“Alene was proud of the recipe she had invented, and now she’d make enough to put in jars that they’d sell along with some of her specially made bean and vegetable dips.” Smothered: A Whipped and Sipped Mystery
Alene was proud of the recipe she had invented, and now she’d make enough to put in jars that they’d sell along with some of her specially made bean and vegetable dips. P.20 Smothered: A Whipped and Sipped Mystery
For the past 3 months of quarantine, I’ve had a hard time getting Napa Cabbage. I didn’t know how much I’d miss having it in my fridge. I use it in smoothies, salads, soups, and stir-fries. It lasts for months, since you only need a few leaves at a time, and stays crisp, unlike most lettuces. It’s not my favorite vegetable (talking to you, little cucumbers), nor is it that common (several of the shoppers who delivered my groceries during the first months of the quarantine were unsure about what it was).
I’ve substituted peach for the mango, when I don’t have a ripe one, and scallions (since I grow them on my window ledge) for the red onions (although the red onions are crunchier and look better). When I don’t have limes, I’ve substituted bottled ‘Key Lime Juice,’ and that worked too, although it’s a little sweeter. And when I couldn’t get fresh parsley (WHY? Was there a run on parsley at the grocery store?), I substituted cilantro (which is also delicious, but I know some people think it tastes like soap).
That’s it. Just throw this together and enjoy.
“Would you like a pot of chamomile tea, Julian?” Alene, who also drank water with vinegar every morning, scowled at Olly and smiled at Julian. “The banana muffins and ginger molasses cookies are still warm.” Smothered: A Whipped and Sipped Mystery, D.X. Varos 2021
In last week’s grocery order (delivered by Instacart), I got tortillas, but forgot chips (Of any kind. Isn’t that the kind of thing you remember while you’re meandering up the aisles?). No problemo – we fried up some tortillas and made our own chips. They’re cheaper, less salty, and yummier than the store bought kind!
Benjie passed around a bowl of roasted vegetables and the three children brought in a plate of spinach pies, a bowl of mixed green vegetables, and a platter of Dover Sole on a bed of roasted, pureed Butternut Squash. Heather moved the food around on her plate, occasionally spearing a piece of broccoli. Miles certainly couldn’t help noticing that she was terrifyingly thin.
Chop an avocado for garnish, or sprinkle with cheese, chopped parsley/cilantro – everything works, including just serving the soup as is. It’s even better the next day and can be frozen and reheated.