Sunday, October 23, 2011
Soup for the Soul
I envy those who can cling to their faith in the face of adversity. I wish that I could turn to prayer to find comfort and solace and know that at the end of the day it all makes sense and that it will all be alright. I can not. At the end of the day, after all of the prayers, rosaries, or novenas, I'm left only with the realization that life is not fair and that there's not a damn thing that I can do about it. Except for one thing. I can cook. If I can't make things better, and God appears to choose not to, then at least I can cook. I make soup or sauce or supper and try to make sure that when people I know suffer they don't do so alone and they don't do so hungry. Life may be nasty, brutish, and short, but it need not be unkind.
2. Add approximately 6 cups of water.
3. Add 1 lb of washed lentils, and one hammock or ham bone for lentil soup; OR
4. Add l lb of dried peas and one hammock or ham bone for split pea soup; OR
5. Add a chicken carcass for chicken soup; OR
6. Add cabbage, tomatoes, spinach, and green beans for vegetable soup; OR
7. Substitute beef broth for the water and add beets and cabbage for borscht.
8. The possibilities are endless--much like the endless ways that life isn't fair.
9. Simmer on the lowest possible heat for about an hour and half. Season with salt and pepper.
10. Cool; remove any bones; leave the meat.
11. Pour it into a Tupperware container and take it to someone who needs it. And if they are really hurting, don't give a second thought to whether you get your container back.