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Wednesday, December 01, 2004

The Red Locust

There are three periods at which the world dies: the period of a plague, of a general war, of the dissolution of verbal contracts.
--from the ancient Irish Brehon Law

As Earth's latest insect plague sweeps across mistrustful, war-torn nations, I fondly recall those good old days when AlQmerica's short-sighted fundamentalists would claim every Clinton-era rain storm as proof of the Almighty's displeasure.
My how the fundie worm (i.e. locust, volcano, tornado and flood) has turned in these glorious days of the 2nd Coming of Bush.

If you, in these allegedly final days, are like me and your typical apocalyptic red locust and capable of consuming your own weight in fresh food every 24 hours, I imagine a tasty new recipe is always a welcome addition to the daily menu.
For you palate's pleasure, I offer a soup that is delicious and whose beautiful pale yellow color is pleasing to the eye:

Cream of Curried Cauliflower Soup

1 medium head of Cauliflower, cored and quartered
2 stalks Celery, trimmed and chopped
4 cloves Garlic, peeled and chopped
1 large Yellow Onion, peeled and chopped
½ to 1 Tsp Curry
½ Tsp Sea Salt
¼ Tsp White Pepper
1 49 ½ oz can of Chicken Stock
¼ cup heavy Cream
1 Tbsp Olive Oil
1 Tbsp Butter

Heat Butter and Olive Oil in a large pot.
Add Celery, Onion and Garlic and saute 3 minutes.
Add Curry and stir so spice blooms in the hot oil.
Add Cauliflower, Chicken Stock, Cream, Sea Salt and White Pepper.
Bring mixture to a boil and then reduce heat and simmer until cauliflower is tender.
Process mixture in batches through a blender.
Serve hot.

PS-Apologies for the dirth of posts but I'm enjoying the beginning of the holidays and the various preparations that entails, my boycott of televised national news, several good historical novels and the occasional bit of film noir.
I'll post as the mood strikes and, as always when the muse flees, I urge the exploration of my vast archive ;-).

Photos: Associated Press, Google Images

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