I am recovering from a little accident with my hatchet, so hunting and pecking on the computer without my speediest finger, which is firmly wrapped to protect the stitches. The doctor gave me a scolding for not using a glove while splitting off some kindling - and holding the piece of pine board with my bare fingers. Oops.
Today was another perfect day for my newest soup - made with just cooked brussels sprouts and arugula, cumin, hot pepper flakes, thyme, and fresh lemon juice, quickly pureed. A few days ago I made it with spinach, and that was just as wonderful. On the really cold days (10 degrees) a cup of hot soup warms me up faster than coffee, - another reason I like to keep at least one container of soup in the fridge. AND I'm wearing my new Santa hat, which keeps me toasty and smiling. Hope you're enjoying the season!
Brussels Sprouts and Arugula soup
This makes four servings in medium sized cups.
3 1/2-4 cups vegetable or chicken stock, or half water, half stock
1 medium onion, sliced
1 smallish potato, peeled and sliced
1 large clove garlic sliced
hefty pinch of thyme
1 T. unsalted butter OR olive oil
pinch hot pepper flakes, or dash of hot sauce
1 rounded teaspoon cumin
1 1/2 cups trimmed brussels sprouts, cut in half
2 cups packed arugula or spinach
1-2 lemons, quartered
Drizzle oil or melt butter in large saucepan. Add the onion, garlic, and cumin and cook five minutes, stirring.
Add the stock or water, the potatoes, salt, hot pepper flakes, and thyme, bring to a simmer, then add the halved brussels sprouts, cover and cook for ten minutes.
After ten minutes, uncover the pot and add the arugula or spinach. Stir, then cover and cook another 10 minutes - no more than ten minutes!
Remove from heat, uncover, and let cool for ten minutes.
Using an immersion blender, carefully puree until smooth. If it's too thick, and a little water, then taste and correct seasonings. I find it always needs salt. Squeeze in about 2 tablespoons lemon juice, and taste again. Serve with extra lemon quarters on the side.
I love this along with a chunk of warm bread and Vermont cheddar cheese.
Hope you're staying warm and cozy ~