A Blue & Gold victory!!
Oh man, I didn’t think I was ever going to leave my desk today!! From the minute I got in this morning I was busy. I barely even had time for lunch between a pre-call meeting and then a conference call at 1:30pm which ended up getting pushed back, Craziness.
I finally got home around 6:40 and was racking my brain about what to make since I’m going home tomorrow and just wanted to use what I already had on hand. I ended up settling on the other half of my potato to make another batch of Paprika Fries (not to self, cut potatoes do not keep in the fridge well). They nevertheless turned out great, just not as crispy as yesterday.
To go along with my fries I wanted another thick winter soup, but really wanted to save the leftover Split Pea Soup w/ Carrots that I had sitting in the freezer. I like saving leftovers in the freezer to have at a later date because it’s such a time saver and mixes things up so I’m not stuck eating the same thing multiple days in a row.
I ended up coming up with an original soup concoction that I call Moroccan Pumpkin Soup. Ok, it isn’t really Moroccan, but the spices seemed very similar to some Moroccan dishes that I have made. Here’s the recipe (although I tend to just throw dashes of things in so this isn’t 100% exact.
Moroccan Pumpkin Soup:
- 1 c. canned pumpkin puree
- 1 c. water
- 1/4 medium onion, finely diced
- 1 celery stalk, finely diced
- 1 tsp olive oil
- 1 tsp minced fresh ginger
- 1/8 tsp garlic powder
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- salt + pepper to taste
Sauté the onion in the olive oil over medium low heat until soft, then add the celery and continue to cook. Add the water, pumpkin and spices and cook until all the flavors have melded and the onion and celery are extra tender. Adjust seasonings as needed. I will without a doubt be making this again soon!! I topped off my meal with a Gluten-Free Walnut Blondie a la Veggie Girl that I had in the freezer. 😉
After dinner I watched a very tense Notre Dame vs. Texas bball game while enjoying a huge bowl of stove-top popcorn. Such a close, tense game!! Notre Dame squeaked by 81 – 80!!! Seriously, I came close to having a heart attack as did the bro. I also enjoyed a glass or two of Cabernet to keep the stress levels from the close game to a minimum. Had to finish it before I went home!! Plus, I don’t have work tomorrow!! I’m looking forward to a relaxing day of running, cooking with my sister, and then a cocktail party at my brother-in-law’s parents apartment. Yay for holidays!!! 😆