Jun. 27th, 2014

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Tonight's things-need-using-up improvisation:

4 sad carrots, chopped
1 can chicken broth

Shredded the carrots in the broth in the Vita-Mixer. Then added

a couple of tablespoons cumin
approx. 1/4 cup chopped white onion
1 can pumpkin
a couple of shakes of ground ginger
a couple of shakes of ground black pepper

Ran the Vita-Mixer at variable, increasing speed from 1 to 10, and then switched the setting to high and let it run for three minutes. I added a squeeze of lime juice to each serving. (Lemon juice or apple cider vinegar might be my first choice if I were making this for others, but the lime was the saddest item in the fruit drawer, and it provided the right kick.)

If I didn't have the machine, what I might have done is stew the carrots and onion in the broth until tender, then pureed the mixture, returned it to the pot, and stirred in the rest of the ingredients and heated until hot.

On the other hand, that probably would've been a few steps too many for me tonight (work and studying await), so odds are I would have boiled just the carrots in plain water and then seasoned them with some sesame oil and rice vinegar. Or skipped cooking entirely and simply slathered nut butter onto apple slices, followed by a bowl of cereal. :)

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