Sunday, August 28, 2011
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Monday, August 15, 2011
I learned to play a bit with a recipe and my creativity. I learned that I have a strong tendency to change recipes.
But what else can be learned from cooking a soup? First, I learned to be flexible. After reading the recipe in ‘1000 vegetarian recipes’, I was not sure I had all the ingredients. I did not know what a vegetable bouillon was. I know it sounds silly, but the word ‘bouillon’ was not in my vocabulary. I had a word ‘cubitos’—Spanish for ‘ little cubes’. My recipe called for a cup of milk, but oh wait…I didn’t drink milk then. Would almond milk work? It had to, because my mind was already set up for that soup and I was not going to go out to the grocery store. This reminded me that flexibility and resourcefulness are keyingredients for an enjoyable cooking experience.
You may wonder why I did not have all the ingredients for that recipe. The short answer is that I did not have the recipe when I was at the grocery store. I bought the squash because there were many at the market, and they looked great. And also because I had been thinking of cooking peanut butter-pumpkin soup or squash soup for a while. I have two good friends who make excellent squash soups so I have those memories in my bank of good experiences.
I started by imagining my end product. It puts me in the mood of cooking! I portrayed a smooth, delicious and beautiful soup, already served in a nice plate. I can even smell it, and feel it. The idea made me happy. Why is that?
As you may know, food has a strong connection to memories and feelings. It is no different for me. This yellow silky soup has always been a messenger of the gods for me. Pumpkin soup will always remind me of home. Back home, I called it ‘sopa de zapallo’ or ‘sopa de ullama.’ I grew up having a traditional dish, called ‘guisao’, which I won’t describe here in details, but it was a dish served only on Good Fridays. Guisao is made of small pieces of pumpkin, cassava, fresh spices and fish. That dish, in itself, represents an encounter of cultures indigenous Mesoamericans and Spaniards.
1. Give the produce to friends and neighbors --this works if they enjoy cooking. Also make sure you know their likes...
Most people prefer baby zucchini. I was told this "bring only the babies, not those baseball bats." Oh, no worries, I said, 'the bats' are for seeds.
If your family, friends or neighbors don't cook, then cook for them...some people don't know what to do with all those fresh weird looking things. What were they again? They will say thank you and let em..rotten! It is not their fault. They either want to be nice with you so they take the gift. Perhaps, they don't know how to say no to you. They have no experience or lack cooking instruments. Or plainly, they have no desire to cook. Of course there is that possibility that they don't like the stuff at all...
I know this list is not balance...bare with me. Bullets are coming...
2. With the big ones, make some chips. I cut small slices, circular and bake them. Then I put them in a dehydrator. You may choose to fry them instead. I add vinegar, salt, a little bit of sugar, pepper and Italian spices.
3. What about grillin...that is an excellent option.
4. Make zucchini bread
5. You could stir fry them with olive oil+onions+wine+garlic+chives+sage + pepper
6. Make a lasagna (use recipes for egg plant)..I know is not the same, but it works.
7. Cook them in a tomato-basil or marinara sauce
8. Pickle them
9. Wait until they rotten... It happen very fast :-)
10. Slice them and put them in a dehydrator
11. Eat them fresh, directly from the plant (This shall have been option #1)
12. Let them grow giant-ourmous and use the seeds, then pickle the rest/or fry them.
13. Give them to your enemies
14. Drop them secretly at the thrift store, the food pantry or the local grocery store
15. Make some money: instead of 1, 13, etc., sell them at the farmers market
16. Make baby food even if you have no babies
17. Take a lot of pictures for your blog
18. Get sick of eating way too many of them...
19. Cook or grind them and use them as a base for a vegetarian or soup stock
20. Hit someone on the head...the large ones could be a defense mechanism.
By the way: My recipe is not too sweet. Yet if you want to do some exercise after I recommend this book
Pilates on the Ball http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0892819812
(I am selling it!)