Thursday, March 12, 2009

Keeping my eyes open

Ani DiFranco says "When I look down, I just miss all the good stuff. When I look up, I just trip over things."

I always think about that lyric when I'm hiking, but yesterday at the Co-op, the opposite proved to be true. Jackson was pushing his mini-shopping cart around and I had to bend down to help him with something (I think his Thomas the Tank Engine train got stuck in the cart or something) when I noticed a sign reading "reduced price veggies, prices as marked." I dug through the bin and was delighted to find a bag of vegetables that were not only pretty good looking for being "bad" but also selected for their ability to become a soup together. Here's what I found:
Onions (red and yellow), a few cloves of garlic, three kind of potatoes and some herbs. (What is that herb? I thought it was thyme when I first saw it but it didn't smell like thyme. Marjoram? Tarragon? I don't recognize the plant or the scent.)

Call them "old" or "bad" or "past their prime" if you will but it doesn't matter one bit when you saute them up, add some vegetable stock, simmer for a long time and then blend into a creamy sweet potato soup for tonight's dinner (I added two more sweet potatoes from my counter too).

All for $4. I guess sometimes looking down is a good thing.

11 comments:

Amanda said...

that herb looks like rosemary to me....

YUMMY!

Heide said...

I agree with Amanda, that looks like Rosemary. What a delightful find. There is nothing else as comforting or satisfying in cold weather as a bowl of hot homemade soup. The quote is perfect.

Catherine said...

(It's not rosemary either. I know my rosemary very well!) :)

Michele said...

so what was it??? the suspense is killing me!!!

Becca said...

Wow, I guessed rosemary too...there are some unusual varieties of rosemary out there with varied leaves, but I'm guessing you'd know the smell right away. What a mystery! If it smells good to you, chances are it will go beautifully with potatoes and onions. Mmm.

Jess said...

Winter savory: http://www.gourmetsleuth.com/images/savroies.jpg

I had some in my garden a few years ago but can't remember what it smelled or tasted like. I need to plant some again this year, I think.

Good work on the soup!

Anonymous said...

I believe this would be a member of the tarragon family. My first guess was rosemary, however with your knowledge of that herb, I am thinking Russian Tarragon...good find!
C

Lisa Anne said...

Savory! I am pretty sure...I LOVE co-ops, good find.

Gilman said...

The marked-down produce is my FAVORITE thing about Seward. I always buy whatever's there.

Suzan said...

That last comment was from me (Suzan)...I didn't realize Chad was logged in. Also, my friend wrote on her 25 Random Things: "I always look down when I walk. I miss a lot of what other people see. But I see a lot of things that other people miss." I love that quote!

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