Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Baby Steps Back to Hot Meals

We're calling this one "Salad Soup." The weather is cooperating, allowing us to use the stove again, but we're still not interested in a big, steaming bowl of anything. So I calmed this dish down with cool green vegetables.
I wouldn't even be posting about it, but it came out so pretty, Cranky insisted on a photo.
It's a quasi-vegetarian version of pozole (I used chicken stock that had been simmered with fresh, empty pea pods). No meat chunks in this soup, but the heft comes from a can of rinsed white hominy. The flavor comes from onion, garlic, tomatillo and jalapeño.
We decorated the soup with cilantro, lettuce, cubed avocado, white cheese (feta and dry Jack), and a nice squeeze of lime.
It was surprisingly filling.
I think it put Cranky to sleep; I haven't heard a peep from him for the last 15 minutes or so.

10 comments:

kudzu said...

What a nice recipe for just when I am thinking I might be able to cook again! Hominy in anything is great with me. I like your combination of cools and hots. As for Cranky, it does my heart good when a man enjoys his vittles and I'm sure you feel the same way.

Dagny said...

I love pozole. I might have to try this variation if I ever find the energy to enter the kitchen again.

kathyF said...

I make vegetarian posole soup using hominy too. I had it at an Italian restaurant in Albuquerque, and finally recreated it in my kitchen. It's muy delicious!

Glenna said...

It's beautiful and sounds delicious. I'm printing this one off to try.

sher said...

I also love pozole. Glad the heat is coming down for you. We're still up there in the 100's, but they say it will go down to the 90's this weekend. I bet they're just toying with me.

cookiecrumb said...

Yeah, Kudzu, I had forgotten how much good flavor there is in hominy.
Dagny, et al: I was so worried I might have "overpersonified" this impromptu salad-soup by calling it pozole, but I looked up a bunch of recipes and it's pretty right-on! Eep. How did I know that?
So, Glenna -- tweak it, tinker with it... I saw recipes that piled sliced radishes on top. It can be yet another version of "cream of bottom of the refrigerator soup": just keep using up goodies you find in the crisper drawer...
:D

michelle said...

This sounds really delicious! I love pazole. The first time I checked it the picture wasn't up yet, so I was going to give you a bit of a tease, but now that I'm back and have time to comment, it's up and looking yummy as ever (I suppose I'll have to save my teasing for another day!). Stay cool there - we're pretty darn hot up here too, but I'm glad it's starting to get a bit cooler - whew!

drbiggles said...

I'm easing myself back in to warm meals with a FC pork roast. It's about 65 or less here, so it's easier.

Xo

Gustad said...

pooooozul

Glenna said...

"Cream of bottom of the fridge"???That was SOOOO funny! High Five.