Red wine with soup for lunch - why didn't I do this before?
First, the soup
I am a single fellow, all too often lazy when it comes to making meals. Not that I don't know how ! I raised two children as a single parent. There was no question, then, that I had to prepare good tasting, healthy meals every day. Now, I graze and eat in restaurants. You know what I mean by grazing ? It is when the light in the fridge needs changing often because it is almost always on.
Recently, I realized that I was not eating any vegetables. Cereal, yogurt, peanut butter and jam and the like were all to quick and easy throughout the day and the mall's fast food court is only a block away. My answer, - make and have a pot of soup available at all times.
I don't make soup from scratch. I cheat. I start with a good package mix. Two packs are best. It will make enough so that I don't have to do it again for a week. You can even mix the kinds for variety. Then I add everything that I can find in the refrigerator that will thicken and make it healthy; green peppers, red peppers, onions, celery, chunks of potato, tomatoes, etc. You get the idea. Then, from the shelf above the stove are all the packages and bottles of spices that I bought, swearing that I would, someday, take the time figure out what they were supposed to do. Blindly, I dump a bit of this and a bit of that. Admittedly, I like oregano and pile it on. Truthfully, in the end, I can't tell what flavour is oregano and what comes from anything else. The results are never the same; but always satisfying, great tasting and healthy.
Ahhhhhhhh ! Now for the red wine
Keeping with my unsophisticated tastes, I don't judge a wine by its price. I just decide if I like it or not.
In my life I have travelled to all the wine making regions in Europe, North America and South America. Everywhere I went I was either wined and dined by government hosts or on the company expense account. I drank the finest wines on the market, and in Bordeau, France, wine cellars, some that wasn't on the market. I took training in wine tasting and I listened to people expound on the merits of this bottle or that; but, I never got it. Buying a cheap ( inexpensive ) bottle that I like is all that matters.
Back to lunch
I am sitting here, punching occasionally on the keys to the computer between spoonfuls of a great tasting hybrid soup that I made a few days ago and sips of a very nice, not too acid, inexpensive red wine that I picked up at the local grocery store. It seems so civilized ! It probably improves my writing, cures what someday might ail my heart and the soup fills me with all those good things that vegetables are supposed to give you. I think that I'll do this more often.
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