|Piping hot and ready to enjoy!|
|Ok, I kinda got carried away!|
My latest cooking adventures have included making a carrot ginger soup from a recipe in my Vitamix cook book. It is the first more challenging thing I've made in my Vitamix. Aside from this all I've made to date has been my hummus, which I've done successfully twice now and which I love. Anyway, back to the carrot ginger soup. It turned out to be absolutely fantastic although I didn't follow the recipe. So many of the Vitamix recipes I'd glanced through had simply given an list of ingredients and told you to put the ingredients into the blender in order and then turn on the machine, so that's what I did (sort of). I put in my 4 carrots halved, my 1/4 onion, my 4 garlic cloves (and at this point I was apparently supposed to stop and run the machine, then take the those items out and put them in a pan with oil and brown/cook them for a bit, I don't really remember, but I didn't do that as I didn't see that, I just continued with my list, but did somehow skip over the tablespoon of oil), 1 tablespoon ginger (I just broke off a nice looking piece from my "hand" of ginger), a 1/4 teaspoon of salt (I used the cool sea salt my friend Paula gave me for my birthday), and 2 cups of vegetable broth. Then I went back to the directions, saw my error, but figured I'd gone too far to go back, so I just turned on the Vitamix. It took longer to blend, no doubt because the carrots were so big, but it did eventually blend completely and then I was to blend until steam came out the top vents, 3-5 minutes. I really didn't believe that the blades were turning so fast that it would make hot soup but I did as I was told. Was I surprised to find that the Vitamix does really make hot food. I had a bowl of my carrot ginger soup so pipping hot that I had to be careful not to burn my tongue and there is enough for today's lunch as well. And it was fantastically tasty, in my opinion, so I think in future I'll make it the same way, but with the carrots cut into chunks rather than just halved. It was quite magnificent and felt to me like a real accomplishment. I know it was easy, but it was all fresh ingredients (well except for the vegetable broth which I poured from a container), and it was the first time ever for me to use real ginger, so I was quite proud of myself.
|Turned out just fine!|
Then for dinner I made another of my so-called stir frys and I've included a photo of that. It was really amusing because I started with one size pan and then had to go to a larger one and even then the lid didn't fit until it had cooked down a bit. Again, I've ended up with two dinners worth which is just fine with me. I did my usual emptying of the fridge with kale, celery, cabbage (I did restrain myself by using only 1/2 the head), the rest of the tofu left from my carrot ginger soup, and mushrooms with some assorted seasonings and it came out just fine. I do have to work more on the seasoning angle, as it wasn't really exciting, but it wasn't just bland either, so I'm getting there.