March 08, 2004

Beana on broðe

In a continuation of the theme of yesterday’s entry, today’s topic is last night’s dinner, bean soup:


This is a recipe of our own devising. We start off rendering a few slices of bacon, then adding some olive oil, diced carrots, celery, and onion. Once the mirepoix1 has been cooking for a while and the onion is translucent, we add our home-made beef broth and the already soaked and boiled beans (red kidney, navy, and romano beans). Next, we add the flavourings, this time a bay leaf, lovage, sage, salt, and pepper.

Then, we add the the vegetables, staggered depending on their individual cooking times: green beans, cauliflower, and broccoli, as well as the parsley. (We sometimes also include corn, but we forgot to buy a can this week and were disappointed to find that we didn’t have one on hand in our pantry as a matter of course. Clearly we’re barbarians!)

When the vegetables are close to being cooked, we add the orzo pasta2. Here is a picture of the soup bubbling away on the stove. Finally, after serving, we garnish with some more parsley. Healthy and very satisfying.

1The French term for the traditional flavour base consisting of carrots, celery, and onions.

2Small rice-shaped pasta.

Posted by Mark at March 8, 2004 04:25 PM

Oh, you barbarians! And you call it corn, too, when you should by right say maize. Oh!

Alright, that aside, what did it taste like, on a scale of one (bad) to ten (good)?

Posted by: Rethabile Masilo at March 9, 2004 12:47 AM

What we need here is a separate Recipe category, with details and its own RSS feed.

Hmm, or maybe a shared food-blog….

Also: can we come over?

Posted by: shaver at March 9, 2004 11:16 AM


Yes, I’m afraid corn is the accepted term in my central Canadian dialect. Language is a slippery thing.

As for the taste, it was certainly up there in the 8 range at least. Not necessarily the most sophisticated of soups, but definitely a yummie comfort food.

Posted by: Mark at March 9, 2004 09:00 PM


As for the blog categories, I’ve been assigning them since the beginning and was just waiting for the right time to put up a category index. Perhaps the time is soon…

I’d certainly take part in a group food blog. And I do think we should plan a food orgy in the near future…

Posted by: Mark at March 9, 2004 09:03 PM

I’m all for the food blog and the orgy. Right on. Eight, huh? That’s pretty good by anybody’s cook-o-metre. Bravo.

Posted by: Rethabile Masilo at March 9, 2004 09:31 PM