Sunday, April 13, 2014
What a lazy soup recipe!
On hand: a bag of frozen Chinese style vegetables (carrots, broccoli, onion, water chestnuts, mushrooms); chicken broth; 3 frozen chicken breasts; some low cal Szechuan peanut sauce; brown rice vermicelli; chili flakes. And: a huge bunch of beet greens (tops from the fresh candy striped beets I bought for this week's salads).
Soaked the vermicelli (broken into shorter lengths) in boiling water for two minutes. Simmered the chicken, cubed, in the chicken broth. Stirred in the frozen vegetables and just brought to a simmer again. Added a good whack of the peanut sauce. Washed the beet greens carefully (very sandy!) and chopped lightly in the food processor with a bit of water and then stirred them into the hot broth, removing from the heat to retain the colour and a bit of crunchiness -- the stems are red, the leaves are green, and the overall effect is quite pretty!
Couldn't have been easier or quicker.
And: many thanks to all for your good wishes on that last clinic visit. So many of us experience cancer, either personally or at close hand among our family and friends. The c-word is still a terrifying one, the treatment process is still arduous: cut it out, burn it out, poison it out. But for many of us, and even though we may never be quite the same again, recovery does happen.
My tiny radiation tattoos haven't faded -- and of course it was those radiation tattoos that inspired me to start wearing leather "biker jackets" instead of stuffy suits to work. Tattoos weren't my chosen look (heck, I don't even have pierced ears, have never coloured my hair!!) But I figured: if I had to have the tattoos, might as well complete the look, and so I've acquired quite a collection of leather and suede jackets, mostly inexpensively off ebay and etsy. Some definite biker style and some more demure. Black, brown, beige, red, orange, blue, green, purple, pink . . . outrageous, really.
The slightly tough leather jacket style has just been my a private biker tattoo joke (which I guess I'm now sharing with you, right?)