Monday, April 5, 2010

Hot soup on a cold night

Hello, Everyone,
Well, it is cold windy rainy Monday night after a day of off and on wind and  rain. I'm feeling pretty good, having just eaten the last of the chocolate Easter bunnies.  Ears first, of course.

Heather made this hat for a friend, but I tried it on for size.
I like the bobbles.

This afternoon I decided what a rainy day needs is a hot winter soup, never mind that this is supposed to be spring. This turned out great: tasty and warming.

Mission Bay Russian  Soup

In a slow cooker put:
1 big Kielbasa, 1 pound, cut into big chunks
1 quart water
1 bunch green onions or 1 medium onion, chopped coarsely
3 small potatoes. peeled and sliced
1 heart of celery, trimmed and cut into chunks
2 big carrots, sliced
8 oz sliced mushrooms
1 tsp black pepper
1 tablespoon red pepper flakes
1 minced clove of garlic
1/4 tsp thyme
1 tsp oregano
2 bay leaves
salt to taste
Cook 4 hours on low.  Taste and adjust salt (a lot depends on how salty the Kielbasa was, and they vary)  With a potato masher mush up the soup a bit, but do not over mush.  Leave mostly chunks.   The potato will thicken the broth.
In each bowl put a small pat of butter and 1/4 cup of plain yoghurt.  Pour over ladles of hot soup and stir.  Yummy.

Lilo came in out of the rain and wants to play fight with me.  Silly kitty.


mood: just fine, thank you
location: At home in San Diego
Music: Ksds Jazz

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