Archive for July, 2012

July 24, 2012

The Boxed Stock

This week your CSA box contains: Spinach, baby chard, carrots, blueberries, snap peas, salad mix, savory

Recipe #1: borrowed from previous posts (20 cups of chicken stock under $5, and tortellini soup)

We didn’t have chicken this week so I used the boxed stuff. Not quite the same and very salty but I’ve got a Julia Child’s Kitchen Secrets Cookbook and she suggests simmering the boxed stock with onion, carrots and herbs for around 10 minutes to give it some flavour. I also read on another recipe site long ago suggesting to add a cup of water for each litre of boxed stock which seems to reduce the salty “i bought boxed stock” essence to the meal. 

I noticed that the soup stores are selling their “real” stock for around $5 for about 4 Cups. (again, please see my post on 20 cups of chicken stock for $5).
For tonights soup- I simmered the stock ala Julia Child’s recommendation. 

Sauteed some shallots and added the strained stock.

Meanwhile- heat a pot of water for the tortellini ( I used the $2 dried ones, little fresh ones would be good too).

when the water is boiling for the tortellini, throw the peas in the stock. 

Taste your tortellinis- when they are almost done (al dente with about 2 minutes left to your liking…) add the spinach to the stock. I chopped the spinach because it was quite big into about the size of baby spinach (3 inches or so..). Keep most of the stem on, they add a really great texture to the soup.

Once your tortellinis are done, drain them and put a heaping ladleful into each serving bowl. Add some spinach from the stock pot, and pour on the broth to your liking. Add some pepper & a bit parmesan ( I got fancy and used the peeler to make parmesan curls)

Serve!

I thought about adding some lemon juice to the broth, didn’t this time but let me know if anyone has tried that. I seem to stumble across lemon broth soup recipes but haven’t tried it yet. I think it might add a bit of the sour to the “Salty, Sour, Sweet, Bitter” taste.