Celebrating the Multicultural festivities of December, I thought I would pick an herb or spice which is referenced in the Bible (land of three of the Major Religions of the world) and used in many cuisines around the entire world, as a way of gathering together all the wealth of diversity around us - in true celebration.
Herb: Sorrel Rumex (Polygonaceae (Buckwheat) Family) one of the herbs recognized as a Bitter Herb of the Bible, although not mentioned specifically.
|Sparrows enjoying some of my sorrel!|
This Recipe for A Chocolate Dreidel was too cute to pass up, even though not quite in the theme.
I have to say when I was trialing this, I wondered if the use of water (you can use broth) was going to give it enough flavor - oh my! I did not need to worry about that - wonderful and very satisfying on a chilly night.
The wonderful thing about this soup is you can vary the herbs, lettuce, croutons (bread) and cheese and come up with a different taste every time.
1 shallot, finely chopped
2 tablespoons butter, unsalted
4 cups mixed fresh herbs, finely chopped (I used Thai Basil, Cilantro, Parsley-see note below*)
1 Package spring lettuce mix (or 3-4 cups of greens from your gardens)
1 teaspoon coarse salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
6 cups boiling water (can use broth - but try the water the first time)
6 cups croutons (any stale bread diced will work too - some day-old nice artisanal breads would be great for this)
3/4 cups Parmesan cheese
Set aside 1/2 cup each of herbs and lettuces for garnish.
Divide croutons and cheese into 6 soup bowls
Saute shallot in butter for 1 minute, add herbs, salt, lettuces
all at once and cook, stirring for 5 minutes. Add boiling water,
cover and simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Ladle
greens and broth into soup bowls, add garnish of herbs and
lettuces to each bowl. Serve and enjoy.
*Traditional recipes call for sorrel and chervil or any combination you like - the Thai Basil has a tarragon aspect to it which minced the chervil with a kick and cilantro's citrus back-note minced the sorrel.
-- Catherine, The Herb Lady
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