A most excellent random soup; leftover Pintxos salad – 3 December 2018

Another freezer mystery turns out to be really great! I found one of the small square glass snap-seals in the freezer with something that looked a bit like tomato sauce in it, a cup or less, most likely, and moved it quite a few days ago to the bottom fridge drawer to defrost for further inspection. D decided it looked more like stock – jellied – and smelled it – ok – then tasted it, declared it fine, and decided to make a soup with it. We had the rest (less than half) of the Pintxos salad from yesterday to use up, and the two would make a satisfying dinner. D put into the soup some of the cannellini not used in the salad, onions, some kale from the volunteer plant in a crack in the cement, and also wagon wheel pasta. Probably other stuff I’ve forgotten? “Carrots,” I said, and he said no, those were in the mystery stuff already. Aha! I suspect, and D agrees this might be right, that this was the pan drippings from last Christmas dinner, which was the one we repeated this TG – the capon with cilantro/cumin rub cooked surrounded by a pile of carrots. It was a GREAT soup! It might be possible, given our likely-correct hypothesis about the origin of the stock, to mimic it pretty decently if we want to make this again. Yummers!

Writing this the 11th – I see I also seem to have defrosted a couple of slices of round Acme bread from the fridge, probably Upstairs Bread. Ah, yes – a closeup view of the original of the setting picture reveals the tiny yellow inclusions – millet? – in Upstairs Bread. We’ve had a couple loaves of that lately. Excellent bread (of course).

D chose a wine from a Wine Mine Tasting, a Rioja that says Viura –  Tempranillo Blanco and also Maturana Blanca “2017.” It worked quite well. D remembers it as “bright, a little bit sparkly,” and I agree with that. Perhaps something of the same niche as an Eric Stauffenegger wine we had recently. Good choice for the meal, as it turned out.

Lunch:

We had avocado with cottage cheese and VJ’s French dressing, and D said let’s open the Terra Chips that I bought on sale at Costco, for fun. I got out some of the grapes for dessert. Good lunch, but hard to eat the avocado on a plate instead of in a shallow bowl – too slippery!

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