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Soup and Crackers

February 23, 2011

Today was a refreshingly great day.  Something that I needed for sure.  Have you ever just felt like you were in a rut?? Well I have been feeling that way as of lately.  So it was nice to have a fabulous day to show you that life can be fabulous!

My new stove is here! Yay!!  It’s still a bit old and ghetto.  But it’s so much better than my previous one.  I love it.  I’ll show you pictures tomorrow. Promise.

I got right to work to test out the new oven!

I’ve been holding onto a bag of garbanzo bean flour for weeks now.  I figured today was a good day to experiment with it!  I decided to make socca crackers [two ways], per Ashley at The Edible Perspective of course.

First up was the cinnamon sugar socca crackers.  Sprinkled wit cinnamon and sugar on top.

Second was cocoa socca crackers.  The batter was spiked with almond extract and laced with cocoa powder!

It’s so simple! You make the batter, spread it onto a sheet pan and bake.  Then cut them into squares, spread them out and bake some more!

Both varieties were pretty good.  The first ones compared to a healthy version of cinnamon toast crunch! It’s awsome!

It looks like a lot of crackers, but trust me they won’t last long at all!

I think I liked the cocoa ones the best.  Not that that should surprise you.  I mean chocolate and almond extract. Yum!!

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It should be noted that I cleaned out my fridge today.  Like legit cleaned it out.  Scrubbed the shelves and drawers, threw out random condiments that have been in there for centuries and organized it.

By doing that, I realized I had a few veggies that were about to be on the fritz. Perfect inspiration for dinner!

Soup!

First I chopped up some onion, garlic and fennel.

I peeled and chunked a potato.

Then I caramelized the fennel, onions and garlic.

Once caramelized I then threw in the asparagus, potatoes, dill, thyme, oregano and hungarian paprika.

I gave the pot a few quick stirs, letting all the ingredients get friendly and meld together.

Usually at this point I would deglaze with some wine.  Unfortunately I was out, so I just used the vegetable broth I had.

I let the soup simmer for a bit with the lid on, until the asparagus and potatoes were cooked.

Then I transferred everything into the VitaMix!

Within maybe 15 seconds of blending, you get this smooth beauty.

I wasn’t eating it right away, so I threw it back in the pot on the stove and warmed it up when I was ready to eat.

Earlier in the day I went to a diner here in town.  I got the club sandwich.  Diner club sandwiches are huge, so I brought half home.  I cut the half in half and served it with my soup for a fabulous dinner!

I garnished the soup with a sprinkle of paprika, a couple fennel fronds and a pinch of truffle salt.

This soup was SO good. I am looking forward to eating leftover of this for the next couple days.

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I can’t stop eating these crackers.  FYI they are fabulous with some drippy nut butter.

I am off to do some dishes, write a prep list and watch the new Top Chef!!!!! Now that Fabio is kicked off, I’m not sure who I am routing for.  I think either Richard or Dale or Antonia.

Anyone else watch Top Chef?? Who do you want to win??

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. February 23, 2011 10:20 pm

    That soup looks awesome! And I’ve been eyeing Ashley’s crackers ever since she made them…yumm

  2. February 23, 2011 11:14 pm

    SO glad you liked them!! 🙂

  3. Andrew permalink
    February 23, 2011 11:57 pm

    Dude, that soup looks sooooooooooooooooo goood. I am gonna fly down and get me some. K thanks.

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