Saturday, October 3, 2015

Just some broccoli soup

I'm embarrassed. Very.

Last night I brought up my blog: I said cooking was one of my passions. The thing is, I now realize my last post dates back to February. Yep, February.

It's terrible, I know. In a (not-so-great) attempt to remedy this, I am declaring a soft commitment to a weekly post. And, I will share ten things that happened between that lonely February post and now.

(the following are listed in chronological order)
  1. I leased my first car--that's right folks, I'm now the proud owner (leaser) of a black Mazda. 
  2. I ran my first nighttime half marathon! Despite my lack of training, it was one of the greatest and most liberating experiences.
  3. I survived my first year of law school.
  4. I lived in New York City for the first time.
  5. I enjoyed an octopus dish and even managed to do so without ever making a yucky face. 
  6. I met Ryan Seacrest. He's a lot smaller in than I'd imagined. 
  7. I became obsessed with Soul Cycle. And then I met an attorney who is handling their IPO. 
  8. I played shuffleboard in both styles (floor and table) on mainland. As far as I knew, shuffleboard was strictly a cruise ship activity.
  9. I tried (and refused to finish) a superman shot. 
  10. I questioned a witness in court. 
  11. I saw an armadillo roaming in the wild (more like the streets of south Austin).

Easy Broccoli Onion Soup.
Active time: 25 minutes; total time: 60 minutes.
Makes about 6 servings.
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 medium sweet onion, sliced 
  • 2 lbs. broccoli, cut into florets
  • 5 1/2 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil + extra for garnish
  1. Heat a large pot over medium-high heat. Add coconut oil and heat until melted; add onion and cook until slightly browned, about 7 minutes, stirring. 
  2. Add broccoli and 4 cups of water and cover pot; reduce heat to low-medium. Cook, stirring occasionally, until broccoli is very soft, about 20-30 minutes. Once broccoli is soft, remove pot from heat, uncover, and let cool for about 5 minutes.
  3. Transfer soup to a blender and blend until smooth--if possible, pulse several times to ensure no broccoli florets remain. 
  4. Transfer soup back to the pot and add remaining water and basil. Cook over medium heat, covered, for about 10-15, or until desired consistency. Serve garnished with basil.

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