?

(If a waiter said this to me while putting soup in front of me I would punch him in the balls. Which: fair enough.)

Vancouver weather is like a bad relationship: you know you need to get away from it, but it fulfills certain needs. In this case, Vancouver TEASES me with good weather/behavior - like the fluffy, gorgeous snow I woke up to this morning - but ultimately it lets me down and tells me it's bad for me, namely, warming up and returning to the usual rain/wrist-slashing weather. I know Vancouver will do this, but I keep coming back. Am I just lazy, not willing to find another city in which the weather is more life-affirming? Or am I stuck in the cycle of abuse? I just don't know any more.

So, in an effort to warm myself up and tell myself it's not so bad (because really I'm stuck here in for at least the immediate future), I decided to make soup for one. There is a myth about soup from scratch: that it's a huge, unwieldy process that takes 3 hours, a huge pot and leftovers for weeks. Wrong. Some people do this, but I do not, for a few reasons: 1. Because I love to cook; 2. Because eating the same thing every night for a week would make me even more depressed than Vancouver weather is already making me; and 3. Because I want to make soup for one, okay?

You will need:

- 1 russet potato
- 2 leeks
- 2 cubes of vegetable stock
- 4.5 cups of water
- 1/2 white onion
- 4 cloves garlic
- 1 small bunch parsley, to taste
- salt and pepper to taste

Combine water, vegetable stock and potato (chopped into small cubes) in a pot and boil for 15-20 mins. In a pan, sautee lightly the garlic, onion and leeks (all chopped fine). I use olive oil for this, but any oil you have handy will do. Once the potatoes are soft, add the leek mixture and parsley, reduce for 20 mins. Serve and enjoy.

I made this recipe up, and I have to say it worked really well. I enjoyed it and so did Stella (who stole a chunk of potato right out of the bowl).

I have a photo but it looks exactly like my photo of the salsa verde, plus it's in the same fucking pot I always use and the reason for this is simple, because I only have one fucking pot and one fucking pan. I realize this is pathetic, but I'm on a budget, okay? Fuck.

So now I'm depressed all over again but, I have soup. So yay.


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