Dejection Soup

My mom said to me that this is a low week, you know, that time during the year when nothing very fun is happening for anyone.  I thought about it and had to agree.  The economy is doing its thing limping along, people are out of work and out of money and hope, the holidays are over and the festive decorations need to be put away, the house needs to be cleaned thoroughly and there are no holidays to look forward to soon except for Valentine’s (unless you are not in a relationship, then Valentine’s is in itself its own sad hell).

I have been trying to keep busy and keep a brave face and keep going with the chin held high but the fact is that I have the blues and I just have to admit it.

My main source of comfort previously available to me is cooking but over Christmas my mojo decided to depart to points south without me.  I was reading another blogger’s post about how she too has lost her cooking mojo and the impact it had on her psyche, and there is a modicum of comfort knowing that I am not alone.  Some people would say that this blah time of year has to do with astrological signs, Mercury in retrograde and all of that, and others have told me that it is due to the weather and lack of sunshine.  And all of the reasons above.

Whatever the reason, how does one get over feeling low?  Some options came to me, such as my old stand by to hunker down and weather the storm.  Or have a large chilled Le Bourget cocktail whilst in a bubble bath.  Or watch the Hallmark channel and let the tears flow over a hopeless romantic love that has a happy ending, so unlike my story.  Or escape to a small tropical island and live in a hammock for a while (look out Joanie, you did offer!).   I did the next best thing.

I put on some bright lipstick.

And made soup.  Dejection soup.

A friend from years past had a theory that when you are feeling blue that you should eat orange colored foods.  She would stock up on cantelopes, oranges, carrots, those orange cupcakes from Hostess and Mimolette cheese during low points.   Ascribing to this theory may sound silly but with this inspiration I made soup in the most dejected frame of mind.   It’s sort of orange, I suppose but most importantly, it tasted good, it was easy to make (foolproof) and it didn’t make a lot of dishes.

Herewith, soup, courtesy of Katy, whoever she is…

lycopene cream with grilled cheese sandwich

KATY’s LYCOPENE CREAM

3 onions, chopped
4 stalks celery, chopped
4 carrots, peeled and chopped (I generally just scrub my carrots)

* Finely mince these in a food processor and then saute in 4T olive oil for about 15 minutes, until soft.  Add 3 big cans (30 oz.) crushed tomatoes and 1T dried basil and cook for at least thirty minutes (an hour would be good, because you don’t want any crunchiness at all in the vegetables.)

Stir in:

8oz. low fat sour cream
1 c. milk
1/2 c. finely minced parsley (italian parsley is best) –food processor is good for this
3T salt
1T white pepper
(sprinkle of fresh dill)

Add the milk and sour cream and reheat to piping hot but not boiling.  A nice warm bowl of tomato soup and a nice toasted cheese sandwich is just the best.  Also, try varying the cheese, my favorite is goat cheese.

Note: I never make a full recipe.  I use 1 onion, 1 celery rib, 1 carrot and one can of tomatoes for soup for 2 servings.  Or for one dejected person.  Just add a dash of milk to thin out and a dollop of sour cream to achieve that perfect creamy red-orange.  I prefer to use my immersion blender to smooth is all out.

This soup is a little bowl of love you can give yourself.

Lycopene Cream

I especially like making it with the Yes We Can tomatoes from this summer:
Yes, we can
(pretty, pretty)

I hope on a cold, wintry day when you are having a low week you too will try a bowl of Dejection Soup.  Or is it Anti-Dejection Soup?  Happily for me it is helping to lift my spirits a tad.

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7 responses to “Dejection Soup

  1. I’m sorry you’re feeling blue. It’s impossible to be down in my house in January – the holidays are over, but both kids’ birthdays fall in mid-January, so we are busy busy busy (too busy!) until nearly February.

    When I am blue, though, here’s my surefire cure: LOUD dance music, singing at the top of my lungs, and calling my college boyfriend. Always works.

  2. yum looks so good! wish i were closer my friend! we could hang out, not that i’m a miracle cure but it would be fun! did you get your letter about blogher food 10?

  3. Heather – I’ll bet you upstairs neighbor would love the singing and zippy music! Heh, heh, heh.

  4. Pingback: Bacon Jam and Grilled Cheese Sandwiches « Heather in SF

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