"In Search of Spring" is what I am after.
And after what seems like ages, this weekend did bring a weather where I was not under the illusion, regarding our relocation to the North Pole.
"Are we moving to North pole or are we not?"
And if you squint your eyes and peer at this picture, you will even see a robin in those bare branches. And see the snow is melting off those roofs. Maybe we are not at 90.0000° N, 0.0000° W after all.
Since my rants about the weather in every post might seem a tad boring,let me give a positive spin to this whole snow storm thing. Though on the onset this whole pile of snow, piling over with each storm, might sound like a bad thing, it has its own advantages. Like it renders driving around to fulfill "life's necessities" unnecessary. This means you get a lot of time to realize how unnecessary those necessities really are.
This meant that I could spend two whole days, holed up, doing nothing but drinking tea and finishing "Gone Girl".
I could also spruce up the study and bring some order to the chaos of what is called crayons, markers, glues and other crafty stuff.
And then when the roads were deemed fit, I could go to IKEA to get these orange clamp lights which I think is one of life's necessities.As is IKEA.
|This corner reminds me of friends who have moved continents and are enjoying warm weather while we freeze. They are missing all the fun.|
I also made lots of soups these season. And last weekend, made a big batch of this Salsa Soup. It is light, tangy, spicy and very refreshing. Kind of like Rasam with a beat. I had blogged about it earlier but never took decent pictures of it, so here goes some vibrant pics of the salsa soup. If you are feeling very lazy and do not want to make your homemade blend, go ahead and open a jar of ready made salsa to make this soup. But nothing beats the fresh taste of the tomato, green chilli and coriander, so spend couple of extra minutes and try to make the home made speedy salsa for this soup
Make homemade speedy salsa for the soup
In a blender add
2 firm good quality juicy tomato roughly chopped,
2 clove of garlic,
2 hot green chili pepper
1/2 tsp cumin powder
Process till chunky.
Add some minced coriander leaves to the prepared mix.Use this speedy salsa for the soup.
Make the Soup
Heat 2 tsp Olive Oil in a deep, heavy pan.
Add a pinch of red chilli powder and about 1/2 tsp of cumin seeds to the oil and let them briefly sizzle.
When the cumin sizzles, add chopped onion(half of a medium sized onion) and fry till soft.
Now add your salsa. If you don't have the home made salsa, open a store bought jar. If you like it hot add chili powder or use a HOT salsa.
Cook the salsa for couple of minutes, stirring constantly so that it does not burn or stick.
Add the black beans, and the corn. I used a can of black beans.
Note: I prefer using canned beans for this soup and I almost always skip the corn. If you are using dried black beans, I suggest, you soak the beans overnight and cook them before adding to soup.
Next, add 3-4 cups of organic low sodium vegetable stock and stir all to blend well. If you don't have stock use plain water. You can add a packet of seasoning or a bouillon cube if you wish. I used this seasoning from Goya
Add salt to taste.
Bring this soup to a full boil and reduce heat to medium low.
Squeeze in a few drops of lime.Simmer the salsa soup until the corn/bean is completely cooked. For me this happens quick as I always used canned beans.
Turn off heat and stir in a bunch of chopped cilantro.
Ladle your finished salsa soup into individual soup bowls. Top with avocado chunks and toss a bit of cheese on top of that. I don't add any cheese as we like this soup light.
Top with a few tortilla chips or papad instead of croutons.