Ahhh Thursday night. So close to the weekend. And (usually) the evening of Lucy and Ethel’s weekly “date”. Anyone with a best girlfriend should consider a weekly or even twice monthly night “date. Have your friend over for dinner. Take a walk or exercise together. Have adult conversations! Trust us, it is a life saver for both Lucy and Ethel. Maybe we are lucky that Ricky works nights and Fred has numerous evening hobbies. Anyway point being we can usually swing a date on Thursdays to just have girl time. That was how we began blogging together.And that is also how our newest idea was born: trying out new recipes and bringing them to you via our blog. So here is the first installment: A faux potato soup and a peanut buttery good dessert.
We weren’t sure how cooking together would go because, let’s face it, whenever Lucy and Ethel start out on an adventure together it can get a little messy. Also, we are both very independent in the kitchen and well, cooking takes time. We have a hard enough time fitting in a yoga session and a good chat let alone cook a meal together!
But this week we decided that we would find a recipe or two and give cooking together a try. The food turned out great and the kitchen wasn’t a total disaster once we were all done. Ethel had some leeks that needed to be used and we were both craving a good dessert. When aren’t we craving a good dessert? 😉
We started out with the www.eatingwell. com cheddar cauliflower soup. After looking through the directions we determined that we did not want to thicken the soup with a slurry. We are more roux girls. Slurries never turn out well for Ethel (think gravy) and Lucy doesn’t like the end texture. We made a roux instead. Then we noticed, there wasn’t any garlic! How can you have a soup with leeks and cheese and not have garlic?! Of course we added some. Then there is the matter of the bay leaf. Neither of us are big fans of that either so out it came. The end result however is a lighter variation on a potato soup. The best part? Its made with cauliflower!!! Not a single potato in the mix. So why not try a healthy indulgence? Here is our recipe:
“Baked Potato” Soup
- 2 tbsp. olive oil
- 2 large leeks, whites and light greens, chopped
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 3 tbsp. flour
- 2 c. skim milk
- 2 c. water
- 1/2 tsp. dried parsley
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 4 c. fresh cauliflower, chopped
- 4 strips bacon, cooked and crumbled
- 1 1/2 c. shredded cheddar cheese
- 1 tbsp. lemon juice
Sauté leeks in olive oil over medium heat in a in a medium pot for 5 minutes. Add garlic, cook for an additional 3 minutes. Add flour and cook for another 2 minutes stirring well. Add milk, water, parsley, salt and half of the crumbled bacon. Bring to a low boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook for 8-10 minutes or until cauliflower is tender. For a creamier soup, mix with a hand-mixer or immersion blender until desired consistency. Remove from heat, stir in lemon juice. Then stir in cheese. Serve immediately topped with remaining bacon.
For dessert Ethel found a delicious, we’ll call it, coffee cake posted by www.averiecooks.com. You can find the recipe at: http://www.averiecooks.com/2013/05/peanut-butter-honey-buttermilk-cake-with-chocolate-peanut-butter-streusel.html. It is truly for peanut butter lovers. We followed her recipe word for word and it turned out perfectly. While it was baking, we decided a little yoga and meditation were in order.
Once the cake was done baking and we were sufficiently relaxed, we enjoyed a warm piece of cake along with a great glass of cheap red wine that Lucy has found for us, appropriately titled “Mad Housewife”http://www.madhousewifecellars.com/. As you can see, it was a great evening as most of our Thursday dates tend to be. We really needed it…
Keep checking back because we will be in the kitchen next weekend for a little ladies night we have put together and double date with our beloved Ricky and Fred. Who knows what we’ll cook up!