Saturday, December 20, 2008

No School and Gypsy Soup!!!

We were all hoping it would happen. We slept with curtains open and ears tuned in to the ice pelting the doors and windows. By morning, we were welcomed into a world of snow and ice. Teachers and students alike cheered, however, for others it was treacherous travel. Many folks are still without power.
As for me, I made a pot of soup, cleaned house and ended the evening with Scrabble. All in all, it was a good day.
Here is my favorite soup recipe for a cold winter's day:
Gypsy Soup
2 T. olive oil
2 lg. onions, chopped
2 lg. cloes garlic, chopped
1/2 c. chopped celery
2 c. peeled, chopped sweet potatoes
Saute these together, then add:
3 c. broth...any kind
1 bay leaf
2 t. paprika
1 t. turmeric
1 t. dried basil
Salt..if needed
Dash cinnamon
Dash cayenne
Simmer for as long as you want!
1 c. fresh tomatoes or 1 28 ounce can chopped or diced tomatoes
1 can chick peas
1 T. tamari or soy sauce
Simmer again.
Notes: If company is coming or shows up (as did at my house last night!) Add whatever is in your cupboard..canned green beans, more chick peas, and more spices.
Great served with cornbread and real maple syrup!
Lou Ann
Lou Ann Homan is a storyteller, teacher, writer and actress from Angola, Indiana. When she is not meandering around, she can be found writing late into the night or the early morning under the light of her red frayed lamp.