As usual, the spouse did the shopping this morning. He brought home a chicken, saying that they were cheap today and he would make stock with it. So I thought that I would check in The Soup Book to see if there were any recipes calling for cooked chicken. That's how I decided upon mulligatawny. The recipe in The Soup Book is by Roopa Gulati, who describes it in her introduction as "as Anglo-Indian soup from colonial days." Although I have Anglo-Indian antecedents (in the original definition of the term), mulligatawny did not feature in my Anglo-Indian parent's repertoire of dishes. I do, however, remember eating a canned version of it.
Today's recipe lists the following ingredients: onion, root ginger, garlic, apple, carrot, celery, mild curry powder, flour, tomatoes, tomato puree, hot chicken stock, bay leaves, coconut milk and cooked chicken. As the weekly shop had been done by the time I had picked out this soup, I was running the risk of not having some of the ingredients. I called them out to the spouse and he checked what we had. I came to curry powder and suggested that I would make up my own. I have boasted before that I don't keep it in the house. The spouse admitted being tempted to buy some just so that he prove me to be less than truthful.
Cooking the soup required some effort. Once I have to liquidise, sieve and reheat, I think a soup is fiddly. I'm glad I gave it a go - it was definitely worth the effort. Even the younger offspring was favourably impressed. The spouse and I washed it down with ginger soda that I had made myself. Not the ideal accompaniment for a spicy soup but I'll know better the next time.
What's the Buzz?
- This week my blog was added to the Irish Food Bloggers Association blogroll! The spouse told me about the site and so I had a look. Some of the other blogs listed look good.
- I came across an article entitled Bees in the Past, which appeared in an old issue of the older spouse's school annual. It's about a former pupil from the same school who went on to become a curate in Cloone, Co Leitrim in 1933. The Reverend Joseph Digges began bee-keeping in 1885, joined the Irish Bee-keepers Association, edited the association's Irish Bee Journal and founded The Bee-Keeper's Gazette. In 1904 he published The Irish Bee Guide, later renamed The Practical Bee Guide: A Manual of Modern Beekeeping.
- A sketch featuring John Cleese and Rowan Atkinson (not that funny, I'm afraid)
- A picture of a girl in a dress made of bees!
- A film about Hong Kong Honey and bee-keepers
- A film about colony collapse disorder
- A photograph of bees on an orange poppy
- A discussion about research suggesting that electromagnetic fields generated by mobile phones may be affecting bees adversely.