Party!

Making soup is like having a party in a pot. No, really. It is. So from now on, I’ll refer to making soup as “having a party.” Okay? Good.

Moving on…I had a wild and crazy weekend. I had two parties in two days. At my apartment. I know, crazy right? The first party was a kind of haphazard, experimental party, but it was a lot of fun. It was a long party, but you know what they say, the longer the party, the better it is.

The first guests to arrive were Garlic and Onion. They’re your typical guests that arrive exactly when the party starts and stay THE WHOLE TIME. Sometimes they smell bad, too, but you can’t ever say anything, because some people at the party like them.

Things got a little sweaty in there, until the star guest arrived: Green Curry Paste. Just two tablespoons of it was enough to liven things up.

Life of the Party: Even when you can't see him, you know he's there...

Then Pumpkin arrived. She’s the guest that everyone loves; she can bridge friend groups and get along with just about everyone.

Things were a little crowded until Apple Cider and Veggie Stock arrived. They’re the guests that secretly pretend to like each other but really don’t, so they really spread apart at the party. After that, things loosened up a bit.

After everyone mixed and mingled, (and after Carrot showed up, feeling a little dicey), it was really, really hot and spicy. But things began to cool off and bit and I was left with this:

 

I barely had time to clean up from one party to the next. The Kidney Beans arrived, thinking the party was a day earlier than planned. So I had them spend the night in the hot tub, which I think they really enjoyed.

Before the soak; you should have seen how much younger they looked the day after...a good soak is just as good as a Botox injection.

The aromatics (Garlic and Onion, again, Carrots, and Celery) joined the party early as usual…they were up for a little photo shoot before things got hot.

There were quite a few more pictures, but Carrot thought that angle made her look fat...sigh.

This was probably one of the best combinations of party goers yet, since they made this incredible fond on the bottom of the pan dance floor.

Mix and mingle...

The ever-popular Diced Tomatoes and her cousin Tomato Paste came, and then everything was just over.

Look at the complexion on that bean; flawless!

This makes for a great party:

 

Phew. What an exhausting weekend.

Party #1

Pumpkin Curry Soup

1 TBL chopped garlic

1 medium onion, chopped

2 TBL green curry paste

1 TBL curry powder

2 medium carrots, chopped

3 cups canned pumpkin

3 cups veggie broth

1.5 cups apple cider (NOT apple juice)

2 tsp salt

pinch black pepper

Follow pictures.

 

Party #2

Veggie Chili

1 medium onion, chopped

1 TBL chopped garlic

2 stalks celery, chopped

3 carrots, chopped

1 cup kidney beans, soaked overnight in water

2 cups canned diced tomatoes

1 can tomato paste

4 cups veggie broth

Follow pictures.

If you need a playlist, I highly recommend anything N*SYNC. Why? Because that’s what I’m listening to. What’s your favorite party song?

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