Monday, February 13, 2012

What's Cooking? Brrr...

Weather in Washington, DC is funny. It can be 60F and sunny one day and 25F and snowing the next. Well, yesterday was cold. And windy. It finally felt like winter, and as such, I had been craving something toasty. So, I threw together a few things into a pot and let them stew this evening.

Wintry Mix Soup
1/2 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 carrot
2 celery stalk with leaves
1 sweet potato, cubed
1 cup collard greens, chopped
4 cups water
1/2 cup black-eyed peas, dried (soaked overnight)
1/2 cup wheat berries (soaked overnight)
1 tbs curry powder
2 tsp cumin
2 tsp paprika
1 tsp cinnamon
Salt to taste
Olive oil for the pot

1. Heat oil over medium-high heat. Slip in the chopped onion and garlic and fry until starting to go translucent. Pour in water and bring to a boil.
2. Add wheat berries and black-eyed peas. Cook for about 20 minutes and then add sweet potato and carrot. Cook for another 10-15 minutes or so, until sweet potato is fork-tender.
3. Turn off the heat and add seasonings and greens. Let sit and stew for however long. Serve warm, perhaps with some toasty crusty bread.

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