So post-marraige has been blissful. The first few weeks saw me calling Mom and Doodle for the simplest recipies such as Onion Sambol because truthfully, I have been pampered all my life and never had to cook for myself or anyone ever. The funniest thing is, after the question "How's married life?", the next thing any Sri Lankan newlywed would be asked is, "Sooo....are you cooking?"... This irked me after a few months because its as if the man would die of hunger just because his mother's cooking wasn't at hand.
Geez. Give me a break.
Anyway, I digress. I am a happy recipe-book-buyer, and happened to come across a book called "Mmm...soups" at Arpico. After browsing through it, I was seriously face-palming myself at how frikking EASY making soups were. Seriously..if I had known this before...I'd be making soups all my life!!!
Anyway...so I made a few soups for a few months, inventive as I went along. One evening, I realized we had a whole beetroot left behind in the fridge and decided to make it into soup without telling Beetroot (Husband now affectionately called Beetroot from here onwards)...because he HATES beetroot for some odd reason.
Luckily, as Beet hungout in his man-cave (his TV/ surround sound/ Xbox room), I quickly whipped up the beet soup and added some leftover fish to make it a little more nuitrious.
NOTE TO SELF: NEVER add the fish with skin ON, into soup. Results may vary but my wonderful beet soup definitely had a weird fishy aftertaste.
Let me quickly share the recipie -
Take the beet, wash and cut into smallish square. Potatoes/ celery/ carrots can also be added as wished. Add some olive oil into a deep pan, add onions, garlic and let it sweat on low heat. Must sweat, not go brown. Add beet and other veggies, stir it a bit and let it be. Add stock. (I used diluted Ma's chicken stock power - but I fancy real stock must be much better)... Add the fish and let it boil, them simmer. Add salt and pepper to taste. Once the soup is amulgamated, sieve it, take off any fish bones, puree the vegetables and add back into the soup, add some milk or cream and serve.
For Dee's sexy croutons
Add olive oil into a flat pan, brown some squares of bread on it.
Serve soup into a bowl, add bread and top with a little grated cheese.
Serve to unsuspecting beet-hating Beet and watch in glee.
Beet liked the soup quite a bit and was pleasantly amused at the colour too. I must say this is one of my favorite soups to make and the colour is pretty rad too.