There’s a good chance I’ll be moving into a house! A real house! (with hardly more counterspace than my current apartment, which wouldn’t be nearly as charming without owning this URL – but there’s lots of room to add furniture, shelving, and counters)
As part of looking forward to moving all of my belongings, I have a goal of not buying any groceries all month. I’ve already caved with a packet of soba noodles, but they’re small and light and I was in Chinatown.
So I’m going through my mind and reviewing what’s in my pantry, refrigerator, and freezer and pondering how they’d match together.
Okay, so I’ve been overeating because as soon as I come up with another plan for food, I have to do it right away, but still.
I’ve finished off three lingering containers of loose tea. Yay!
And I’ve started a plan for soup –
- I have a bunch of leeks
- I’ve pulled a random/unidentified cut of beef from the freezer to thaw
- I have several large cans of black beans
- I have an open jar of pipian sauce
Only I was pondering this potential soup in my mouth, and I think it will not be pleasing to have chunks of meat in this soup.
My first thought, of course, was, “Oooo… if only I had bought a meat grinder for my recently acquired Kitchenaid.” (thanks, @geeksdo1tbetter) And, yeah, that would be lovely… but let’s be honest that it probably isn’t really something I want until I also own a dishwasher. And, either way, I don’t have one.
So the only other way I know to get a pleasing texture will be shredding the beef with slow braising. And, ~whine~ … I don’t want the soup to take that long.
But, on the plus side, it will help heat the house.
So here’s the rough draft of the soup plan:
Beef Black Bean Soup
In medium saucepan
- can of tomatoes
- red wine
- 1 tsp pipian (to get the flavor started in the meat, but I’m not sure about its pH and texture and all, so not too much)
- -> braising
in large saucepan
- whites of leeks
- big can of black beans
- quart of stock
- -> cooked until beans are soft
- -> add beef
- -> add more pipian to taste
in large skillet
- greens of leeks
- 2 tsp oil
- -> fried hard over high heat for greasy, salty, delicious garnish of joy