Wednesday, March 23, 2011
EVEN THE CHRISTMAS CACTUS IS FOOLED!
~Ralph Waldo Emerson~
Woke up to a snowstorm this morning. Even the Christmas cactus thinks it's December again! I have to keep reminding myself this is normal for Michigan in March. I read so many blogs from my southern friends, sometimes I forget that up here March is a winter month. We won't see forsythias or daffodils until the end of May. It's a good day to stay indoors and make a batch of soup.
Waste Not, Want Not Soup
After your meals, instead of scraping your plates into the garbage, scrape them into a stewpot. Yep, everything including the bones, salad, mashed potatoes, etc. Everything, except the pie! I was telling someone about this soup and they said "Ewww! All those germs!" I had to explain to them since, you boil the concoction for 10 minutes it will kill any germs, but I guess there will always be some people that will be squeamish about this recipe. Anyway to continue, along with the scrapings, add the any leftover vegetables, the scrapings from vegetables that were peeled,and the outer tougher skins of the onions that you diced. And the liquid from any canned vegetables that have been drained. You get the picture, anything that might add some food value. Cover this mixture with two inches of water and boil for ten minutes. Cool the broth. Strain and cull any meat scraps and put them in with the liquid. Refrigerate overnight. Remove any fat that has solidified at the top of the broth. I hate greasy soup, don't you?
Now you are ready to make the soup. Take the prepared broth and taste it. What is the dominate flavor? Add vegetables that are compatible with whatever with the flavor of the broth. Tomatoes are nice with beef, I like lima beans with pork. Also add diced celery and carrots. Select a starch; diced potatoes, noodles, or rice. Stir in some spices the last 15 minutes. Sage thyme, paprika and rosemary are good with chicken or pork. Beef is good with Italian or Mexican spices. Add salt and pepper to taste. There! You have a nice soup made from something that might have gone to waste.