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Sunday, January 5, 2014

The Road to Hell is Paved with Good Intention

Ok...so maybe that was a little dramatic.

But.

Dontcha just hate it when you actually plan the perfect dinner-one that coincides with the weather, the clean eating your family needs after almost three weeks of vacation, and takes hours to cook which is ok since you were gonna stay home and do marking anyways-and just when its almost finished cooking, your husband announces that our family's been invited out to dinner at the last minute and everyone but you wants to go?

That's pretty much what happened to me tonight.

For the past two days, I was totally looking forward to tonight's dinner. According to the weather report, it was supposed to be a brutal storm. And I could think of nothing cozier than having a hearty bowl of soup while watching the first night of the Bachelor season premier. I even went on the line to find the perfect recipe (which I did, thanks allrecipes.ca).

But then, in the 11th hour, we got the phone call: Uncle Robbie and the gang were going to Pancer's and did we want to join them? Three-quarter of us did. One quarter of us stayed home and ate soup alone. It was, as predicted, really good soup.

Alas, there is a silver lining in this sad turn-of-events... actually a couple of silver linings:

1. I got the house to myself for a couple hours.
2. Tomorrow night's dinner is already ready!

Perfect-for-a-Snowstorm (almost vegan) Pea Soup
Based on this recipe from allrecipes.ca

Ingredients
1 cup each diced carrots, celery, and onion
1 tbsp minced garlic
1 tbsp each butter and olive oil
1 1/2 cups dried yellow split peas
6 cup chicken (or veggie) stock
s & p t taste

Directions
Heat the butter & oil over medium heat
Sauté the carrots, celery, onion, garlic, and a few shakes of salt and pepper for about 5 minutes.
Add in the peas and stir around to coat
Add in the stock, bring to a boil, turn down to a simmer, cover, and cook for 1-1 1/2 hours until its all soft and mushy.
Blend until smooth, taste and adjust seasonings.
Serve with garlic bread and some salad...or something like that.

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