Thursday, January 7, 2010

CEIMB: Sweet & Spicy Peanut Soup

I'm embarrassed by how long it's been since I've done a Craving Ellie in my Belly recipe cook-along post. I've made some of the recipes in my absence, but have neglected to muster up the energy to blog about them. But this week is hosted by my girl Mary of Popsicles and Sandy Feet, so I had to join in the fun.

Mary picked Sweet & Spicy Peanut Soup, which you can read more about on her blog. It was very easy to make. Only hitch is that there's lots of chopping, as this soup calls for lots of veggies (carrot, onion, sweet potato, red bell) that you cook up with stock and spices and and canned diced tomatos, all of which you then puree, then stir in some peanut butter and honey, and Voila! The actual cook time is quick, so I fell into my usual trap of thinking I'd whip this up for a quick dinner, and then realized I had gobs of chopping to do which slowed me down. I really need to learn to prep in advance for weeknight dinners. But the soup was tasty, and a nice change from the usual creamy pureed veggie soups.

This recipe called for scallion as garnish. I am not much of a garnish kind of gal, I generally can't be bothered and just pass on it. But this time, the first night we had it for dinner, I tossed in the scallion and was so glad I did. It really added some nice bite. We did skip it for the subsequent leftovers lunches and dinners, though. I probably should have chopped up some extra to toss into the leftovers too. Oh well, next time.

Also, there's cayenne pepper in it which made our noses run a lot. So, there's that.

It's nice to be back in the CEIMB groove. I missed you guys.


AppleC said...

Welcome back - and the soup looks great. I thought the green onion really added a lot to the soup as well even though it was only a garnish.

Leslie said...

I've been absent a lot too, but we sure got back in time, huh? This one was delicious. Welcome back!

Anonymous said...

Welcome back. I too needed to go underground as well. I love to cook/bake along but sometimes just can't the energy to blog it. Hopefully this time will be better.

Mary said...

Hooray! I am so glad you cooked along withme this week. I have a fun new craft project that I got for christmas and want to share with is called the Repro Depot Pattern Book..It is wasted on me but I am sure you could borrow it and think of cool projects to make with it.

Me! said...

Sometimes working out a blog post takes so much effort. For me, it's often too much effort. Good luck at getting back to it!

TeaLady said...

This was tasty, wasn't it. Yours looks very good.