In my kitchen I have been cooking:
- Chicken soup
- Lentil soup
- Spinach soup
- Radish Greens soup
Since I started following John Douillard’s 3-Season Diet on lifespa.com, I have been eating mostly soups for supper. Since making Granma’s Chicken soup, I’ve gotten bold and just make the soup intuitively now. Each week I buy a 3 lb. organic chicken from MOM’s grocery store. I then boil it in a pot with several vegetables and herbs. When it is done I strain out the broth and shred the chicken to add back into the soup. I also make some egg noodle on the side for the boy, so he can have Chicken Noodle Soup.
I also made lentil soup from Weight Watcher’s Cooking Italian cookbook. It was ok, but I found it a bit too bland. I still have to try making Marcella Hazan’s version of lentil soup. I am really glad my dad gave me her book. It was a great choice. I’m not sure if he knew it would be, or if he just gave it to me. He is not one who really needs a cookbook. I am. As for the book, I love how her recipes guide you through everything, such as what size pot to use, this is what I need more than glossy photos and jargon and obscure ingredients. I wonder if my dad understood that or it was just luck. Only thing is, being from Emilia-Romagna she uses a lot of milk in her recipes which my parents never did.
I did make the Spinach Soup on page 89 from Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking. I used fresh spinach from the Farmer’s Market and homemade vegetable broth rather than the Homemade Meat Broth that was called for. This recipe also called for 2 cups of milk and with the added parmigiano-reggiano cheese it reminded me of the Spinach Gnocchi soup my Mom used to make on holidays. Again, I would rather not have the milk and butter and could have left it out. However, my husband was very pleased and enjoyed it. The boy ate a turkey sandwich, but he enjoyed both the lentil and chicken soup.
This week, I thought I picked up beets at the farmer’s market, but I was wrong. They were radishes. I accidentally boiled them. I looked over to the bright and lovely green leafy tops on the chopping board and remembered I used to make a soup with them. After searching for the recipe I couldn’t find it. Googling it on the internet all the recipes called for milk and potato, which I didn’t remember. So I winged this one:
Next up, I’m going to try my hand at breads. Yes, I am feeling brave.