So without any further delay: the recipe.
Roasted Carrot Ginger SoupI followed the recipe closely, with the exception of the fresh chives, which I omitted since I couldn't go snip them from Susie's garden. After sampling, the family declared the heirloom recipe worthy of its heritage.
1 1/2 lbs carrots, peeled and halved lengthwise
1 lb parsnips, peeled and quartered lengthwise
1 large onion, sliced
3 inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
6 tbsp butter
3 tbsp packed dark-brown sugar
8 cups chicken broth
Salt to taste
Pinch of cayenne pepper
1/4 cup creme fraiche
Snipped fresh chives, for garnish
Preheat oven to 350.
Combine carrots, parsnips, onion and ginger in a shallow roasting pan to fit. Dot with butter and sprinkle with brown sugar.
Pour 2 cups of broth into the pan, cover well with foil and bake until vegetables are very tender, about 2 hours.
Transfer the vegetables and broth to a large pot; add the remaining 6 cups of broth, salt and cayenne pepper. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer, partially covered, for 10 minutes.
Puree the soup in blender or food processor, adding more broth if necessary. (We use a stick hand blender.) Return the soup to the pot; adjust the seasonings and heat through. Serve each portion dolloped with a teaspoon of creme fraiche (plain yogurt works, or sour cream diluted with some whipping cream) and sprinkled with chives.
Serves: 10 people
|The kids decided that such a special meal deserved its very own menu and name cards.|
This wasn't the only special meal of the week. On Valentine's Day, the entire family was treated to a meal at Cupid's Crazy Cafe.
The kids helped us get into the Valentine spirit with lots of decorations.
Everyone received their own menu and chose between some unusual dishes: Huggin', Cuddlin', Snugglin', Squeezin', Smoochin', Kissin', and Lovin'.
In the end, everyone was served chicken cordon bleu over rice,strawberry-pecan spinach salad, cranberry focaccia, raspberry-cranberry jello, heart-shaped carrots, cran-raspberry drink, chocolate covered strawberries, and a straw, albeit in very unusual sequences.
In the end, Cupid's Crazy Cafe was a fabulously fun and fantastically fatiguing. It will certainly need a year to recover before I am crazy enough to consider it again.
Last but not least, we made these adorable twist heart hairstyles, courtesy of cutegirlshairstyles.com. Our styles may not look quite as perfect as the demo, but hey, they'd already survived a day of school, plus we managed to actually style the baby.
Hope everyone had a delightful Valentine's Day!
Oh, and before I forget, here are my Triathlon totals:
Running: 16.5 miles
Swimming: 1.3 miles
Biking: 70.5 miles
I'm definitely more than halfway there, but we'll see what next week brings. If everything stays according to plan, we're supposed to close on a house and move most of our belongings, so life will certainly be busy! Wish us luck... We'll need it.