Archive for January, 2008

Beans and Greens

January 30, 2008

Kale, Chard, Garnet Yam and Speckled Bean Soup

Beans and Greens Soup:

This was basically my attempt to avoid the inevitable rotting of all my beautiful and potentially delicious vegetables. I love soups and stews like this. When you start cooking, you’re never quite sure what you might end up with, but you tweak, and you tweak, and with any luck, you’re left with a delicious soup that you’ve never had before. If you ask me, that is really the ideal way to cook.

As for next time, I would leave out the speckled beans and use chickpeas or cannelini beans instead, I think I like them better, but it’s completely up to you.

So, here’s what went in:

1T extra virgin olive oil

1 yellow onion, chopped

3 or 4 carrots, chunked

3 stalks of celery, chopped

5 cloves of garlic

2 garnet yams, cut into 1 inch pieces

1 1/2 bunches of green kale, chopped

2 or 3 cubes of vegan bullion

1 bunch of chard, chopped

about 1 1/2 cups of these speckled beans (I can’t remember what they’re called!), boiled to soften

Generous salt and pepper

Warm the olive oil for a minute or so over medium-low heat and then drop in the onions, carrots, celery and garlic. Let them saute and soften for a few minutes. Season with salt and pepper (be conservative, you can always add more later)!

Add the yams and beans, followed by the vegan bullion cubes. Add water to cover, then put a lid on your pot, turn the heat down low and leave it all to chill for about 20 minutes or until the potatoes and beans are tender (I personally like my potatoes a little disintegrate-y).

Come back and add the greens, maybe a little bit more salt and pepper (to taste) and then cover once more and let the greens steam. This should only take a couple of minutes.

That’s it! It really is that simple. Make sure the seasoning is to your liking, and then go to town on this delicious, healthy soup.


    Well everyone, here I am.

    January 30, 2008


    Well, after a good six months or so of spying quietly on other people’s food blogs, I’ve decided to finally start my own. Whew! Here’s a quick history of my ventures in the food blogging world so far… My very first taste (excuse the pun.. really, I didn’t mean it!) was Cupcake Bakeshop by Chockylit, soon followed by Alpineberry, Chocolate and Zucchini and 101 Cookbooks. I frequented those four pretty regularly and made a serious habit of wowing family members with Clotilde’s “melt in your mouth chocolate cake.” Oh, but little did I know, little did I understand the enormity of the food blogging world!

    In the past few months I’ve discovered so many wonderful blogs. Some of the ones I really find myself going back to again and again are:

    Vegan Yum Yum, Bake and Destroy, Tartelette, Orangette, FatFree Vegan Kitchen, and Post Punk Kitchen. I still cook from 101 cookbooks all the time too. So to all these lovely ladies, thank you!!

    So, here we go, onwards and upwards. The journey begins here. I can’t wait to get started.