Our weather hasn't been conducive to riding lately, although we have seen the sunshine in sporadic bursts.
Saturday after coffee Troubadour headed to the range to teach/intern another Team Oregon class and I headed to Salem in the car. It was time for a Costco run. We were almost out of their in-house roasted coffee.
I decided to take the backs roads as I was not in the mood to fight heavy traffic on the interstate. Meandering along Independence highway allowed me to stop and take a few pictures of the flooding.
|(water is only supposed to be a small channel flowing under the bridge)|
|(water not supposed to be beyond the trees to the right and the back of picture)|
|(Close up of back tree line - flooding the grass fields)|
A little further and I made a right turn to the East and headed over the river to a favorite twisty road. I was stopped short by this sight.
|(Some people chose to ignore the sign and take their chances)|
After snapping a pic I did a u-turn and headed further North then East onto Highway 22 before I could cross the river into Salem.
I stopped at Costco and Lowe's and a few other places. I was shopped out by early afternoon. The people in the stores were driving me nuts. I am not good with crowds. The lack of common courtesy with the general public these days has a tendency to piss me off and give me tourettes. I know when to call it quits.
I decided to head for Starbucks and then go home. I had to dig the trusty GPS out of the center console and click on favorites until I found the Starbucks I wanted. With an iced soy latte safely ensconced in the cup holder I pointed the Subaru towards home.
The weather could not make up it's mind on Saturday. Sunny, rain, sunny, rain. It made for some interesting clouds heading home on Highway 99W.
|(Looks like a boot coming out of the clouds)|
|(Close up of boot cloud getting ready to stomp)|
I got home and put everything away and Troubadour sent me a text and let me know he was on his way home. With being outside in the elements all afternoon I figured he needed a big bowl of soup for dinner.
One of the benefits of a cool wet spring is that soup season has been extended.
I decided on one of our favorites; potato onion soup. Not a traditional potato soup. It is lighter and we like it better.
|(5 cups sliced red potatoes cooking in 3 cups un-chicken stock)|
|(3 medium onions sliced thin and sauteed/caramelized until soft)|
When the potatoes are soft - about 15 minutes I break them into smaller pieces using a spoon or potato masher.
When the potatoes are soft and the onions cooked, add the onions to the potato mixture as well as 2 cups of soy milk (or cow's milk). Add fresh ground pepper to taste and voila.
|(finished potato onion soup)|
The original recipe calls for cooking bacon then sauteing the onions in the bacon drippings, but I use a little liquid smoke for the same flavor boost to the onions and then top with a few soy bacon bits instead. I also substitute unsweetened soy milk for the moo cow milk.
|(Soup topped with Tofutti vegan sour cream, Daiya vegan cheddar, fresh ground pepper, and soy bacon bits)|
The recipe makes 4 big bowls. We ate it Saturday night and then had the leftovers for dinner on Sunday.
|(Leftovers patiently waiting to be put in the fridge)|
Here is the complete recipe:
Potato Onion Soup
6 slices of Bacon (optional - can use liquid smoke instead)
5 cups sliced Red Potatoes
3 cups Water
1 Tbsp instant chicken bouillon (I used Better than Bouillon vegan no-chicken base)
3 medium Onions, sliced thin
2 cups Milk (or unsweetened soy milk)
Fresh ground black pepper to taste
** Sour cream, green onions, shredded cheddar, and bacon bits are optional for toppings.
1. In large skillet cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Remove bacon, reserving 1 tablespoon of drippings in skillet. Drain bacon on paper towel. Crumble bacon and set aside.
2. In large saucepan/stockpot combine water, bouillon, and sliced potatoes. Bring to a boil and reduce heat. Simmer covered about 15 minutes until potatoes are tender.
3. Meanwhile cooked sliced onions in reserved bacon drippings over medium-low heat for 8-10 minutes or until tender and golden.
4. Do not drain potatoes. Use a spoon or masher to break potatoes into smaller pieces. Stir in bacon, onions, milk and pepper and heat through. If desired season to taste with additional pepper.
- Bon Appetit
"Only the pure in heart can make a good soup." - Ludwig Von Beethoven