Nutrition Rears Its Ugly Head

For some unbeknownst reason my Bride wasn’t feeling so brilliant on Saturday so for lunch I decided that I would make some soup-type concoction. I had bought some fennel at the ShopRong and decided to give that a whirl.

I cut the two bulbs into roughly 1/2 inch cubes

and then put them in a big straight-sided sautee pan with, oh, probably four tablespoons of olive oil on med/high heat to get nicely a sizzling, added some pepper and salt and let it begin to brown up, stirring every thirty seconds or so

after five or so minutes I threw in some carrots because a) I had them, b) I like them, and c) most importantly they add both a nice visual contrast and the sweetness of the carrots would (I hoped) compliment the mild “bite” of the fennel

after another 3-4 minutes of lazy stirring just to let the browning continue and for the carrots to warm through I added enough buzzard stock to cover everything by about 1/4 inch

then I covered the pan and let everything simmer for 15-20 minutes and reduce down slightly (this also really helped the carrots to soften)

and then into the bowls

Very tasty and, frankly, disgustingly healthy. The anise-with-a-slight-spicy-bite flavor of the fennel melded well with the full sweetness of the carrots, and the chicken stock is a nice base to hold it all. A good lunch for a Winter’s Day.

Thank god I used the chicken stock, because my general rule of thumb as a beastly carnivore is that something MUST DIE for every one of my meals.

5 Responses to “Nutrition Rears Its Ugly Head”

  1. Ave says:

    I hope your Bride is feeling much better and did she get a nice glass of wine with that soup? For medicinal purposes only…

  2. Mr. Bingley says:

    No, but I drank one for her.

    I’m big that way.

  3. Julie says:

    I noticed a certain canine wasn’t nosing around in the photos… Haven’t seen him in awhile (hint, hint…)

  4. Kathy Kinsley says:

    @ Julie lol – I suspect fennel didn’t appeal to the canine in question. And the chicken stock was probably a bit toooo diluted.

  5. Kathy Kinsley says:

    P.S. – a shot or three of Southern Comfort would have been good. (It’s one of those ‘drink it and wake up 3 days later feeling fine’ things for colds – good old TN/NC mountain moonshine works even better but tends to get the revenoors out…).

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