We’re soup eaters here. Big time soup eaters. It’s our catch-all dinner that requires no planning and leaves us feeling happy and sated. Yesterday was spring-cleaning day. And today too. And tomorrow too. Yes, our house is only 620 square feet (!), but it hasn’t received a thorough cleaning since we moved in. And frankly, a little re-organization was in order too.
So scrub-a dub-dub,
through the cabinets we dug,
and Emily squealed, “eeeww”.
Til the windows were clean
and the floor said, “bling, bling”
and finally the day was through.
(or something along those lines)
So anyway, back to the soup…which we didn’t think about until around 6:30 because we were, well, a little grimy.
May Day Soup (less a recipe and more of a method)
So I chopped a yellow onion and a head of fennel into a dice. Tossed it in the pot with some hot olive oil and bacon fat, and sweated it down over medium-low heat until it was tender. Then I tossed in a few tablespoons of mild chili paste and stirred awhile longer. When it started to barely stick to the bottom of the pan, I added a small can of whole-peeled tomatoes, breaking them up with my fingers as I added them, and poured in most of the juice as well.
Then I added a few leaves of marjoram and oregano, minced, and let the whole thing “soup” for a while over very low heat. After about 15 minutes, it looked like this.
I added some more of those yummy Brown Tepary Beans, and all of their cooking liquor, enough water to bring it to the right consistency, and salt. Then I let it “soup” again for about 10 more minutes. Right before serving, I threw in a handful of chopped sorrel. Then I ladled 1 serving into a small saute pan set over medium-low heat, and dropped a raw egg in the center to slowly poach.
I had to swirl it gently to get the top of the egg to cook evenly. Then I carefully poured it into our soup bowls. (It helps to slide a spoon under the egg as you’re pouring it into the bowl, so that it can be gently maneuvered in without breaking). Once it was all in, I dropped some raw peas in the bowl, and the heat of the soup cooked them perfectly. We had some bread sticks lying around too, which were de-lish as they became partly soggy in the soup!