Wednesday, 2 May 2012

PPN Immunity boost spaghetti

As my mum was leaving after babysitting, Sylvia said, but we didn't do any craft.  She found some toilet rolls and wanted to make binoculars of them.  We got out her paints.  Then out come the glue, the sequins and the glitter.  Sylvia did her craft on half the kitchen table and I set about cooking soup on the other half.  It wouldn't pass any health and safety regulations but there was peace in the house.

It is fun helping Sylvia do craft.  I love playing with colours and creating something new.  Likewise I love some colours and creativity in dinner.

Last night I had some exciting vegetables from the Preston Farmers Market and had been unsure how to use them. Then I saw a healthy Immunity Boost Soup on Chit Chat Chomp.  My carrots were purple, white and orange, my beetroots were golden and I had parsnip and kale that was begging to be used.  I had tubular spaghetti rather than angel hair pasta. 

My soup was a different beast to the original recipe but rather good.  It took quite a while to peel and grate all the vegies, though some of my time was taken up with rationing out paint and supervising glitter sprinkles.  I also made a trip outside in the dark to work out which lemons on the tree were ripe enough to use.

I was a little dubious about using Italian-style pasta with Asian flavours but it worked.  Next time I would even use a bit of soy sauce instead of the salt.  This is true fusion cooking with Asian flavours, European root vegetables and Italian spaghetti. [Look at the golden beetroot below!  It is my first time using this variety of beetroot and I was delighted by its vibrant colour.] I've written the recipe as I made it, with chopping the vegies as I go.  I know that kitchen wisdom is to prepare ingredients beforehand but I am rarely organised enough to cook this way.

E looked at the stockpot at the end of the night.  We hadn't made much of a dent into the soup.  [Actually there was so little liquid that it was barely soup.  I've renamed it Immunity Boost Spaghetti.]  He asked if I was going to feed the whole street.  I shook my head and filled some tubs and froze them for work lunches.  Something to make me look forward to work.

I am sending this to Ruth of Once Upon a Feast for Presto Pasta Nights #262, an event full of pasta inspiration.

Previously on Green Gourmet Giraffe:
One year ago: Cheesy pancakes and a breakfast event
Two years ago: Butterscotch layer cake
Three years ago: Surprising Beetroot Risotto
Four years ago: What does a pagan eat anyway?
Five years ago: Waiter waiter there’s a shark in my chilli non carne 

Immunity boost spaghetti 
Adapted from Chit Chat Chomp
Serve 8-10

500g spaghetti
1 tsp oil
1/2 brown onion
1 leek
3 cloves garlic
3 carrots (I used a mix of purple, orange and white)
2 medium beetroot (I used golden)
2 parsnips
1/2 bunch of kale
2 tbsp finely grated ginger
1 tsp chilli paste
6 cups water
3 tsp stock powder
2 tsp salt (next time I would substitute some soy sauce)
3 tbsp white miso
1/4 cup boiling water
juice of 2 medium lemons

Cook spaghetti (I used my pasta insert for my stockpot to cook this much) according to instructions or for 9-10 minutes.  Drain and set aside.

Meanwhile chop onion and leek, finely chop garlic.  Heat oil in a large stockpot and fry onion, leek and garlic for 5-10 minutes or until softening.  While these cook, grate carrots, beetroot and parsnips.  Add to pot and cook for about 5-10 minutes or until softening.  Add ginger and chilli paste.  Stir for about a minute.  Add water, stock powder and salt.  Bring to the boil.  Meanwhile finely slice kale.  Add to the pot as soon as it is ready.  When saucepan boil, reduce heat and simmer for about 5 minutes.

Add cooked spaghetti and stir in until it has heated through - only a few minutes.  Mix white miso into boiling water.  Add miso mix and lemons into soup and stir well.  Serve hot.

On the Stereo:
The Captain: Kasey Chambers

21 comments:

  1. I'm glad this turned into thick soup and thus spaghetti - thick soup is the best sort, and having leftovers is something I'm always happy about (as you say, work lunches are then sorted). I love the vegetable mix too - lots of fun things in there. I couldn't help wondering if there was any glitter in the end too? ;) That would make things colourful!

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    1. Thanks Kari - E often comments that a spoon can stand up in many soups I make! I love thick soup too, and love lunch leftovers (though our freezer is chocka right now). I don't think there was any glitter in dinner but glitter does have an unnerving way of appearing in odd places days after we play with it.

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  2. What a lovely assortment of vegetables to work with. I think you chose a great recipe to showcase all these flavours. xx

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    1. Thanks Charlie - I was worried it would be grey slush but it worked out well

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  3. I love the look of all of those fabulous veges - and the spaghetti sounds delish. Isn't it great that at home we can do as we please without having to satisfy the health and safety police - it sounds like a very cosy arrangement, and so nice to have Sylvia close to hand while you are cooking but out of harm's way.

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    1. Thanks Cakelaw - whenever people ask if I would like to cook professionally I think about how hard it would be to please the health and safety police - I prefer cosy :-) And it is necessary to keep an eye on sylvia these days

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  4. Sylvia is very talented and good at decorating! And I never thought to make binoculars from toilet roll insides!

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    1. Thanks Lorraine - am sure you would be amused to see Sylvia sitting on Windy Hill (aka the sofa) looking through her binoculars to me - always gives me a laugh

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  5. I love meals that are so chock full of veggies! This pasta looks great!

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    1. Thanks Joanne - that is why I love your recipes - so many vegies!

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  6. I like the sound of the flavours and all the veggies in this recipe. This reminds me of a soup I used to make with noodles which was quite thin on the first day and the leftovers would hardly have any liquid.

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    1. Thanks Mel - pasta is amazing how it soaks up the liquid and becomes swollen with it - like a little mosquito but yummy rather than annoying :-)

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  7. What a wonderful post. I love the joyous chaos of cooking and crafting all in the same space. The binoculars are beautiful and the spaghetti/soup warms my heart. Thanks for sharing with Presto Pasta Nights.

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    1. Thanks Ruth - cooking and crafting together equals cosy - and messy :-) Actually it is quite messy when the bits float off the binoculars too but it is worth it when it is so much fun

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  8. I like the sound of the miso and lemon at the end. Should add great flavour

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    1. Thanks So simple - have lemons on the tree and am trying to use them - and miso in the fridge the gets neglected too much - so it is win win

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  9. These look wonderful! And make me wish I could eat pasta!

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    1. Thanks Kath - I too wish you could eat pasta, it is such a great comfort some nights but there are times when I barely eat it too

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  10. I do that, I make too much. I does look good and will be perfect for lunch. Tell Sylvia I love her binoculars x

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    1. Thanks Jac - I love these stews with heaps of leftovers - it is quite a while since I have had lots of leftover soup in the freezer and I am loving it for lunch

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  11. Well, any dish that makes one look forward to work is well worth all that chopping and grating! It sounds like a great fusion dish, the kind of thing I love to make. And I could just imagine the scene of you and Sylvia with the glitter and the paint and the veggies all on one tabletop! ;)

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