Sunday, August 1, 2010

Corn two ways....and a sick day

"Oooh honey, what are you cooking"

"It's just leftover enchiladas. Do you want a bite, or are you going to be sick?"

"I don't understand why there had to be an "or" in that sentence."

Even while sick, I'm hungry. As far back as I can remember I've been hungry. Once as a child I noted pine needles on a poster of edible plants, so while out and about hiking and whatnot I ate them as snacks. Unfortunately being six....and not a botanist I must have mistook one plant for another, and ended up violently ill. I can tell you one thing I've learned from this experience. The only texture more unpleasant than eating pine needles is having them come back up. I can laugh at it now, but just in case my children ever start resorting to eating wild flowers I always keep a few extra snacks in the diaper bag or car. could happen.

I don't know what any of this has to do with soup except that I am sick today and I made a a huge pot of soup inspired by The Ordinary Vegetarian. The idea of Thai flavors, paired with fresh sweet corn sounded delish. And I knew the ginger and cilantro was just what my tummy needed. I added baby spinach and grilled orange and green peppers, because I had them on hand. Though the hubster ordered pizza for the kids (before we knew I would be feeling well enough to cook) my son opted for this soup.....I am not even lying.
Thai Coconut Corn Bisque with Peppers and Spinach

The second dish I made from fresh corn was a smokey corn chowder that so good. I highly regret not writing down the recipe as I was making it. I took my basic corn chowder recipe, and replaced one of the potatoes with a sweet potato, added a few handfuls of organic baby spinach (more is always better where veggies are concerned in my opinion. And at the end shredded in 2 cups of Gouda and seasoned with liquid smoke to taste. The result was fantastic! Salty and creamy, smokey and cheesy. With a pop of freshness from the corn right off the cob, and a little sweet from the sweet potatoes. This went fast, and I relished watching my kids chow down on so many different veggies. No picture for that one, but I hope to make it again soon. Keep an eye out for the full recipe.


  1. Sorry you aren't feeling well, but glad that you were inspired by my soup ;)

  2. I always find your recipes very inspiring. :)


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