I love living in Southern California. It’s not too cold, and it’s not too hot. It’s like somewhere that Goldilocks would like to live. We had a little bit of rain last night, and that gives me and excuse to make soup!
I wanted to make a healthy and hardy soup. It’s Friday, and in our house, we don’t eat meat on Fridays. We eat vegetarian or fish. Tonight, we’re going to have our Yoghurt Lentil Soup with Fish and Chips, so we’ll be a little British and a little Armenian. Why not? It’s good for you!
When I was making all the dishes for Thanksgiving today, I got hungry, but there really wasn’t anything in what I was preparing that I could munch on. I looked in the cupboard and saw I had a nice can of tuna in oil. But, I didn’t want a sandwich, because tomorrow I am having The Sandwich, and I’m having stuffing tonight. That’s a lot of bread. However, I also spied a package of corn tortillas in my refrigerator. Mexican sounded like the perfect thing for a Thanksgiving snack.
I am so happy that it is finally getting cooler in Southern California. As a matter of fact, there was thick cloud cover this morning, and I had to wear a sweater. It was a good day for soup.
After making Crab Salad with Thousand Island Dressing, I had a half a package of crab left over. I also had some cream left over from making something else. I knew I needed to use that crab, I needed to use the cream, and I wanted something warm. I have always liked crab bisque, so I decided to make that.
I had this brilliant idea when looking in my pantry and spying a can of Great Northern white beans. I didn’t have that much cream, and I really wanted the soup to be filling. To compensate for not using real crab, or real crab stock, I added a little anchovy paste for flavor. Both additions worked beautifully. Honestly, if you wanted to, you could omit the cream completely, as the beans do a fine job of thickening without all those calories.
Spane comes is and says “What are we having for dinner?” I said “Mussels” Spane looked at my questioningly, and started biting his arm, “That doesn’t taste good, Mom!” I laughed at his antics, and explained I was talking about the mollusk, not parts of our bodies.
My market had a package of pre-cooked mussels when I went shopping, without Spane. Usually, I only want the ones that are in the shell, but they were on sale, so why not? I figured, some butter and garlic would do them well.
The mussels we had are Californian mussels. Mussels are eaten all over the world, and there are about 17 different species of mussels that are edible, and I would eat them all. I love mussels. They can also be found frequently washed up on the beach, but I would not try to eat those – West Coast beaches are notoriously dirty. Mussels are also a favorite of star fish. The star fish wraps itself around the mussel, and pries it open with its suckers. Peach isn’t is cute as she was in Nemo anymore, is she? Find out more about mussels at Wikipedia.
Well, the good folks at Ascencia have asked me to make Mother’s Day breakfast – for 40. Of those 40, there are several mothers, and I’m going to make this breakfast special for them. Of course, I have to have the breakfast ready at 6:00am, and that is going to be eye-opening, to say the least.
Update – Thanks to my friend, Shem of Kobelin by Shem for taking great photos of the food. She even made me look good!
You never know what life is going to give you, and tonight, the very first night of the New Year, I received something that made my heart leap with joy. I got to cook dinner for 40 people!
When the guest chef did not arrive, I asked if I could cook dinner, and my friend said, “Yes”. First I looked in the pantry, and was amazed to not find any of the things I usually have in my pantry, like onions, or potatoes. There was a lot of pasta, and a lot of spaghetti sauce, frozen turkey sausage, frozen garlic bread, many cans of tuna, two cans of kidney beans, one can of pinto beans, and a can of chopped tomatoes. No problem! The Good Plate to the rescue.