Thursday, May 29, 2014

In and Out of the Garden

 The Novel Bakers present Day 3 of
Garden Week.

Today, we're reviewing Sara Midda's charming book
In and Out of the Garden.

It's small and portable, filled with illustrations, recipes, and tips. Due to a few misadventures--mostly in the garden!-- part II of my review will be posted later today at the Foodie Friday Linky Party.

 We've had rain and cloudy days, so I made a comforting vegetable soup,
 adapted from a recipe in the book. 

Comforting Vegetable Soup

Vegetable stock
1 cup chopped onions
1 cup celery
1 cup sliced carrots
minced garlic (I like a heaping teaspoon)
1 potato, peeled and cubed (place in ice water until you're ready to add it to the pot)
3 zucchini, sliced
1 can mixed beans, drained
1 can tomato bits
2 tablespoon sun dried tomato paste
1 teaspoon granulated sugar
salt and pepper to taste
chili powder (to taste)
1 heaping tablespoon Hungarian paprika
Tabasco (as much as you dare)
pasta (boiled in a separate pot and drained)
lemon juice 1/2 teaspoon

Sautee onions and celery. Add garlic and sautee another minute. Add tomato paste and blend. Add Hungarian paprika, sugar, salt, pepper, Tabasco, and chili powder, stirring well. Add carrots, tomato bits, and stock and bring to a boil. Cover and reduce heat. When carrots are fork-tender, add potatoes, beans, lemon juice, and zucchini. Reduce to a simmer. Stir frequently. Add more stock, if necessary. When you're ready to serve, add pasta. Garnish with basil. 
Serve with cheese bread and ice cold lemonade.

Update: The tureen is made by Fitz and Floyd. The pattern is Toulouse.

You can read about my misadventures HERE. 

You'll find the Novel Bakers' charming reviews at:
Tuesday, May 27th
Come pin with us at the Novel Bakers' Garden Week Board on Pinterest.

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Saturday and Sunday, the Novel Bakers will take you on a tour of Private Edens

We'll see you this Monday, June 2nd, at the Mystery Ingredient Club.

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  1. Another book for my list!
    Comforting Vegetable soups sounds.............well.............comforting!

  2. Veggie soup sounds great Michael! I seem to have gotten away from making soups for my lunch recently and need to get back on track! (Or is that, back into the kitchen?:@)

  3. Oh I think my comment disappeared if it shows up twice just delete. I'm swooning over your beautiful bird-lidded tureen and your soup looks oh-so-good served garden style! I just popped over to see your misadventures, I'm glad they didn't involve stitches! I'm due a tetanus booster too. :)

  4. Just a quick note as I need to get myself out the door. Just had to see what you shared for today. Sara Mada's journals are favorites in my own library. How I wish I could create a charming journal like hers.
    I zeroed in on that amazing tureen immediately. I have small plates in the pattern. Had no idea there was a tureen. Wow! The soup looks tasty!

  5. The tureen and your dinnerplates are to die for.

    Love the tureen most. Where can I buy this?

    Happy day.

    1. Hi, CC. It's a Fitz and Floyd "Toulouse" Tureen. You can find it on Ebay and Amazon.

  6. What a beautiful tureen, love it!!! I have that same book, so sweet!!

  7. I love the dainty book, but I couldn't take my eyes off your FF tureen with the french script and postmark~ it is beautiful in your glorious setting...the soup sounds like it would be good any time! So sorry you had misadventures~

  8. I so enjoy your tablescapes, and I call them that because they take you away to a magical place. I also think you recommended The Forgotten Seamstress, I downloaded the free four chapters, then had my bookstore order me a copy - I am thorougly enjoying. Library has me on hold for An Invitation to a Garden, so now I guess I'll have to check out In and out of the garden. Thanks, Heather C

  9. Oh, no! More dishes for my want list. These are beautiful and the setting so serene.

  10. Beautiful table and the food looks just wonderful. I PIN'd so I can save the recipe to try. Love the soup tureen!

  11. you have managed to make me salivate over veggies, that's a first! i think i am really just drooling over the tureen, but not sure. yep, the more i scroll, the more indecisive i become, both are driving me wild! didn't you love noahs soup too, pairs of veggies, such a cute book, such a grand presentation!

  12. The FF soup tureen is perfect for your outdoor setting, Michael Lee, and your soup looks divine! I hope you're healing from your misadventures!

  13. It's all lovely! Seriously coveting that tureen...