Years ago I collected one of my very favorite sayings from a dear friend of mine. I was in my early twenties at the time and didn’t fully understand the delicacies of conversation and how best to avoid unwanted debates about touchy topics, such as religion and politics, particularly when in mixed company. On more than one occasion I watched my humorous and charismatic friend turn conversions of this kind completely on their head by simple saying… “I like soup!” I know it sounds silly but it really does work. Inevitably someone in the group would bite, because almost all of us really do like soup, and a lighthearted conversation would ensue about the allure of a bowl of a rich French Onion or Creme of Broccoli-Cheddar… our classic friends of course would always vouch for old faithful, homemade chicken noodle. To this day I use the saying whenever the opportunity presents itself.
Funny thing though… I really do like soup!
Here’s one of my favs. A nice warm meal for your next meatless Monday, or any day of the week for that matter 🙂
Chinese Green Asparagus Soup
2 tbsp olive oil
7 asparagus spears, sliced
1 small stalk of celery with leaves, sliced
4 radishes, sliced
1clove of garlic, finely chopped
1 tsp ginger, finely chopped
2 1/2 cups of fresh spinach, whole or chopped
3 tsp tamari (soy sauce)
1 tbsp sesame oil
3 1/2 cups vegetable stock
salt and black pepper to taste
Stir fry asparagus, celery, radishes, garli and ginger in a dutch over or heavy metal pot for 2 min.
Add spinach, tamari, sesame oil and fry for another 30 seconds.
Pour in stock, bring to a boil and simmer for 15 min.
Season and serve hot!