much love monday: platonic life partner soup

‘platonic life partner soup’: what a mouthful, right?  MOUTHFUL OF DELICIOUS, more like!

this tale needs a preface; i am a pretty good cook but not very inventive.  i rarely deviate from recipes, and when i do, it’s kind of…basic.  roasted veg, simple stir fries, steamed veg over pasta, etc.  when i was visiting rose, she got sick and on a whim (without a recipe!! eeek!) i made up a soup for her and it turned out to be really delicious.  i was feeling really gross yesterday and made a very similar version for myself; i added some lentils + corn to bulk it up a bit. last night’s soup was so good and now you can make it too. it comes together really quickly!  this recipe is highly customisable. you can add different veg, herbs, switch up the beans, etc.

start with these guys:

  • 1 onion, diced
  • 4-6 garlic cloves, minced (less if you don’t like garlic, more if you cook like me)
  • handful of mushrooms, diced
  • few ribs of celery, cut small
  • half a leek, chopped up small

let the onion & garlic saute and start cutting up the mushrooms, leek & celery.  when the onions are translucent, add the celery and mushrooms.  cook for a few minutes, then add herbs (all approximate amounts; i did not measure WHAT A REBEL)

  • ~1 tsp ea salt, pepper, fenugreek, sage, thyme
  • more than 1 tsp rosemary
  • 2 bay leaves

let this fry up for a minute while you cut the potatoes and open the canned goods, then add:

  • 2-3 potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2″ pieces.
  • 1 28-oz can of diced tomatoes, including liquid
  • 1 can of lentils, drained
  • 1 mini-can of corn, drained
  • 3-4 c water/veg broth
  • 3-4 tsp veg stock powder (omit if you used veg broth)

bring to a boil, then simmer till the potatoes are soft.  you can eat it now, or keep cooking for more delicious.  when you’re ready to eat, fish out those bay leaves and serve! would be really  nice with some warm crusty bread or something like that. if you eat this soup when you are sick, it’s like drinking a +20 life potion.  FACT

travelogue: berlin

cycling home from boxing, we stopped to pose at brandenburg gate

HOLY CATS.  my two weeks in berlin are in the running for the happiest i’ve ever been in my life, ever.  staying with rose was just the best thing.  we were roommates back when (2003-2004 in edmonton), but most of our friendship has been long distance.  visiting rose was one of the main reasons i decided to take a trip to europe, actually, because i really missed her.

so, holy shit. epic whirlwind of fun ensued!  two blissful weeks of laughing ourselves to sleep (in a tree fort, no less!), watching qi and videos of slugs having sex, cooking together, emasculating men, punching things, and generally having all the fun one could expect to have with their platonic life partner.  if only she was gay!! i swear, i would treat her SO GOOD (that is for you, rose, cause i know you will read this)!

we went to schlachtensee, walked around a few lakes, ate ice cream, fed house sparrows from our hands, and then i rowed her around a lake while yelling out lyrics from rifle burs.  then we made a delicious supper together.  best date ever, right?

we played videogames in a double-decker bus that’s also a bar.  we tried to get into spreepark.   we ate metric tonnes of stracciatella yogurt with fruit and wheels of brie.    we stayed out till 4 am, listening to musicians in the ubahn station.  we climbed up to the roof of her building, through the attic, which looked like the set for a horror movie.  we dressed like bombshells.  we cuddled up on the couch and were internet nerds together.  we laid in bed reading together.  rose gave me incredible tours, like taking me to see her favourite statue, and a tree she loves.

rose’s favourite statue. so powerful!!

we had the perfect berlin sunday, which involves a giant brunch, fleamarkets in fredrichshaim and mauerpark, getting lost and asking a goth couple in their 50s for directions, walking through a dust cloud of chicken feathers and glitter, pho for supper, having dudes yell ‘SUP!, drinking caprinhas, then snuggling up on the couch together and being internet nerds.

last summer, when rose and i had a brief meet-up here in vancouver, we talked about happiness.  we were both coming out of really long and unhappy relationships and needed something more.  i’m paraphrasing, of course, but rose said something that really stuck with me:  for even a month of complete bliss, wouldn’t all the shit be worth it?  meaning, all the shit, the sadness and loneliness that can sometimes come with being single when all your friends are in/chasing after relationships.

berlin was a great city.  so bike friendly, full of great food and beautiful murals and really interesting things to do.  and, i should be fair.  i didn’t only spend time with rose: i enoyed the company of others, too.  i met my flickr friend christian, reconnected with my vancouver friend molly, and met a bunch of other wonderful folks!  but god damn,  the overwhelming feeling of bliss was the absolute best part.

catching some rays with christian and rose