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30
Jun
10

Sulfite Free Cream of Asparagus Soup


Hi.

Would you like to make this?

Cream of Crazy Woman Soup

Fantastic.

Here’s what you  need…

1 bunch of asparagus (2 cups when chopped)

2 tbsp. olive oil

2 tbsp. oat flour

4 cups low salt chicken broth (I made mine from scratch last week.  It’s a PITA aka pain in the ass.  But that’s what you have to do when you suffer from a sulfite allergy.  Let me know if you need help with that.)

2 cups enriched rice milk

3/4 tsp. sea salt

fresh ground black peper

1 tsp. honey

1 more  tbsp. oat flour

chopped fresh parsley

Ok kittens, this is what you do:

Break off tough bottoms of asparagus.  Cut off tips and reserve about 10 for garnish.  Don’t drop them on floor like I did.  (5 second rule.)  Steam stalks until tender.  Put rest of tips in bowl and add remaining asparagus cut into 1/2 inch pieces.  Make a roux by heating the OO in a pot over medium heat.  Add 2 tbsp. oat flour and cook, stirring, about 2 minutes.  Add 2 cups of the chicken broth and cook about 10 minutes, stirring frequently until sauce thickens.  Add remaining chicken broth and rice milk and bring to simmer.  I am going to start typing a-gus because I am lazy.  Add the chopped a-gus and simmer about 10 minutes until very tender.   Now listen very carefully to this next step.  Do NOT do what I did and pour hot soup into a glass blender.  It will blow up and you will have asparagus soup in your mascara.

Take pot off heat and puree the a-gus by ladling it out with some broth into a food processor or blender.  Once pureed return to pot.  Good luck and may the force be with you.

Place back on low heat, add salt, pepper and honey.  Bring to a simmer.

If you would like it a little bit creamier, do the following:

Combine 1 tbsp. oat flour with 1/4 cup of the coup in a little bowl and blend it well.  Add it back into the pot.   Cook  at a slow simmer for about another 10 minutes until soup is creamy.  Remove from heat, stir in parsley, garnish with a-gus tips and have at it, friend!

Let me know how it goes for you…and my new soup motto is It’s better to sip your soup than wear it in your hair.

UPDATE 10:49am August, 4, 2010
This recipe is officially good when you substitute the a-gus with broccoli

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30
Jun
10

Why there is asparagus on my camera.


There is officially something wrong with me in the kitchen.

It’s not funny.  I can’t cook anything.  It’s like a genetic disorder.  I try SO hard.  I really really really concentrate and I lay everything out neatly and I read the recipe, kinda.

I tried to make cream of asparagus soup yesterday for lunch.  I was so hungry, you guys.  And I wanted to make a big batch, some to eat and some to freeze.  I bought this gorgeous asparagus and the Libertville Farmer’s market with the recipe in mind.  But the kids were all up in my get up and the phone kept ringing and and then Thor took them outside for a little bit because he saw that my hair was standing on end.  Alpha had a bunch of buddies over and they were playing a pick-up game of street hockey on the cul-de-sac and the girls were making the neighborhood rounds, so I was ALONE for 5 glorious minutes.

I simmered the soup and it was looking and smelling quite gorgeous.  I was SALAVATING.  I needed to puree it so I put it in the blender.  My new glass blender.  And I pureed it for a minute until it mother truckin BLEW UP

Photographer cried while taking this picture.

Oh wait, here is a burn on my leg.

My legs look fat but their really not that fat. Serious.

PEOPLE.  SULFITE ALLERGY SUFFERERS AND EVERYONE ELSE.  This is not a joke.  I am not trying to be totally sucky at cooking.  I really just really really am very very sucky.

I totally burst out crying.  I burnt my LEG.  I wailed and keened and whispered to myself…”That’s ok.  I’ll just (SOB) BLOG IT!!!! (SOB SOB SOB)”  And I grabbed my camera.  And got asparagus on it.

I was able to scrounge literally one little cup of it.  And I picked the little asparagus tip garish off the floor and rubbed it on my soiled shirt.

For what it’s worth….

cream of crazy woman soup

and I know it looks like ass, but it actually tasted really fricken good.  And it also was seasoned with the salt of my tears. I will post the recipe tomorrow when I have fully recovered my sanity, my patience and my will to live.

The good news is today I made an outstanding mango salsa and no one was burned, no one cried and no one had to throw away any appliances….will post that recipe tomorrow….OLE!!!!

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Heather Moran

Crazed sulfite-free woman.

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