It seems I’ve been making a lot of soups lately. Which I am totally ok with. Neil’s been out a lot in the evenings recently and when I am on my own at home for dinner, I’m pretty lazy and usually just have cereal or toast. In the bitter cold winter days we’ve been experiencing lately though, cereal just doesn’t cut it and soup has been my “go-to” in the evenings with a piece of toast and butter. Not fancy but comforting and healthy. So this week’s French Fridays with Dorie recipe (Cheating on Winter Pea Soup, p 59) was actually a perfect one, given our weather and my solo dining situation of late…
Except, you know, when you are all geared up to make a recipe and realise you don’t have the major ingredient in your house. And it’s too darned cold to head out to pick it up. No matter, the main ingredient being frozen peas, I simply used frozen edamame which I pretty much always have on hand – useful to throw in a stir fry or a soup and packs a little more protein punch than frozen peas.
This soup is a simple one – onions, lettuce, broth (I used chicken stock) and peas (or edamame). Served with a dollop pf plain Greek yoghurt, some spring onions and and some crumbled bacon bits, it was a nice change and made me realise that hey, you can pretty much use anything in a soup. I’ve never thought about using lettuce before but since making this soup have used it twice to avoid throwing out a lettuce too wilty for a salad but not bad enough to compost. Genius!
Using edamme rather than peas meant the soup’s flavour was probably not as “spring-like” (or “cheating on winter”) as it should have been but it was definitely tasty.
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