Updated: Jun 29
Today shop as though it's your last meal what would you choose. What ingredients will render your divine dish? These are questions I ask myself as I glide through the aisle and try not to touch what may have been contaminated. I bring my pre-made spray with me gloves if I have them and a mask. Always a mask. I have made a few out of old cotton shirts and some old cotton t-shirt material. Silk and cashmere also are great if it's a bit chilly in the morning. Having a choice has made leaving the indoors more interesting.
As I grab a clean bag to head out I take a minute to appreciate the garden I have had the joy to create. The colors help to ground me as I start out on the stressful journey to the grocery store. Depending on my mood I will go to the less busy of the choices. I think about making something soul satisfying. I think of recipes from one of my favorite cookbooks. I am in the mood for caramelized onions. So, something complimentary to my hose wonderfully versatile vegetables. Onion, (Allium cepa), herbaceous biennial plant in theamaryllis family (Amaryllidaceae), grown for its edible bulb. I grab about 6 large onions with the greens still attached. I already have bay leaves for the broth. I don't use plastic bags at the store I instead opt for sans bag. I like to leave the grocery looking like a I left the farmers market. There are some nice pre-made stocks if you are not feeling like much prep time for your soup. I prefer to take it slow and structure my soup to the days tastes.
A vegetable soup in the fashion of a classic onion soup is call my name. After you arrive home you can wash and peel the onions. Some home made bread with some hearty oats and barley to compliment. I prefer to use vegetable bases for my soups to encourage high variety in nutrients. I bake the onions at 425 cut in half and drizzle with a fun oil. Sometimes avocado oil is nice and light. A dash of salt and pepper for a gentle flavor release. Let roast about 15-30 mins depending on your oven.. Check in 10 min increments.
Take a blender after onions cool, mix in your broth of choice and puree the onions. Place back in a pot and and in a soup pot. Here you can add your bay leaf and herbs. I let it sit on the stove for at least 2 hours to create a strong rich mixture. When its to your liking take it off and pour in a bowl you can sip from comfortably. Find a space that is warm and a nice book to enjoy your soup. Taking time to make a ceremony out of your meals can make even the simplest of ingredients come to life. Sit, sip, and consume a good book is my advice at this unusual time.
I love a life whose plot is simple,
And does not thicken with every pimple,
A soul so sound no sickly conscience binds it,
That makes the universe no worse than 't finds it.
I love an earnest soul,
Whose mighty joy and sorrow
Are not drowned in a bowl,
(From the poem Conscience)