Toasted Garlic Soup with Chilies

Listening to: Post Pop Depression
Watching: The Handmaid's Tale (Hulu)

Happy National Soup Day. This is one of my favorite soups because it is easy, delicious and eye-catching. The recipe comes from the book The Vegetarian Table:Mexico by Victoria Wise
I typically would not put the recipe but it looks like this book is out of print. It seems a shame to show a picture and not be able to lead someone to obtaining the recipe! If you do find a copy I would recommend grabbing it as I have made of the recipes in the book and it has never steered me wrong.

Toasted Garlic Soup
1/4 cup olive oil
1 head garlic, cloves separated, peeled and coarsely chopped
1/2 baguette, cut crosswise into 1/4 inch thick slices, or 6 slices of other French bread
2 ancho chiles, stemmed, seeded and coarsely chopped
4 medium tomatoes, peeled and seeded, coarsely chopped into 1/2 inch chunks
7 cups of vegetable stock
1/4 tsp. salt

Heat oil in a heavy skillet until smoking. Add the garlic and stir over medium-high heat for 1 minute. Transfer the garlic to a large soup pot.

Add as many slices of the bread to the skillet as will fit in one uncrowded layer. Fry over medium heat for 1 minute, turning once, until lightly golden on each side. Transfer to paper towels to drain. Continue until all bread is fried. Set aside.

Place the chile peppers and tomatoes in the skillet and stir over medium-high heat for 1 minute until wilted. Transfer to the soup pot with the garlic. Add the stock and salt, bring to a boil and simmer for 20 minutes, or until the garlic is soft.

Ladle the soup into individual bowls. Garnish with fried bread.

I have made this soup numerous times and it is always delicious. Tastes different depending on the chilies. Feel free to add different chilies for more heat.

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Virginia Woolf

Listening to: Giovanni Hidalgo
Watching: Midnight Diner: Toyko Stories

“You cannot find peace by avoiding life.” Virginia Woolf

How terribly difficult it must have been to be a Woolf, or Plath, Parker, Gilman, or Cowen. Sensitive, thoughtful, brilliant and forced to have to work harder, hide your real life, find scorn over and over for simply wanting/needing to BE your true self.

Virginia Woolf was born on this day in 1882. She conceived sentences in radically new ways. Her writing continues to be innovative, challenging, inspiring and brilliant. For us her words are always enough.virginia-woolf-frame

“No need to hurry. No need to sparkle. No need to be anybody but oneself.” – Virginia Woolf

Her novels have been described as being written from stream of consciousness and heavily focused on character thoughts and impressions even more than deep story line or studies of plot. They are complex, psychological and filled with detail. Her stories are poetic and infused with allusions to the society, it’s problems and promises in which she lived.

“Lock up your libraries if you like; but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind.” – Virginia Woolf

She drowned herself in 1941 by filling her overcoat pockets with stones and walking into the River Ouse near her home. Her suicide note written to her husband is beautiful, tragic and haunting. I wish it were fiction but the letter is extraordinary in its clarity of how she feels about her illness and how it is consuming her.

I feel certain I am going mad again. I feel we can’t go through another of those terrible times. And I shan’t recover this time. I begin to hear voices, and I can’t concentrate. So I am doing what seems the best thing to do. You have given me the greatest possible happiness. You have been in every way all that anyone could be. I don’t think two people could have been happier till this terrible disease came. I can’t fight any longer. I know that I am spoiling your life, that without me you could work. And you will I know. You see I can’t even write this properly. I can’t read. What I want to say is I owe all the happiness of my life to you. You have been entirely patient with me and incredibly good. I want to say that – everybody knows it. If anybody could have saved me it would have been you. Everything has gone from me but the certainty of your goodness. I can’t go on spoiling your life any longer.
I don’t think two people could have been happier than we have been.

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