Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Secret smoky flavor in the soup!
I decided to step out of the box tonight and tried cooking a new recipe for dinner. My beautiful cousin, Liz, posted a few new tasty recipes on her blog that I was dying to taste. Since my husband is sick, I thought her vegetable soup would satisfy him perfectly! It took me a lot longer than I thought it would (which is usually the case when you try something new) to make. Part of the recipe called for 4 cups of chicken stock. I thought that meant chicken broth-- the powder broth. I thought, wow 4 cups is a lot, I will put just under a cup in. But then I realized the soup was not very soupy... so I had to keep adding water. When Steve got home, he said "It smells like something is burning in here!" I was a little annoyed because I had been "slaving" over making dinner for about an hour and a half at that point. But I said nicely, "yeah I think I burned the soup a little earlier but it still smells from that." So we sat down to eat our lovely dinner. Steve took his first bite and said "This is good... it tastes kind of strong though. How did you get the smoky flavor?" I said, I think it tastes that way because I burned it a little bit. It still tasted pretty good. But I told him how weird it was that it called for 4 cups of the chicken stock powder. HIS EYES GOT HUGE! He said, "You put FOUR cups of chicken broth powder in it???" I told him, no, almost a cup though. Is that bad?? He started laughing and said, "Uh, I think that is why you had to keep adding water to it. You were supposed to add the broth, like out of the can!" We both started laughing at that point! When we went to put the soup into tupper ware after dinner, steve got to the bottom of the pan and saw that it was COMPLETELY BLACK! Not only was it black, but it was moving. Our eyes got huge and then he karate chopped in with the spoon and broke into about a centimeter of black burnt soup! So, that is my secret to giving soup a yummy charcoal flavor!!! ha ha!