Refuse to be Passive

Soup Stuff

In Uncategorized on May 4, 2010 at 4:05 pm

“For me, soup is something that comes out of a can,” my co-worker told me. “I really like soup, but I’m too scared to make it at home.” Too scared to make it at home? I was confused. I couldn’t grasp the concept. Soup is about the easiest thing in the world to make! It’s so easy that I have 12L of it sitting in my freezer. It’s good soup, but I’m just taking a break after having too much soup. I think I have Dutch Meatball Soup, Chilli (which isn’t really soup), tomato vegetable soup, and tomato garbanzo bean soup. And then there are the litres of turkey stock that are waiting to be turned into soup.
Anyone who knows my mother, knows that she’s the leftover queen. She can turn anything into a casserole, ragout, or soup. Therefore soup is something I grew up knowing how to make. You take stock, chuck in whatever leftovers you’ve got in the fridge—provided that they taste good together, season with spices, and let it simmer for a few hours and serve. This comes so naturally to me that I never thought that making soup could actually make anyone nervous. It’s a bit of a crazy concept.
When I was doing my semester abroad in Oxford and we were trying to feed ourselves on a budget, people often asked me to make soup for the group. Once again, I wasn’t sure why it had to be me, as making soup is fairly simple. But, make soup I did and it always seemed to get rave reviews. It’s interesting to me that two of my least favourite foods (not that I won’t eat them)—soup and pie—are two of the things I am the best at making. Huh, go figure.

  1. It’s sad that soup is one of your least favorites. Actually, now that you mention it, I do make good soup too. But never think about making it. I like it while I’m eating it, but not the thought of eating it. Perhaps we were overloaded as children?

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