Friday, February 10, 2012

What's for dinner? Curried Pea and Lettuce Soup

Curried Pea and Lettuce Soup

Jorth sat nervously in the food magazine editor's office. The editor looked at her expectantly and said "So, why do you want to be a food stylist?"

"Oh!" gasped Jorth. "It would be just wonderful to work with food all day alongside talented people, creating beautiful images. I'd love to do it!"

"Hmmmm", said the editor. "Right. Well, I'm just looking at some of your pics, and I must say, I'm wondering why the toast in this pic is covered in the soup. Could you explain that for me?"

"Errrrr", said Jorth, "I may have dropped it in the soup as I was trying to balance it on the bowl."

The editor groaned. "Butter, Ms Jorth, is welcome in this workplace. Butterfingers, however, are not. Now scoot!"

"Phangdang it!", thought Jorth as she trundled home. "At least the soup tasted good!"

Curried Pea and Lettuce Soup
1 iceberg lettuce, leaves washed well and roughly shredded
1 onion, diced
50 grams butter
3 cloves garlic, crushed
2 tablespoons hot curry powder
1 litre vegetable stock or water
500g frozen peas

1 - Melt the butter in a large saucepan, then saute the onion until tender and golden. Add the garlic and curry powder, and mix until combined. If you happen to have a cold, take this opportunity to stick you head right in the pan, and breath in deeply. We'll shake off that cold in no time - you, me and the peas!

2 - Add the lettuce, and stir so it is coated with the onion mixture. Wait until it wilts, then add the peas and stock.

3 - Bring to the boil, then simmer for 15 minutes. Let the soup cool, then blend until smooth. Reheat to serve, ideally with some yummy crusty bread smothered in avocado. Just don't drop it in the soup!


  1. I always enjoy your funny little stories on top of your fabulous recipes!!!!

  2. You make a simple recipe post so much more interesting to read! That soup looks really nice. Never thought of putting lettuce in soup before...

  3. thank you for the yummy recipe! my kids especially loved it after swim practice.

  4. Anonymous7:40 am

    Why didn't you say, "well, there's two reasons: 1) if you leave the soup neatly in the bowl, the viewer is going to completely miss out on what it offers in the way of texture and 2) when people find something especially yummy and they're eating unobserved, it's totally normal to use a bit of bread to sop it up or even take a swipe at it with a finger to nab the last vestiges on the way to taking the empty bowl to the sink - thus soup on the bread conveys that this soup is yummy enough to do just that. It's messy, but its sensual and intimate. People respond to that."
    Liars are the best marketers, so step up your lying game. Hang out with lawyers and journalists until it feels natural. Good luck! :D


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