It was definitely one of these days.
So, my husband is away for work, my daughter is away too on a school camp for the first time, and I’m staying home on a cold winter night with my youngest, trying to think of something super quick to cook for dinner but can’t really decide, so I ask my son: what would you like for dinner… he goes: something warm I go: soup and bread? he goes: yes! but can you make this yummy green one? I go: spinach? he’s like: yesss! that one. I love it!
I enter my kitchen, after a long frustrating day. I get my ingredients out, making sure I got them all, thinking there is no way I’m getting out of this comfy pyjamas, just to go buy a missing ingredient, forget it! So, spinach ..check! onions.. check! cream .. check! garlic .. check! Good, got them all! now where is my knife?? I have one favourite knife, I’ve had it for years and I simply cannot function in the kitchen with out it. I can’t find it! I’m looking in the fridge, garbage bin, behind the cabinet.. everywhere… errrg! a good 20 mins until I finally find it on one of the pantry shelves .. what the hell? how did it get in there?? anyway, now I’m back to cooking this soup, after my heart skipped a beat from the fear of losing my beloved knife. feeeww!!
I get my chicken stock out and start to cut onions, crush garlic and wash the spinach.. it really takes no time to prepare this soup if you have a stock ready, or if you’re just having a normal day. So, I finish cooking it and then the time comes when I have to wait for the soup to cool down before blending! I’m preparing my bread and yogurt and I can smell something burning!! oh gosh!! the tip of my kitchen towel is burning on the stove! I run to the stove and put the small fire out before it gets bigger.. I look at the towel it’s half burnt .. so in the bin it goes! saying to myself : it could have been worse at least we are safe .. fewww!
Seriously thinking now, should I just stop here and order a pizza or something? no .. only one step left and I am done!
Now back to the soup .. I think it’s ok now .. I touch it.. it’s still hot! emm.. it’s ok .. no I should wait.. but .. actually, it should be fine if I do it in two batches.. “background noise” muuuum I’m staaaarving!! is the food ready?? I pour the first batch in my small blender (too lazy to do it in the bigger one), I see the steam coming out and still I put the lid on and push the start button … SPLASH!! OMG !!!!! did this just happen??? the biggest explosion EVER??!!! My son jumps off the couch into the kitchen in a split of a second, and sees me with green slime (that’s what he says) covering my whole body from head to toe and everywhere else in the kitchen and I mean EVERYWHERE!!
I’m still pausing at this stage not knowing how funny this looks, I then walk slowly to the nearest mirror with my son, I can see his face trying to hold a laugh .. I look at myself and we both instantly crack up laughing.. hahaha!
I go back to the kitchen and it’s like the spinach soup just hit the fan.. wow!! I see spinach leaves on the ceiling, I can also see a long night cleaning up .. I gather my thoughts and decide to finish this, so I blend the other batch of soup which is just enough for Malek and I ..
I have to admit though, it was a really good laugh that I needed at the end of this reeeally messy day!
I clean up a bit, change my clothes and take these final shots, and now you know why the blender step is missing in the photos .. lesson learnt ‘blend your soup ONLY when it cools down’ common sense really!
I have to say I was so happy to finally sit down, relax and enjoy a beautiful sunset while sipping on this delicious heart warming winter soup. Hope you like it as much as we do .. ciao!
- 3 tablespoons of light olive oil
- 1 large brown onion chopped
- 2 cloves garlic
- 3 medium potatoes, chopped coarsely
- 3 cups of chicken stock
- 2 cups of water
- 250 g of trimmed spinach, chopped or just as is
- 250 ml of thickened cream
- Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper to taste (1-2 teaspoons of sea salt)
- juice of half a lemon
- yogurt balls for serving (optional) you can use feta cheese too
- crusty bread of your choice(I used sourdough cob)
- lemon wedges for serving
- heat oil in a saucepan, cook onion for 2 mins or until softens.
- add garlic, stirring for one more min
- add potatoes, stir and then add the stock and water
- bring to the boil and then reduce heat, simmer, covered for 15-20mins until potato is tender.
- turn the heat off, stir in the spinach and leave to cool for at least 20 mins.
- meanwhile prepare the bread and yogurt balls or feta cheese to serve on the side.
- blend or process soup, in batches, until smooth.
- return soup to cleaned saucepan, add cream and season with salt and pepper to taste.
- stir over medium heat until hot.
- serve bowls of soup with bread, yogurt balls or cheese and lemon wedges