Sunday, January 27, 2008

I love the smell of fennel in the morning...

Sometimes I think I forget that making food for myself should be about what I want sometimes, and not about what's in the fridge, or what recipe technique I've been meaning to try, or how much protein I've gotten in a particular day, or pretty much any reason besides appetite. So when I woke this morning with a one track mind playing "ITALIAN SAUSAGE SOUP" loud and clear, I put beans on to soak post-haste (did you know they only really have to soak for 4 hours?), and ran out for the only thing I needed to get, which was celery (wooooo celery!).

It turned out pretty fast and it's a beautiful thing -- spicy and tomato-ey and full of luscious seitanic veggie goodness. Totally worth every moment and for once I think I'm really gonna look forward to eating the same meal for the next few days... mmmmmm snaussages.... :O~~~~~~~~

I stole the recipe from allrecipes, but I changed it somewhat concerning spices and vegetarian-ness and left the pasta out 'cause this way I can have an extra bread roll with it, you know?


(by the way, I LOVE the smell of cooking kidney beans like nothing else - they smell kinda like... earth and afternoon and burgundy)

(also, I bet zucchini would be pretty good in this, it was just real expensive at the store today)

20 comments:

Romina said...

Mmm. That looks sooo soothing, especially in the cold weather.

textual bulldog said...

Ooh, that looks so good! If I didn't have a fridge full of soup, I would get right on it. As it is, I'm bookmarking this delightful looking soup. Nicely done.

Cakespy said...

Yes! Way to listen to your appetite. This looks and sounds delicious. I am obsessed with veggie sausages lately, so I think it must be fate that I came across this recipe.

Vegan_Noodle said...

I can just smell it now.... mmmmmm.

Ashasarala said...

That looks like the perfect dish for an utterly freezing day.

VeggieGirl said...

oooh, what a hearty soup - glad you made something that you wanted to eat, instead of making something that would use up leftovers in the fridge; and yes, enjoy that extra bread roll with it!! ;0)

I love the new blog layout, by the way!!

Judy said...

You know, I lol'd when I read the part about making a recipe based on what needs using, or how much protein, etc - I am the same way! Soups looks great, btw.

Theresa said...

Looks good! I'll have to keep it in mind when soup whether comes around in a few months. (I suggested having pumpkin soup two nights ago and Andy was apalled. 'Soup?! It's 35 degrees [celsius]!' Alas, I will wait until it cools off a little.)

By the way, I'm diggin' the new colour scheme.

ChocolateCoveredVegan said...

Yum yum yum... I copied the recipe down

Anni said...

This looks like a great winter soup! Did you know that beans can be quick-soaked in boiling water to reduce the soaking time even further?

I also like your bright new colors, they're so cheerful in this winter darkness!

-Anni.

Vegyogini said...

Oh, Kamutflake Girl, I love fennel!! That's a great-looking soup. :)

aTxVegn said...

We're on the same wavelength because I've been thinking of making a sausage soup! How nice of you to provide me with a recipe!

Rural Vegan said...

I made a sausage soup last night too, must be something about winter that draws us into seitan sausages! This looks really, really good and I do have 3 more sausages to use up, hmmm....

a-k said...

sounds delicious! especially with a roll dipped in...

Ashasarala said...

I have to say, Whole Foods is a wonderous place! They have all the greens one could ask for. Nettles, I admit, were out of season, but I was able to find dandelion greens.

Theresa said...

I actually have a cold soup recipe from Vegan Planet marked with a post-it. It's Cold Peach Soup with Cashew Cream, but I hate peaches so was going to sub in some mango. Great minds think alike ;)

Andy scrunched up his face when I said 'cold soup', but he can get stuffed. I'm going to make it, and he's going to like it!

the pleasantly plump vegan said...

oh wow, this looks so good.

ElPato said...

That looks great! You can also flash boil kidney beans and cool them off. It'll shock them into doing the same thing soaking them does.

Ruby Red Vegan said...

Yep, a bread roll is so much more satisfying with soup than pasta would be IN the soup. It's funny to me that you woke up thinking about soup... I can only think about breakfast-y foods when I wake up. But it's understandable, since the beans were going to take four hours. Planning ahead is good. :) May I have some veggie sausage and a bread roll, please?

bazu said...

A woman after my own heart- you know that fennel is my favorite vegetable, don't you? I like the smell of fennel any time. =)