It is easy to find dinner inspiration when it is not the dead of winter! The garnet orbs caught my eye as I was watering. One might have thought I had found gold the way I danced over and started pulling those beautiful earthy radishes from their bed. The first crop. Lettuce, lamb’s quarters, lemon verbena, lemon balm, and lemon thyme joined the pile of growing dinner plans. And a leek! Left over from the gardener the year before, I am thankful. I have never been successful at growing leeks! Home it went.
Lemony Spring Soup
First gather all inspirations. I had small potatoes, red and yellow, from the market, a Jerusalem artichoke, radishes, herbs, greens (wild and cultivated). Use what you have!
First we start with a sofrito. In Italy this is onion, garlic, carrot, celery.
I chopped 1 leek, 3 cloves of garlic, 1/2 carrot, 1 celery stalk and sautéed in beautiful olive oil until the leeks and garlic were savory and transparent. I chopped 2 potatoes, 1 diced Jerusalem artichoke, the radishes and added them to the pot.
I used a few leaves of lemon balm, a few of lemon verbena, lemon thyme. I saved cilantro for the end because I am the only one who adores it.
Chop up greens and herbs and add to pot with 2 cups of vegetable broth.
To the broth I added 3 Tablespoons of Vietnamese Lemon Curry but you could add Italian seasoning, or Mexican seasoning, or Spanish, or your favorite curry or nothing at all!
Add 2 slices of lemon and 2 one inch pieces of ginger, and a real good splash of white wine to the broth and let simmer until everything is tender.
Check your flavor and add salt and pepper if needed.
I add cilantro to my bowl first so Doug doesn’t have to have any. Remove lemon and ginger pieces. Pour yourself a big refreshing bowl. Delicious!