time, it's on my mind

i almost forgot this morning that i was toying with the idea of doing nanowrimo again for the first time in years. i think the real challenge this time will be just to find enough minutes in the day. i do have a grand plan to take iron supplements with oj 30 minutes before breakfast (for better absorption) every day, so maybe that will be my writing time? hmmm...

anyway i've just finished making a giant vat of soup and doing all the dishes (which somehow didn't get done yesterday or friday, more hmmm) so i think i've earned a writing break! just as soon as i've got tonight's giant roast ready for the oven.

white bean & kale soup with italian sausage

2 tbs olive oil
1/2 tsp chili flakes
3 lg onions (i used 2 medium-large and 1 ginormous one), minced
5 cloves garlic, crushed
1/2 kilo italian sausage, squeezed out of the casings in little bits
1 tsp basil
1 tsp oregano
2 lg cans diced tomatoes
4 cans white kidney beans, rinsed well
1 bunch kale, chopped and washed
8 cups liquid (water, or water + chicken stock, or add some white wine)
salt & pepper to taste

heat the oil over medium flame in a GIANT pot. add the chili flakes; swirl until they give the oil a bit of colour. add onions, sautee a few minutes till translucent; add garlic and cook a few minutes more. add sausage and herbs, stir and let simmer about 10 minutes. add tomatoes in their juice, simmer a little while longer, then add the well-rinsed beans (really rinse them well!)

bring a separate pot of water to boil and blanch the kale (to get rid of the bitterness). drain the kale and add to the big pot.

finally, add the stock/water/whatever and simmer until all is well combined (say another 15 minutes). season to taste with salt and pepper. voila! serves 100.

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