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Soup of the Day 20110705

Late Spring Noodle Soup: Sesame oil, green onion, garlic scapes, chopped mixed greens (arugula, kale, beet tops, mustard greens, spinach, watercress), kohlrabi, ginger root, chicken stock (we had a roast bird for the holiday weekend), patis, soy sauce, salt, thai basil leaves and flowers (dead-heading to encourage leaf growth), lemon juice, more green onion, and rice noodles (Phở). Some hoisin and chili-garlic sauce on the side.

Everything is still very green. Not even a tomato yet. But there are these white turnips so sweet and mild that they're best eaten raw. I used them as chips with a bean dip while trying to find a "local" alternate to chickpeas for hummus. It came out pretty good: red-eyed beans cooked to death, ground up with pureed garlic scapes (the flower-stalk they cut off of a garlic plant to encourage root growth; if you've never had them, they're very curly and can be cut into lengths and used like green beans, only very garlicky green beens... and they pickle well.... where was I?), olive oil and tahina, lemon juice and salt.

Speaking of green, I made my first sale-of-a-thing-I've-written, over at ChiZine. That makes my unpublished to published wordcount now 388,500 to 22! I went back and opened up my rejection folder and counted 43 over the last 18 months. So there's my first set of stats. Am I all grown up now?


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Jul. 5th, 2011 10:01 pm (UTC)
It's necessity, really. When you sign on for a CSA, you sign up for the whole summer and fall. Because we like to can and preserve what we get in late summer, we have three shares. On the downside, this means that in the Spring and Early summer, we are mostly eating greens. Lots and lots of greens.

So, since I love Phở, and have tried dozens of variations, I'm not shy about what I'll put in. So mostly, my soup of the day is just that: some broth w/a mixture of spices (which I left out of the recipe above, but generally amount to star anise, cinnamon, white pepper, fennel seeds, coriander seeds, and bay leaves), onions cooked in sesame oil, and whatever greens and vegetables need eating, with a squirt or five of patis.

I cook the noodles separately and put them in the bowl and cover them with the soup. Then I garnish with thai basil, a lemon or lime wedge or vinegar, and some green onions and/or coriander when I can get it. And a little hoisin and chili-garlic sauce.

It sounds complicated, but it takes about twenty minutes total if you have the broth prepared in advance.
Jul. 5th, 2011 07:43 pm (UTC)
Congratulations ;o)
Jul. 5th, 2011 10:02 pm (UTC)
Thanks. It's nice to begin the journey close to home... in a dark and twisty passage.
Jul. 6th, 2011 01:37 pm (UTC)
Congrats on the sale!

And I really have to get off my tuchus next spring and get some garlic planted so I can have garlic scapes.
Jul. 6th, 2011 04:28 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I've thrown enough things at them. I'm glad one finally stuck.

Funny how people used to just throw scapes out. Crying shame, really. But the people I got these off of, I also bought a half-bushel from them for very little. Seems they had 15 bushels to get rid of, and as wonderful as they are, nobody can eat THAT many scapes.
Jul. 6th, 2011 09:52 pm (UTC)
I was just poking around the new issue of ChiZine today, and was surprised and delighted to see your poem there - congratulations! Very sneaky, unless I just missed the announcement, but regardless, I enjoyed the poem and I'm very happy for you! May this be the first of many sales to follow soon on its heels.
Jul. 7th, 2011 09:08 am (UTC)
Thanks! I'm seriously chuffed myself, for obvious reasons, and I hope your benedictions prove true. I'd love to be able to claim a twofer with ChiZine some day, and get a piece of short fiction in there, too, but I think that's a long way off.
Jul. 28th, 2011 04:00 pm (UTC)
I just read the good news. I'm so happy for you! Congratulations!!!
Jul. 28th, 2011 04:01 pm (UTC)
Thank you. I think it happened on your bonfire-night. (!) [which I still haven't written back about, mea culpa]

Never underestimate a good ritual!
Jul. 28th, 2011 04:26 pm (UTC)
That's wild! But I had a feeling... it must have been in the air. Because, you sir, don't need any rituals. You're brilliant.

Jul. 28th, 2011 09:43 pm (UTC)
You know how dangerous it is to inflate an already swollen head, madam!
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