2013/02/22

Deceiving Winter (French Fridays with Dorie: Cheating on Winter Pea Soup)

Cheating.

What is cheating? Merriam Webster provides one definition of cheating as follows: "to elude or thwart by or as if by outwitting".

There is no "cheating on winter" this time of year - winter cheats us.


Around here, February is a solid winter month. Nature throws a few"teaser" days our way of above 30F weather - artfully designed to totally mess with our heads and make us think spring is surely on its way. Not.

Other than that wind, cold and snow rule.

Cheating on Winter? Ha!

I did cheat on the soup.


Instead of an onion, I sauteed up a leek.

Instead of lugging out the soup pot, I threw the sauteed leek, a handful of pea shoots, the frozen peas, the lettuce and everything else straight in to my blender and cooked it in the blender.


Yes, I cooked my soup in my blender.

My path of logic reasoned that if I can make "rustic pie" on the grill, there is no reason I couldn't make soup in a blender. Does anyone else's brain lead them down trails like that? Please say yes.

Lest you think I am totally off my rocker (and that may well be true), I should add that my Vitamix came in the mail the day before and it claimed to be able to cook soup. So, of course, I had to give it a try...


I was captivated. Culinary Kid just kept shaking her head at me and saying "that's cool, Mom" as we watched the steam start to come out the top of the blender.

I hope that my excitement over making soup in a blender is not a ringing endorsement that I need to get out more. I like to think that I am just easily amused.

We had soup for dinner and I didn't have to wash a million dishes. In the words of "the Ina": "How easy is that?"

Peace out.

P.S. Total side note here, but how many Spam comments do you all antipate coming your way because the word "cheating" is in the title of this week's FFwD posting? There are certain words that seem to trigger those comments and I have a pretty strong hunch that "cheating" is one of them. I have a delete button and I am not afraid to use it...

 
This post participates in French Fridays with Dorie. The recipe for "Cheating on Winter" Pea Soup can be found here on Epicurious.com.

34 comments:

  1. You´re right about the spam, I hadn´t thought about it. It seems most of us cheated with this soup, because it was too thin, or shallots in my case. Isn´t the vitamix a miracle? I love it. Have a great weekend Cher!

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  2. Cool! I didn't know there was such a thing as a blender that cooks. haha. That last picture of your soup near the snow makes me want to get under my blankets. After 7 years of living in places that barely snow (Norfolk, VA) or never snow (Corpus Christi and Naples), I'm not sure I can go back.

    I made the soup. Any day now I'll get around to posting about it. Urgh!

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  3. Nope, my brain is in the ditzy off position most of the time...LOL...your synapses are working overtime :) Your soup is a gorgeous color and you get brownie points for less dishes!!!

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  4. Leeks are brilliant. a nice contrast to sweet peas... A blender that cooks what will they think of next!

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  5. I would be frightened of a blender that cooks, certain to burn myself while food was whipping about.

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  6. Vitamix = Jealous AND Leeks = My favorite allium. Now, Cher, explain about the blender cooking your soup. Is it actually cooking or are you joking? Does the Vitamix heat things up while whirring away because it's so powerful? You mentioned steam coming out, so I'm stumped.

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    1. The Dude (who is an engineer) started to give me the technical reason why it works. I heard something like this "blah, blah, blah - heat transfer- blah, blah, blah". So the short explanation that it is a heat transfer caused by the motor...

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    2. Hi again, I had to laugh at your P.S. on my blog. Everything is relative, right? When it's been as cold as it's been, 30 is downright balmy. It's actually 43 here today. A heat wave, for sure! You'd be out in flip flops and a tank top.

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  7. I thought of you and your new Vitamix blender as I was cooking. I have a friend who makes many soups in her Vitamix and loves it. When my old blender gives up (which judging by the smell of the motor could be soon!) I'm getting a Vitamix too:) February is acting very winter like here in Oklahoma too! Only instead of the low 30s being the high its the low! Hang in there Cher!

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  8. Wow, Cher, I can't imagine a whole month of daytime temps in the 30s. I guess I am truly a SoCal girl! We complain when it gets into the 40s - and that's mostly at night!

    I think your new blender is impressive & so are you for making this soup! I couldn't get past the lettuce...so I am deliquent once again.

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    1. Susan - 30 is a warm day. Most days its been in the single digits to the high teens and few in the low 20's. :-)

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  9. -Cher, your picture of bowl of green soup next to pile of snow is symbolic...can't wait for spring too. Here in Cleveland, there is no sign of it :(
    -I'm on my [long] way of buying Vitamix too. If making soups in it would not make me buy it finally... then what does?!
    -Looks like you are getting a lot of spam comments lately also...go figure what words trigger this nasty stuff.

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    1. It took me two years to give in. I was waffling between the Vitamix and a juicer. My mom gave me her juicer, so VM it was.

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  10. Oh, man, my husband is going to be so annoyed when he comes home and I pester him mercilessly about getting a Vitamix blender! I'd certainly consider doing this again if I could cook my soup in the blender. Nice work!

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    1. It was a hard sell - now that it's home and doing all sorts of things, he's starting to see the value (i.e. the best smoothies ever...)

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  11. I have heard of a Vitamix of course but never have met the critter nor had any thoughts of buying one.........especially since I'm a Boomer and we need to start ridding ourselves of STUFF. Which I seem to be doing successfully right now. But, your description of what it will do or won't do and why is intriguing. Although I do not question the Dude's explanation, not at all, wouldn't dream of it, I don't believe he is talking to "my" level of thinking power. I didn't understand his explanation, did you? And, now, about the cold weather. After spending one week in a very chilly, frigid, Colorado, I remember now why Michael and I moved to warmer climes. But, I'm a trooper and think I can adjust back to 8 months of Winter again. Although.........I think a Vitamix would help me do that.

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  12. Who knew you could cook soup in a blender? I have never heard of such a concept before, but I like it, 'cause I hate dishes. I kinda liked this soup - quick, easy and tasty, so it ticked some boxes for me. LOL, watch out for that spam.

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  13. I have a blender that cooks and was thoroughly unimpressed with it - mind you, I was trying to "caramelize" some onions which it claimed to be able to do… This sounds like ti worked a treat for this recipe. Pretty colour you got there too!

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  14. It's good to get excited over the little things in life! Fun that you had an excuse to try making soup in your blender right away. I love the bright green color of your soup!

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  15. Oh boy...I have Vitamix envy!! My daughter has one and loves it! Your soup looks perfect…and not one dirty pot…love it!!
    I didn’t realize that certain words trigger spam…you learn something everyday!
    Have a great weekend, Cher! Sorry it’s been so cold up there! If it makes you feel any better it’s been pretty darn cold here in Fl., too! Our first few days here, lows were in the high twenties.

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  16. This morning I stopped at Wegman's and they were setting up to do a Vitamix
    demo. I was amazed reading your blog just before I left, and I thought how funny
    is that. I didn't stick around for the show but I think that is so interesting.
    Your soup turned out beautifully and no mess. Perfect way to cook. Keep warm,
    I think you might be in for an interesting weekend. We are expecting freezing
    rain tonight. Ugh!

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  17. I've been wondering how you're liking the Vitamix - so cool that it makes soup! And like Liz said, bonus points for the super-easy clean-up. :)

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  18. Love the blender. Anything that saves on clean up I am all for. Your soup looks delicious.

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  19. With all the weather swings this year its hard to know which season is cheating which. Your soup is pushing back the snow. Love that idea! So...cooking soup in a vitamix... tell me more...

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  20. I need to get me a soup cooking blender-what a great invention and your soup looks just delicious ...will put this on the FFWD recipes to make list..;-)

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  21. My son bought a blender that he says can cook soup, but I don't know if he's tried it yet or not. He says that he's bringing it for me when he comes home for break. I bet it was really cool watching it cook in your Vitamix. Great juxtaposition of your soup with the snow bank!

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  22. Cher, your soup has a wonderful green color and, of course, it is quite a bold contarts to your "snowbank". When you mention making soup in your Vitamix, it reminds me of the piece of kitchen equipment that has become very very popolur around here, it is called "Thermomix", is very expensive and, according to the manufacturer "does all the cooking, chopping, etc. for you. It has just such a small capacity...not made for our household.
    Have a good weekend!

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  23. Lovely colour! Vitamixes are amazing machines, aren't they? This was a good soup for late winter/early spring.

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  24. I had no idea such a machine existed. My blender certainly doesn't cook anything. Cool indeed.

    And I haven't paid that much attention to which posts garner more spam. My filter seems to be pretty good though and so far hasn't let any through. I'll have to see how many this post gets.

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  25. How fun to cook soup in your blender!! It looks like it turned out great! Hm, I wonder about spam comments too. You will have to check on how many you get! Love your photos!

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  26. Looks great! I am impressed that it worked in the blender. I have been eyeing a VM blender for years now...so jealous! Winter is almost over.

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  27. You cheat on winter as much as you want my friend, wonderful :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  28. Must have Vitamix NOW !!! So sorry for the late comment. Nana and I had too much fun traipsing around to see the Barefoot Contessa and I ended up coming down with a miserable cold Good thing I had all this fabulous soup to enjoy:) Of course I had to use the stove for mine....but such is life. Love the idea of not being able to cheat winter- and that photo of the soup near the snow - priceless :)

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