It’s been a typical Sunday, way too much to do around the house, which included cutting back 2 beloved plants to remove leaves with ‘fuzz’ infestation, putting them in the shower for solid rise, and then rubbing them down with alcohol. Now I hope for recovery and that the rest of my plants are ok, especially the newly adopted Meyer Lemon patio tree! Other than that I watched 2 new interpretations of an old German Grimm tale, snow white. Both interpretations took quite some liberties with the original story, but in both stories Snow White was definitely no longer a helpless damsel in distress but sophisticated in all kinds of weaponary. In one film she did not even eat the apple! Smart girl! No prince to the rescue, she was smart enough to not be too nice and refuse that poisonous apple. While Snow White and the Huntsman is dark and grim, Mirror Mirror is light, colorful and very funny. Julia Roberts makes a very likeable evil queen, Charlie Theron not so much. Mirror Mirror ends with a bollywood-like singing and dancing, double smile. Oh, and I also saw “Like Crazy”. Who knew Jennifer Lawrence was so cute!
Other than that I tried to recreate yesterday’s chickpea and roasted cauliflower soup, but no cauliflower in my fridge so I had to improvise, I added a potato, some cashew for sustenance and tons of fresh kale. Good soup!
Chickpea and Kale Soup
makes 2 servings
- 1/2 white onion, chopped
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1 ts olive oil
- 2-3 cups of vegetable broth
- 1 small potato, peeled and diced
- 1 cup chickpeas (canned or soaked and cooked)
- 1 TB cumin
- 1 ts smoked paprika
- 1 bay leaf
- 1/4 cup cashew, soaked for 20 min
- salt to taste
Soak the cashews first.
In a medium sized pot, heat the oil and fry the onion, garlic and potato pieces. Once getting brown, add the broth, spices and bay leaf, and cook on medium low until the potato is soft (ca 10 min). Remove from heat, and cool. Pour into blender and add the cashew nuts. Beware of steam if blending once the broth is still hot!! – Blend to smooth consistency, add back to the pot, add the chickpeas, and kale. Heat through and serve.