Red Pepper Soup

Work life balance no more. I had been the only designer at a small internet startup for years… until the Big Bang explosion of success had happened and the company began expanding like a mushroom cloud. In what  feels like a blink, my design department grew to 5-people, with 3 more open recs, and I had metamorphosed from a laid-back designer into a busy butterfly… I mean a creative director.

As a result, all those carefree evenings that had been dedicated exclusively to cooking and Cucing are now partially devoted to work.

Last Saturday, while my children focused their attention on the new set of Pokemon cards, I got awarded with a few free hours of “me” time.  So, I decided to spend it in my abandoned sanctuary – the Kitchen.

I flipped through my shiny new cookbook and landed on a recipe that was bookmarked with a torn piece of sunday paper. A quick little soup: small number of steps, little prep work, short cooking time – all seemed very attractive and, more importantly, doable in the limited amount of time that I had.

I jotted down the required ingredients missing from my pantry, flew to WholeFoods and back, and quickly crafted the soup.

This little dish surely packed in a whole lota flavor. Slightly tangy, a little sweet, very fresh, light and summery, it was gone in a blink of an eye, praised with the thumbs up from all of my gazillion kids (OK, just two, but handful like a gazillion) and one very unaware husband.

The following day I woke up super early and repeated the soup, making minor modifications and doubling the recipe. I cucee-graphed it and went back to the book to copy the recipe for the blog. As my eye accidentally landed on the opposite side of the book fold, I froze and then burst out laughing, waking up the rest of the household.

You see, I made the WRONG SOUP! How did that happen? – you ask.  I’ll tell you. Thrilled to be awarded with two hours of creative cooking time, I got so excited that I accidentally followed a  recipe on the wrong side of the bookmark. I never really bookmarked the Red Pepper Soup for it isn’t really a type of soup that normally catches my attention; my intention was to cook the Lentil soup from the adjacent page.

Well, this accidental find became one fortunate mistake.  So, I am now seriously considering introducing more randomness in deciding our family meals from this point forward.

So, ladies and gentlemen, may I present to you the never-planned-to-be-made, work-is-taking-over-my-life, Red Pepper Soup.

Red Pepper Soup

Ever so slightly adapted from from the Soup & Bread Cookbook

Ingredients

Directions

  1. In a large soup pot, heat olive oil to point of fragrance.
  2. Saute garlic, 4 diced red peppers, celery and onion in the oil.
  3. Add coriander and saute for another 1-2 minutes.
  4. Transfer to blender together with the vegetable broth and blend until smooth.
  5. Transfer to pot, add coconut milk and lemon juice.
  6. Add bell pepper to pot and cook on low-medium for 20 minutes.
  7. Add the asparagus.
  8. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Add basil. Simmer for 15 minutes or until asparagus is tender yet still crunchy.

 

Wine pairing

This vegetable focused dish is great with Paul Dolan Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc lightly herbal citrusy nature.

 

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  • Debs @ The Spanish Wok August 28, 2012, 8:23 AM

    OMG this soups looks wonderful and a beautiful colour. All the best dishes come from mistakes LOL

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  • Cucee August 28, 2012, 4:35 PM

    And now this soup recipe is on Foodgawker as well http://foodgawker.com/post/2012/08/27/187600/

  • Anna August 28, 2012, 6:52 PM

    Pretty soup

  • Sasha August 31, 2012, 9:52 PM

    I created a similar recipe a looong time ago. Coconut milk sounds like a great addition though.
    And I guess congrats on your promotion…?

  • Denise da silva bastos September 2, 2012, 4:47 PM

    Your blog is just gorgeous! Congratulation for your recipies and photos. i’m so happy I found your blog!

  • sunidhi September 15, 2012, 5:38 PM

    Hi, This looks very yummy and mouth watering. definitely i will try and let u know. you have described it really good anyone can follow it . thanks for a wonderful recipe.

  • idebenone November 5, 2012, 7:37 AM

    Sweet potatoes…love them in everything. I make a creamy sweet potato soup, but have never tried it with red pepper. Looking forward to making your recipe!

  • Regina December 23, 2013, 11:27 PM

    Fainochka, I enjoyed reading your blog…The soup sounds lovely

  • plasterer bristol June 1, 2015, 10:04 PM

    This sounds lovely. Going to give this a go. thanks for sharing this recipe.

    Simon

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