Tuesday, December 6, 2011
For my first Dark Days post I decided to take the easy way out. I made a soup! For the next few weeks I am on a special diet where I cannot have meat or dairy. That makes these first few Dark Days posts interesting.
I went to my local co-op, Mississippi Market and bought the veggies for the soup. I got a small onion and a butternut squash from Wisconsin Growers in Mondovi, Wisconsin- 101 miles away. Then I picked up a 3 pound bag of assorted root veggies (carrots, turnips, parsnips, rutabagas and sunchokes) from Harmony Valley Farm in Viroqua, Wisconsin- 185 miles away.
A note about local food. My co-ops definition of local is: Products grown, made or processed by a business owned and located in MN, IA, WI, ND and SD. My definition is 250 miles, I believe the Dark Days Challenge is 200 miles and hardcore locavores is 100 miles. You should be able to drive to the farm and back in a day.
I was planning on sauteing an onion in butter, but I can't due to the Daniel Fast. Then I thought I could just use olive oil, my main oil, but realized that's not local. I decided not to make a trip up the my co-op to find a local sunflower oil and I will not be sauteing that onion. I was planning on putting wild rice in my soup. I have Minnesota grown wild rice. When I looked into the company on the package I found they are part of a corporation that is "America's leading brand of rice." Unless I know that corporation is farming sustainably the rice is not going to be a part of my soup.
After simmering for 1.5 hours I let the pot of veggies cool slightly. I strained out the vegetable chunks and set aside some of the liquid for vegetable stock. I then used a blender to puree the vegetables and added them back to the liquid.
OK, so it's not my favorite soup. If I could have added some ham, butter and cream it would have been awesome. Or SALT! This is a simple soup and it is good by itself. With my first post for the Dark Days Challenge I see that I will need to do more planning on certain types of ingredients like oil, meat and dairy. None the less, this is a local meal!