Cheddar Cheese Potato SoupThis
stops colds in their tracks
The super creamy & delicious way - for when you've been very very
good or feel very very bad
- 2 tablespoons butter or olive oil, but butter is best
cloves garlic, chopped small or pressed if you have a press. Garlic
presses are fun!
- 3 medium-sized potatoes diced
- 1 tsp thyme
- 1.5 cups milk*
- 1.5 cups cheddar
grated. use as much as you like. I like about twice this much.
Okay, three times.
- salt, black pepper, paprika, cayenne or
whatever spices you like. It's your soup!
Melt butter in large pot. Add onions & garlic. Cook till tender but
not screaming tender. Not quite brown.
Add potatoes, chicken stock*,
thyme and bring to a boil. Make sure you don't watch.
Reduce heat &
cover. Cook for 25 minutes or so, until the
potatoes are cooked.
Remove half the soup and puree it. Reunite the
puree with the rest of the soup. Yay! Together again!
Add the milk*.
Bring just to a boil, stirring and
* So, if you have been less good or feel not so bad or if you don't have
any milk, you can also substitute more chicken stock for the milk.
You can also top up the chicken stock with white wine for the first,
boiling-potatoes stage. White wine cooks the potatoes and thyme with
good, good flavour. Oh, it will still be
a creamy soup because of the pureed potatoes, but will be more
brothy creamy and less cream-of-anything creamy.
AND you can
Grab a bunch, steam it and then puree the fuzzy tree
bits. Add the green puree to the second stage of the soup when you add
the other puree.
For the stalks, peel off the tough bits & discard,
chop the good, tender bits, pretend they're potatoes and add them to
the stock and potatoes and thyme and wine.
After you follow
all the other instructions, presto! You have broccoli cheese potato
This is not so decadent because it's less creamy. And broccoli
is a good source of vitamins.
Garnish with a
sprinkle of reggiano parmesan. And nice, crusty bread.
Ontario Oven FriesEat with
grilled foods or alone as an emergency potato fix
- potatoes x 3
- olive oil x 1 tbsp
- paprika x 1 tbsp
x 1 tbsp
- any other spices you can think of. complimentary spices,
you know, like garlic powder, oregano, chili powder, thyme, la la.
mix the oil and spices in a bowl
wash & cut the potatoes into strips
of edible size. that's the torture part, so make sure you are playing
suitably thrashy music. Pantera is good. Or Celine Dion.
potatoes into the bowl of goo and mix 'em up
throw 'em on a slightly
oiled cookie sheet. make sure they're not touching each other, or
they'll get busy chatting and will forget to cook.
the oven should
already be heated to 425 degrees Celsius. i probably forgot to mention
it, but you should have known.
put the potatoes in for 15
minutes, them flip 'em over and cook till done.
some freakish people
put stuff on their potatoes. if you do that, don't tell me about it.
actually, hot sauce is okay but that's about it.
listen for the screams.