Sunday, August 30, 2009

A Homemade Soup

Why have I spent so much time not reading Orangette?

Unlike a lot of the (tiny number) of people who read this blog, I wasn't with Molly Wizenberg from the beginning. I'd heard of her Orangette, but I never read her properly till she appeared on my desk in hardback form, A Homemade Life. Her book is thoughtful and spare, sprinkled with recipes and stories about what makes the dishes special. It's beguiling, really, and after I devoured it, I, of course, checked out Orangette. Just once. And then I left.

I'm not exactly sure why, but I revisited it last week and was smitten anew. And tonight, in a long overdue move, I made one of her recipes. Of all things, in this season of sweet Maryland corn and tomatoes, stone fruits and all things fresh and good, I made her broccoli soup with lemon-chive cream. It was simple, fresh and delicious, perfect for Sunday dinner after a weekend of excessive celebration (another lovely wedding, of course! Cam's sister wed her love in a brief, giggly ceremony, followed by food and dancing.). I joked to Cam that it could also be called onions five ways -- you'll need leeks, onion, spring onions, chives, and garlic for this soup. And, having made it, I wouldn't leave any of them out.

Never fear, tomorrow night's dinner's already planned, to take advantage of said corn and tomatoes: A sort of corn/potato/tomato hash, cooked in bacon fat, topped with crumbled bacon and a fried egg. Mmmmm.


SaintTigerlily said...

Lady, sounds delicious. I'm making her pancakes this morning!

For tomatoes and corn, go over to smitten kitchen and check out her recent recipe for corn/tomato pie.


emma discovery said...

Hahaha we are on the same page! I originally cruised the farmers market and made my purchases with that pie in mind, and then Cam looked at the recipe and said Whoa, this is hard. He didn't mean we shouldn't make it, but I'm pastry-phobic and have no pie plate, so we're saving it for when we have a little more time to play with it. It's SO on the list, though.

SaintTigerlily said...

DUDE. Seriously and please listen to me. I made it last night and the pastry is, I kid you not, the easiest pastry I have ever worked with. It is un-mess-up-able. And the pie was, according to The Boss, pretty much the best thing I have every made. I am making it AGAIN tonight. I will seriously call you and walk you through it if you are so nervous about the pastry. Your recipe up there looks delish but you NEED to make this pie. Just buy some of those disposable dishes. Pleeeeeease.

emma discovery said...

You're awesome, and we're convinced. We won't be near a farmers market for a couple weeks, but if we can find good stuff when we do get there, Tomato Corn Pie is ON! I've been meaning to tackle pastry anyway.