Food doesn't TOTALLY suck

Thu 5/20/2010

I have a confession to make. Now, this might come as a big shock to some of you long-time blog readers, but, well...

I have been making SOUP.

LOTS of it. From SCRATCH. Since... like February or so.

Now I know this news is at odds with some of my previous "Food Sucks" posts, but all I can say is that people change, and in this case I think it's probably for the better.

It's been a long road. People have been making fun of my eating habits for years. I've never been crazy about eating food, and especially not about PREPARING food. But over the last few years I have slowly started appreciating food more and more. Going to Europe and seeing how another culture treated meals with more respect helped. Eating vegetables picked fresh from Claire's garden helped. I had a pretty intense conversation about organic food with John Porcellino when he was here last October, which also helped. Then also, my supermarket closed (a new Co-Op is opening in that location soon though!)

I mean let's face it, I have a lot of WORK to do, but I don't always have enough enjoyable activities to fill my BREAK time. And it is actually pretty relaxing to put on some good music and chop vegetables for an hour. Or at least it's more fun than cleaning my apartment. Soup is easy to make, it's one of my favorite things to eat, and I'm saving a lot of time and money by making TONS of soup in one cooking session, which can last me for a whole week.

Anyway, I'm telling all of you about this now for two reasons:
1) I thought everyone who used to freak out when I would post about how much I hated food could have a nice "I told you so" in the comments.
2) I just did a comic about making soup for the new Eat to a New Beat site, which went live this week. It's got other great comics about food by my friends Aaron, Nate and Sarah and the whole site was put together by my friend Ezra Claytan Daniels. Check it out!

8 comments on this entry

i used to do this with chili in the winter time. i'd be too tired from working and i just wanted to be warm so i had this huge pot of it sitting in the fridge all the time.

Hurray for soup!
You should get in on the UV soup swap next year:
It's a good way to add free variety to your diet.

I'm TOTALLY going to do that next year Colleen!

Alec May20

I'm totally into making soup! I make my own stock and then add stuff to it as I eat it, kind of in single servings, so I can have different soups throughout the week if I so choose. How do you make your soup? Do you make your own stock? I'd like to hear more about your recipes/methods as I've gotten tired of my regular soup and haven't made it for a few weeks.

Liz B. May20

That's great, Alec! Soup can be so good for you, especially when you make it yourself.

Arlene May20

Liz, the only soup I make that I could actually recommend to others is my carrot/potato soup, which goes like this:

First I chop up 5 potatoes (I leave the skins on). Then I put them in 8 cups of water in my big soup pot and turn the heat all the way up. Just let it boil.

Then I put the following stuff in a frying pan:
3 tablespoons of butter
5 cloves of garlic chopped fine
3 onions chopped up

I dump that stuff in with the boiling potatoes and then add some more butter to the pan and cook up chopped up carrots. I do about 12 carrots.

Then I dump it all into the pot, add another 8 cups of water, a bunch of hot peppers, salt, pepper and two of those veggie bouillon cubes. I boil it for about 10 minutes, then I let it simmer for 4-8 hours - the longer the better!

Alec May20

soup is good food! i'd recommend collecting your trimmings, onion/garlic bits and skins, carrot ends, whatever other veggie refuse you were previously going to throw away (tho avoid leafy stuff, anything that gets bitter when cooked for a long time) -- and toss it in a bag in the freezer until you have enough to make your own veggie stock. just boil it for about an hour in enough water to cover, cool, and freeze.

soup made with stock is way more tasty than soup made with water!

Thanks for the tip Nate!

Alec May21

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