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Rambling

Upside down on the clover.

If someone is able to show me that what I think or do is not right, I will happily change, for I seek the truth, by which no one was ever truly harmed. It is the person who continues in his self-deception and ignorance who is harmed.

~ Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

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If we were having coffee: This week on the ranch

Rust and spokes.

The possession of knowledge does not kill the sense of wonder and mystery. There is always more mystery.

~ Anais Nin

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Settling in for a little while

Poppies.

I believe there is something of the divine mystery in everything that exists. We can see it sparkle in a sunflower or a poppy. We sense more of the unfathomable mystery in a butterfly that flutters from a twig–or in a goldfish swimming in a bowl. But we are closest to God in our own soul. Only there can we become one with the greatest mystery of life. In truth, at very rare moments we can experience that we ourselves are that divine mystery.

~ Jostein Gaarder, Sophie’s World

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Souper Sunday

A garnished bowl of chili.

Next to jazz music, there is nothing that lifts the spirit and strengthens the soul more than a good bowl of chili.

~ Harry James

This week’s soup is not a soup at all, but a chili.  I figure since restaurants get away with slipping chili into the soup categories on their menus, I can get away with slipping a chili into my Souper Sundays.  The original purpose of my soup challenge was to make something different, but some days I crave an old (or in this case, fairly recent) standby and this chili is my go-to for warmth and comfort.  I actually made this earlier in the week when it was quite cold outside.

This is a vegan chili although you could, if you wanted, add cheese and sour cream (or crema) for garnishes.  M and I like ours garnished with avocado, green onions, and cilantro that I’ve mixed with some lime juice.  It adds a nice, fresh, pop of color and flavor to the dish.

This chili was ready for a close-up.

There are a variety of recipes for this chili.  My favorite is this one, but I do change one thing.  I use chipotle peppers in adobo sauce instead of ground chipotle powder.  I’ve heard that some adobo sauces use a meat stock (chicken, usually), but the one I buy does not and is therefore vegetarian/vegan.  When I cut up the chipotle peppers, I remove most of the seeds.  I leave some for the heat/spice.  It’s a difficult balancing act because some chipotle peppers are hotter than others, in my experience.  The more seeds you put in the chili, the hotter the chili will be.  I also add some of the adobo sauce because it adds even more smokey flavor to the chili.  If you can find them, fire roasted tomatoes also add more smokey flavor.

Thanks for stopping by for another Souper Sunday.  If you decide to cook up some of this chili, please let me know what you think of it and/or any variations you try.

Be good, be kind, be loving.  Just Be.  🙂

A few of the 10,000 reasons to be happy:  151)  Weekend beach time.  152)  Foggy mornings.  153)  The sound of the Laughing Gulls in the farm field next door.  154)  Sleeping in on a Sunday.  155)  Listening to New Orleans jazz music while typing up my Souper Sunday post.

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Souper Sunday

Creamy cauliflower soup

Cauliflower is nothing but a cabbage with a college education.

~ Mark Twain

This week’s soup was a very simple soup to prepare.  You take one head of cauliflower (I used an orange or “cheddar” cauliflower), cut it into florets, and drop the florets into 2 cups of chicken or vegetable broth.  Add one roughly chopped onion and three tablespoons of walnut pieces (or you can wait until the cauliflower is cooked before adding the walnuts; I prefer to cook the nuts because it’s easier on my gut).  Bring to a boil, then lower the heat and let it simmer for 15-20 minutes, until the cauliflower is cooked.  Add two cups of half & half or milk, and salt and pepper to taste.  Using an immersion blender, puree it until it is smooth and creamy, reheat, and when it is nice and hot, serve the soup with a sprinkling of paprika.  You can also garnish it with toasted walnuts.

I would like to try this again using coconut milk and Thai curry paste.  I think the flavor combinations would work well.  Out of curiosity, I just went in search of a Thai cauliflower soup recipe and found this: Curried Cauliflower Soup.  It sounds so yummy that it might be next Sunday’s soup.

I’m sorry I missed our coffee chat yesterday.  It was a busy, busy day.  Maybe we’ll meander tomorrow.  In the meantime, thank you for stopping by for Souper Sunday.  I hope all is well with you.

Be good, be kind, be loving.  Just Be.  🙂

A few of the 10,000 reasons to be happy:  146)  The master bathroom renovation is finished!!  147)  Creamy soups.  148)  Bubble baths (which can now be taken in the new tub!).  149)  Words of wisdom.  150)  A quiet, relaxed and relaxing, Sunday.

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Souper Sunday and more

Shrimp & andouille gumbo.

Gumbo, of all other products of the New Orleans cuisine, represents a most distinctive type of the evolution of good cookery under the hands of the famous Creole Cuisinieres of old new Orleans.

~ from The Picayune’s Creole Cook Book, 1901

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