There are certain givens in life. Constants. Things that everyone has in common.
Singing in the shower. Everyone does it. Don’t deny it. In fact, tonight I had my iHome set up and was all but busting out choreography around my bathroom. I would have been singing into my hairbrush if I knew where I had left it this morning. Oops. Or, if you’re more of a bath person: playing in the bath tub. Maybe the extent of your playfulness is splashing the water around. Or maybe you’re like me – you see that your arms have steam rising up off of them because the water is so hot, so you pretend to be Hades from Disney’s “Hercules” for the rest of your bath time. (This may or may not have occurred a few days ago).
Shoes. Shoes happen. We have to wear them on our feet. And heels. Heels happen. Maybe it’s just a coincidence that they’re only one letter away from being “hells,” I don’t know. I just bought a pair of heels – not sure why; maybe because they were cute, maybe because it’s summer, or maybe because I’m thinking that since I’ll be working in an office during the upcoming school year, I should sort of start acting like a grown up – and have just rediscovered that my feet don’t function more than two inches off ground level.
Maybe I spent twenty minutes walking around my house in them, trying not to walk like a robot. Maybe I woke my mother up doing this. I won’t admit to anything.
Writer’s block. Writer’s block also happens to everyone. Even if you’re not a writer. It happens when you’re having a conversation with someone, and they say something to which you think you should have some witty comeback – only to think of one an hour later when the person’s gone and the moment’s been lost.
I’ve had writers block for the last week. If not more. But today, my heels and Hercules reenactments and Maroon 5 harmonizing have brought you this soup. I know soup isn’t incredibly summery, but to be honest, this summer isn’t incredibly summery – at least not here in the Pacific Northwest.
Go make it now, or slip this recipe into your autumn foods cookbook. Either way, it’s pretty darn great.
AFRICAN PEANUT SOUP
(makes a “soup”er duper double batch, halve the recipe if you don’t feel like eating it for the rest of your life)
- 3 small or medium onions, diced (plus about as much celery diced as well)
- 4 1/2 tsp. minced garlic
- 7 tbsp. sesame oil
- 5 tsp. curry powder
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1/2 tsp. black pepper
- 1 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
- 1 6 oz. can of tomato paste
- 1 28 oz. can of crushed tomatoes
- 2 quarts vegetable stock
- 1/2 c. + 1 tbsp. peanut butter (I like to use creamy)
- 1 package of Butler’s Soy Curls, if you so desire
- And, maybe some kale – yum.
In a large pot, saute the onion, celery, and garlic in the sesame oil for about 10 minutes, until the onion is tender. Add the curry powder, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes and saute for another minute.
Add the stock, tomato paste, crushed tomatoes and peanut butter and stir until it’s all combined. Add in the soy curls, and heat until it’s hot enough to eat. Simple enough, right?