We had a little cold snap this weekend, so my mind turned to warm soothing soup for dinner. I got out a few cookbooks and found a tasty red bell pepper soup with lime in, “The Ultimate Healthy Eating Cookbook”, and a wonderful roasted pepper & tomato soup in, “Cristina’s Tuscan Table.” I used elements of both recipes and some ingredients of my own to make my easy recipe Double Red Shrimp Soup.
I chose to use 4 shrimp per bowl but if you want more in your bowl go for it!
recipe serve 4
16 shrimp (25 count)
1 Qt Vegetable Stock
1 C Water
3 Red Bell Peppers – seeded and chopped.
3 Roma Tomatoes – quarter cut
1 Yellow Onion – chopped
1 Lime – juiced
1 Lime – cut into slices for garnish
1 Clove Garlic minced
1 Tbsp Cilantro – chopped
1/2 Tsp Fresh Thyme – minced
1/2 tsp Cumin Seed – crushed
1 tsp. Olive Oil
salt and pepper to taste
Add olive oil to a large soup pot, heat and add pepper, onion, and garlic. Saute until tender.
Add tomatoes, cumin, fresh thyme and stir.
Add 1/2 quart of vegetable stock, cilantro, and lime juice.
After the mixture is at a strong simmer reduce heat and with a hand held submersible mixer pur’ee the ingredients in the pot.
Add the remaining 1/2 quart of vegetable stock along with 1 cup of water, salt and pepper, and bring to boil. Reduce heat to simmer for 20 minutes or longer as need be for your dinner plans.
Just before serving bring soup to a boil and add the shrimp. Cook shrimp for 4 minutes at a light boil.
Plate soup with 4 shrimp each and a garnish with fresh thyme and lime.
With all the recent news reports of senseless violence I’m having a little difficulty coming up with a light fun story this week. I’m taken by the paradox of our current society. We live in a schizophrenic world where technology has advanced to what was once only dreamed of in science fiction novels, yet the ancient savagery of mankind flourishes. The paradox is chilling to say the least.
Modern society has become so intricate and interdependent. When I was a kid we got our electrical power from a coal burning plant 35 miles out of town. Now, heaven only knows where the power in my home came into the grid.
The world’s finances are largely conducted in the surreal world of the web where a few strokes on a computer can transfer or delete assets that exist on the web only because we believe they exist.
We believe electrical power will come from somewhere and enter our homes as needed. We believe that cash, gold, and oil exist in the electronic web world and that it is transferable as needed. But, if the power goes off what then of those beliefs?
Huh. Belief. So much trust and belief in man made systems. Belief is possibly stronger than in any prior era. Problem is, the belief is in wonderful man made fallible systems, a golden calf if you would.
Occasionally I love to leave my cellphone on the table and venture forth into a quiet non-tech world, free to ponder marvelous systems much greater than those made by man.
Good Eating and Table Talk,
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