I cannot believe this. We are almost at the tail end of Spring! Geez… how time flies! It seemed like only yesterday when we celebrated Christmas!
Speaking of Christmas – last year – I bought a simple electrical Soup Maker that became the be-all and end-all of (one of) my kitchen appliance(s) today.
To buy or not to buy…?
I must have walked round the shelf in that electrical store a myriad of times. To buy or not to buy? I reckoned the store’s CCTV was following every step and movement I made that day. LOL!
It was winter, for God’s sake, and the vision of a bowl of freshly-made hot soup was certainly very inviting in my mind’s eye. Mmmm…
And the Soup Maker looked SO cool!
But alas, the one I saw on the shelf was the last piece, not for sale but for the showroom! I immediately placed an order with the shop assistant, who graciously informed me that I had to wait for another week or two. The gadget was enormously popular.
A week passed by.
I received a missed call on my cell phone from a rather unusual number. The ‘caller’ left a message on my voicemail and courteously informed me to pick up my order I had placed a week before!
My Soup Maker had arrived! Yay!
The Soup Maker came with a recipe book, but I have yet to follow any of the recipes. I may get some ideas for making compotes later 😉
By the way, I am not being sponsored by the Maker – at all. It just so happened that that product was on the special Year End promotion at the store 😉
Warm Cold Days and One Big Supporter
I did not tell hubs about my “secret investment”. I don’t blame him because he knew that I have the tendency to hoard my ‘investment’. Gadgets I have bought seemed to be stashed in the cupboards untouched and unused – all brand new. LOL!
But not this time:-D
My Soup Maker is one of the most used items to-date!
Hubs could not believe the soups I have concocted were made fresh from the Soup Maker. I have not only warmed our cold winter days, but I have won the heart of one huge supporter *wink*
Easing Number 26
I have one rather sick tooth. In the world of dentistry, this tooth has a name, and it’s called “Number 26”.
Number 26 has been bugging me for quite some time now. I could not enjoy eating a hearty meal as Number 26 just does not allow me to.
By the way, everyone has Number 26. It’s one of the 12 broad-faced grinding teeth. Number 26 happens to be my once-upon-a-time most used and active left upper grinder, but it’s currently quite ‘sick’ 😦
No worries, it will be “repaired” soon … but only in a week or two … fingers crossed!
The Soup Maker has been my saviour the past days in calming my Number 26.
Here’s a soup I made recently, the Pea Mint Soup – all things fresh and in season, ready within half an hour from washing, chopping, slicing, cooking and platting up. Exactly what I needed with my busy schedule…
Peas are in season, especially starting in the month of May through October. Peas and mint go really well together. Mint is a useful herb and is one of the remedial herbs to easing toothaches. In my case, it’s easing my Number 26 😀
Here’s how I made my quick and fresh Pea Mint Soup in my Soup Maker.Ingredients (own recipe) – (serves 4)
- 350 g peas, washed
- 1 leek – the white part only, washed away any signs of grits and grimes between the folds and layers
- 3 stalks white celery sticks, washed and removed the stringy outer layer
- Fresh Mint leaves, washed and roughly torn
- 1 medium-sized potato, peeled, washed and diced
- 2 cloves garlic, peeled and halved
- Course Sea Salt and pepper to taste
- All vegetables must be cut, chopped and diced in more or less even sizes
- Transfer the cut vegetables into the Soup Maker
- Add seasoning – course sea salt and freshly milled black pepper
- Stir the mixture with a spoon
- Add water up to the level between MIN and MAX
- Stir one more time
- Select the button (I chose the 1st button for finely blended soup. Other functions included chunky soups, compotes and smoothies)
- Press Start
After 20 minutes, the soup was done!
Note: If you do not own a Soup Maker, by all means, prepare the soup in the manner you are most used to.
Oh by the way, I just came across this blog event, May’s Four Seasons Food which really intrigued me. Before the season’s up, I’m joining in the fun and am submitting this entry to Four Seasons Food May Challenge: Celebrating Spring hosted by Delicieux and Eat Your Veg
In my previous post, Malaysian Honeycomb Cake Re-visited, I made a “grievous” fault in linking that entry to Made With Love Mondays Event (Week 5/5/2014). I should have read and re-read the event’s list of “prohibited / restricted” items. I have used a ‘canned’ item in the form of canned sweetened condensed milk. I would like to apologize to Mark. Then again I wonder if I could buy freshly made sweetened condensed milk anywhere. I have found one in a tube, though. To make amends for my previous linkup, this time, I am submitting all things fresh and made from scratch to Javelin Warrior’s Cookin w/ Luv‘s Made With Love Mondays: Week of 5th May 2014. I hope I’m not disqualified with this submission…
I am also linking this post to Cooking With Herbs Recipe Challenge for the month of May, hosted by Karen from Lavender and Lovage. I have used fresh “Mint” as the selected cooking herb.
P“eas(e)” be with you 😀