We love Friday! Calixa and Hermione have had a standing play date on Fridays nearly the whole three years Calixa’s been in existence. The two girls get along as well as two girls under the age of five can. For my part, I think I look forward to Fridays more than my child does because Hermione’s mom, Goldy, is a good friend and probably the best cook I’ve even known. We always hang out in the kitchen when we are together and when there isn’t a screaming baby, she (and sometimes me) will cook something we can all enjoy.
We always start with a milky chai tea, sweet, spicy and fulfilling and then once the kids are under control, we move onto lunch. One day might be noodles with a creamy pepper and spinach sauce and the next, curry chicken with just the right blend of spice and sauce. Together we’ve devoured squash soup, fresh garden vegetables and loads of homemade baking.
Today Goldy appeared at our house with a bag of produce: carrots and mushrooms … what to make, what to make?
We started with an easy one, something the kids would actually eat: cheese toast for the pip squeaks and sauteed crimini mushrooms on toasted sourdough au gratin for us big ‘uns.
Then came the soup. Company’s Coming Soups provided the perfect basis for a carrot concoction. Here’s what we made:
In a large pot combine:
3 Tbsp oil
1 onion, diced
5 carrots, peeled and diced
2 ribs celery, diced
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1/2 tsp salt
2 Tbsp brown sugar
1/2 inch ginger, chopped
Let these ingredients soften on medium heat until the onions and celery look kinda translucent then add
3 c. vegetable stock
Simmer for 10 minutes
Remove from heat and add
1 Tbsp peanut Butter
1/4 c. cream cheese (I just happened to have some homemade stuff in the fridge)
1 Tbsp soy sauce
Whiz everything up with an immersion blender.
Goldy and I both ate too much and the comments from the peanut gallery went like this:
H- “I really like the cheesy-bread Kim-auntie! I really like it. May I please have some more?”
C- “I like cheese pizza!”
* Sigh, you can bring a horse to water but you can’t make it drink the healthy, carrot infused deliciousness. We finished with Judy’s cookies of course!