Thursday, December 16, 2010

that time again...FREE FLOWER FRIDAY



where do the weeks go, geeze louise! it's Thursday and time again for...
THE JUST BECAUSE INITIATIVE in which we select a commenter at random to receive flowers delivered to them on Friday in Manhattan or Brooklyn.
You have comment to win kids!

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(At first I wrote "You have to pay to play" which has such a nice ring to it, but in fact is not true. NO MONEY EXCHANGED IN THIS PROCEDURE, PROMISE! You do, however, have to pay attention to what day it is, a problem which I have been having trouble with lately. Nutty week here - but I did manage make the first batch of carrot soup last night, which came out so good and tangy, it almost reminding me of a tomato soup - and so we made grilled cheese to go with it - trying to put a dent in the embarrassing stockpile of half-eaten pieces of cheese in my refrigerator.

But hey, this carrot soup was different and even easier than the last one, and so I'll write it down here. If you had kids, and they like tomato soup, they will eat this and not know the difference - swear!

Easier Carrot Soup
Skirting the guilt of copious amounts of grilled cheese consumption with a psuedo-vegetable. A lesson in balance.

Half a bag or more of carrots, chopped
1 or two onions, chopped
[put those in a pot with a knob of butter, a glug of olive oil, and a sprinkling of salt, and maybe some cumin as I did]
Cook for a while till vegetables brown, then add 2-3 cups of chicken or vegetable stock and 2 cups of water
Cook till carrots are very tender
Process till smooth with a food processor or stick blender
Return to pot, season with salt and pepper, thin with water and then add the juice of one whole lemon (very important - do not deviate from the lemon step!)

Reheat and serve!

55 comments:

gloriousday said...

mmm... i'm imagining this soup made with sweet potatoes, and drooling just a little.

<3 free flower fridays!

roni said...

carrot soup is my fave! will have to try this one...

cynthia said...
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steph said...

fingers crossed!

cynthia said...
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cynthia said...

I was trying to make ascii flowers but it isn't working... should have previewed.

Anyway, beautiful flowers!

Maya said...

love this free flower fridays!
and these are particularly festive & would look perfect beside a big bowl of holiday champagne punch and a platter of meats and cheeses from caputo's, don't you think? if 'm lucky, that'll be my saturday!

Amy S. said...

SWEET PEAS?! Your arrangements are my favorite. Happy Thursday! asanderson1[@]me.com

Michelle said...

please and thank you. to both the soup and the flowers

Elizabeth said...

love soup. love flowers!

Jenna said...

that recipe looks so easy - my coworkers have started to joke about my bringing "baby food" (ie: homemade squash soups) for lunch everyday, and I think this could be a new addition to the rotation. Of course the flowers are gorgeous, as ever.

Carrie said...

That soup is def. going to be our lunch on Saturday!

Victoria said...

Thanks for the yummy recipe. I have last week's flowers wilting on my dinning room table.

Yespleasethankyou.

Victoria
http://diva-in-distress.blogspot.com

rural girl said...

Would love to win! Delivery to MoMA!

grainne said...

the flowers (with the wreath against the wood) look lovely; the soup sounds delicious

Susan Ashley said...

oh how i would love some friday flowers :)

fiona said...

Thanks for generously sharing your creations, Sarah!

ashley said...

count me in!

Faryn said...

i love free flower fridays! i'm "paying to play" :)

Virginia said...

Love the berries and peonies - very much like my wedding flowers!

M.K. said...

Love your flowers. Thanks for making the world more beautiful.

ollie-uh said...

Christmas present to myself? Yes please!

count buckula said...

and ye shall pay in blood when you walk de plank

Sarah said...

I've never had carrot soup before, but since I love both carrots and soup, and I can't imagine this would be anything less than delicious. And yes, I would love some flowers.

Amanda said...

I salute you for balancing your cheese-and-fried-bread consumption with something besides a full jar of cornichons, as I have been doing.

Also, Free Flower Fridays in your land are the very best days of all.

k_darling said...

Hope?

ltr said...
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ltr said...

scratch that. i am loving your cedarwood candle (not cottonwood) & would love some flowers!

Nicole Milman said...

hi there! still hoping to win for my more than deserving in-laws in Brighton Beach! Pick me! hand up high, waving in the air, with accompanying "ooh ooh!" sound effects.... NIcole Milman

Ringo, have a banana! said...

Flowers pleeeeease!

Luke said...

please help free flower friday show my girlfriend that i love her!

EMILY said...

Oh me oh me- flowers to make doves cry! I hope I am the luckiest of the bunch to send these to my sister. xo

Caroline said...

I have yet to win this thing, but it makes me happy just to see it happen to someone every week.

katie said...

Flowers! As a centerpiece for our Christmas party!? Yes, pleeeeaaasse! (you can stay for the party!)

Kimberly Serene said...

Gorgeous arrangements! Your work is truly inspirational!

Sofia said...

Oh please me! Give a Saipua fangirl a chance!

Leigh Anne said...

will it be my lucky day? please oh please.

El said...

Ooh, I love the bold colors!

Lindsay Straw-Galloway said...

This time I am really praying to the Saipua flower gods! {read: Sarah} I am hosting a Holiday Party this Saturday and would just die to have your flowers as the centerpiece! It would also save me a trip to the flower market at the crack of dawn. Please pick me!!!

Anonymous said...

free flower fridays for the win! tokeepitlikeasecret[at]gmail.com

Katherine K. said...

Please pick me!! XXk

pacificspecific said...

please me. choose me!

Shayna said...

Oh man sweet peas. Love it.

Le said...

Love that dark red color!

C said...

how festive! Thanks for this chance!!

John said...

Happy Holidays!

rebecca s. said...

lady, your flowers are gorgeous! gawd, if only i lived in new york. but my friend does, and she works at etsy so maybe this would be a super sweet surprise for her?!

and hey, if not, at least i got a tasty new soup recipe to try. total win-win. xoxo.

sam said...

love carrot soup...would be super tasty with some curry added too! also love your flowers and hope to win!

Caroline said...

Wishing you a happy holiday season! And that carrot soup sounds fabulous! I'll have to give it a try.

lisa said...

SOS -- send flowers please!

Emma said...

Just moved to a new apartment! Holiday housewarming? Pretty please?

jennifer said...

these are gorgeous!

kalmenius said...

Great recipe. Thanks!

Miz.November said...

Oh my gosh. Please come to North Carolina and bring those beautiful flowers to me. Those colors make me want to scream they are so gorgeous.

Laura [What I Like] said...

Love carrots with cumin! Much better than with ginger I think.