i am not really a religious person, but being raised roman-catholic, ash wednesday marks the beginning of lent and i have always followed the rule to not eat meat on that day (plus i don't eat meat on good friday). a meat-less diet is not a sacrifice for me and so i decided to not smoke today. i am not a confirmed smoker, but damn, it hurts to not have my cigarette with my coffee. but you are right, i definitely should skip this nasty habit for good. i smoked my first cigarette when i was 25 - seriously: how stupid do you have to be to make it through your teenage years without a single drag and start in your late 20ies? i have been an occasional smoker for the first few years only smoking on weekends, but somehow i ended up on a pack every day. i quit every once in a while (haven't smoked for 4 month in 2005), but somehow i don't seem to be able to stop at the moment ... i desperately need a challenge to distract me from the nicotine ...
last year i challenged myself during the 40 days of lent to cook a different soup every day. yeah, i failed with flying colours ...
soups have always been a favorite of mine, and while i often cook soups somehow i rarely blog about them. so i will renew my soup vow this year and once again try to cook a different soup every day during lent. i tried some rather interesting recipes last year and most of them really where keepers.
do i think that i am up to the challenge this year?
will i be able to really come up with 40 blog posts of soups?
i don't know yet.
i certainly will try harder this year.
recipe # 1: savoy cabbage and anchovy soup
about 300 g savoy cabbage (one small cabbage)
1 small onion
500 ml water (take vegetable stock if you like)
1 tbsp vegetable oil
2 table spoons of crème fraîche (i prefer lean rama cremefine)
1 tbsp cress
a few anchovis
makes about 750 ml of soup
- cut a savoy cabbage in quarters and remove the stalk
- roughly cut into fairly large stripes (about 3-4 cm)
clean them if necessary (rinsing should be fine)
- dice the onion
- in a pot, heat the oil and stew the onion and the cabbage for a little while
- chop up two or three anchovis and add them to the cabbage
- remove some of the cabbage stripes for garnish and add the water
- bring to a boil, reduce heat and let simmer for about 15 minutes
- mix it all with a hand-held blender until smooth
- fold in crème fraîche
- season to taste with salt, pepper and nutmeg - easy on the salt, the anchovies usually are very salty!
- pour in a soup bowl and garnish with cabbage stripes, cress and another anchovi if you like