Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Drag Soup!

Since this blog has the word "cooking" in the title, I figured I'd put a recipe or two in here. These are a couple of soup recipes I made up recently that were big hits at our weekly RuPaul's Drag Race Monday night soup gatherings.

(it must be noted that I am crap at measuring when I am cooking off the cuff, so all measurements are approximate)

Potato and Cilantro Soup with Sweet and Spicy Slaw
6 small red potatoes, diced
3 small onions, diced
5 cloves garlic, minced
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 vegan bouillon cubes
4 quarts water (this is very approximate---I basically just added water till the pot was about half full)
2 cans diced tomatoes and chilies
1 large handful cilantro, chopped coarsely
2 teaspoons salt

heat olive oil on medium high flame in soup pot, add diced potatoes and stir to coat with oil. let cook for 4-5 minutes, then add onions and garlic on top. reduce heat to medium, cover and cook for another 5 minutes until onion softens slightly. dissolve bouillon cubes in water (could sub chicken or veggie stock) and add to pot, stirring to mix. let the soup simmer, covered, until potatoes are fork tender--about half an hour on medium heat. add canned tomatoes with chlies (ro-tel style) and cilantro, reduce heat to low, and simmer another half hour to blend flavors. add salt to taste before serving. Serve with Sweet and Spicy Slaw to mix in

Sweet and Spicy Slaw
3 cups finely shredded cabbage
1/3 red pepper and 1/3 green pepper, julienned
1/3 red onion, julienned
1/2 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tablespoons lime juice
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt

mix cabbage, peppers and onions together in a bowl. whisk lime juice, sugar, salt, garlic and jalapeno in a cup and pour over vegetables. toss to coat.

Curried Green Tomato Soup
3 Tablespoons vegan margarine
3 Tablespoons minced ginger
3 Tablespoons Jamaican curry powder(turmeric coriander fenugreek cumin allspice pepper garlic)
1 Tablespoon red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon cloves (powder)
2 large onions chopped coarsley
3 pounds green tomatoes, cored and chopped coarsely (didn't bother to take the seeds out or skins off!)
1 can coconut milk
2 teaspoons salt--or more to taste
3 Tablespoons brown sugar--or more to taste

Melt margarine in heavy bottom stock pot on medium. Stir in ginger, curry powder, pepper flakes and cloves to make a paste. Toast for a few seconds, then add onions and stir to coat. Cook onions till soft, about 5 minutes. Add chopped tomatoes and set on low flame to cook down, about 20 minutes. If mixture seems to get dry, add a little water. Stir occaisionally. When tomatoes are broken down, take off flame and mix in coconut milk and salt. Puree with stick blender till smooth. Stir in salt and brown sugar. Taste to correct seasonings (may need a bunch more brown sugar depending on how sour your green tomatoes are, and salt is a matter of personal taste) Enjoy with friends!

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