So, I set out Friday night (which was a beautifully cool - almost fall, evening, making it the perfect night for soup) So, enter: Italian wedding soup.
I gathered everything together and pulled up a recipe that I adapted from Ina Garten (what an interesting name!)
The 'meatballs' were first. I didn't really use her recipe to a tee, just a guide. Obviously the exception was the 'ground beef' and I threw a few different herbs in it and a different kind of bread crumb. That probably was the hardest part.. the meatballs.
They looked good tho!
While those were baking, I'd read something about this lady that had a granny from the 'old country' (which reminded me of the time my dad spoke of his living in the old country - which to him, meant Decatur Il.. not Italy, but I digress). Granny from the old country suggested to NEVER cook your pasta in with the rest of the soup. Made for too thick of soup. Who am I to argue with an Italian grandma? Um.. no. I cooked it seperate!
As that was cooking, obviously I was chopping and sauteeing for the rest of the soup.
Kinda my mantra that night.
Occasionally I'd get interrupted by a welcome facebook chitter or a text. But I was really into my cheffing that night.
Time for the 'meatballs' to come out. I dropped one.. (darnit!) The cat sniffed it. I squealed "NO, IT'S HOT!!! H-O-T!! HOT!!!" Not that a one of my furkids know what the words 'hot, no, yes, stop it, chill out, what did you do, OUCH" etc mean.. but as I reitterated in my squeal - I think I scared them.
Later on when it cooled, they were more than happy to re-sniff and walk away. Lol. Some meat eaters you just can't change. ;)
This stuff was good!
Not only was it good - I had uber leftovers.
I took some to Mr. Drew as he requested. He loved it.
The rest - so far has been fueling me after my training runs. In fact, I ate a whole bowl last night at 11pm with some gatorade. I do believe it helped me to fall asleep! (Take that, Nyquil!)
A+ in that veganization.
I have one more for Italian month under my belt, but it's been created (twice already) so that means I won't be putting as much effort into it.
Keep an eye here though, it's coming - later this week. You won't want to miss it - it was YUMMY IN THE TUMMY!
Music enjoyed while blogging:
Can you believe, nothing again?
Not a thing - I just ate.
Following my training log to the tee for the next 12 days - even if it kills me!