March 24, 2005

Curried Tree Bisque

My son's grandmothers hated each other, and disapproved of their offspring's chosen spouse, but they both doted on him. Both were sure our decision to educate him at home was doomed to failure, so they took it upon themselves to augment our home schooling; he usually responded by acting ignorant.

My wee wifey's mother-in-law was not the most famous cook in the family, but she was a locally respected food writer and cooking instructor. When Emrack was seven, she decided it was time he start learning to cook. Rather than tell her that he had been cooking for himself, under supervision, for a year, he created the following recipe with far less tutelage from her than she thought would be required. She was far more surprised than we were at how perfectly it came out.

2 cups water
1 of those things you put in water to make soup
1/4 teaspoon curry powder
1 box of that frozen vegetable that looks like trees
1 big measuring spoon of cream

I'm using his words, as exactly as I remember what I was told. Translations are of course boullion cube, brocolli florets and tablespoon.

Heat the water until it isn't really boiling (a pretty good way for a seven year old to say simmer) and add the boullion cube and curry powder. Once the cube has dissolved, add the brocolli and simmer until it is litely cooked. Remove from the heat and stir in the cream. The seasoning turned out perfectly, which isn't surprising considering he had plenty of experience experimenting with curry in his ramen noodles.

Posted by triticale at March 24, 2005 08:06 PM

Love it! It has all the right "ingredients" to make a great recipe:

economy of time/effort
great flavor/texture combos

Posted by: David at March 25, 2005 05:18 PM

I'll have to give this a whirl. Watch out, Martha.

Posted by: Emily at March 27, 2005 07:20 AM

Well, WonderWoman is at a conference today, and I was at loose ends for lunch... thought of this recipe; had some leftover (rawm, not fresh--from grocery, not garden :-) broccoli and a couple of leftover cauliflower flowerets (yeh, you can see how I modified the recipe to suit my available ingredients).

Was very good! Toast from fresh wheat/white (bread machine) bread to accompany. I'll do this again for WonderWoman and family, when kids drop in from school/life as they now know it, etc.

Thanks again!

Posted by: David at April 3, 2005 12:42 PM
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