You might also know, I am not a very good cook. But I'm trying to do it more because I like to have control over what's in my food and, you know, everyone has to eat so I might as well try to make it healthy. So here is one of my favorite soups. It's my adaptation of one that David makes which is loosely based on Italian Wedding soup. It's pretty delicious and, I would say, most effective on the dark-cold-winter-anxiety type feelings.
Well now that we got the disclaimer out of the way, these are the ingredients. I trust you are bright enough to discern what they are without me listing them so I'm going to skip that. Also, I don't really do measurements- this is supposed to make your life easier, not harder! Ain't nobody got time for that. So just whatever you feel like or, you know, common sense always works. (Maybe this is why I'm not a great cook?)
Next, follow these very detailed instructions:
1. Choose a time during nap time. This is best so that when your toddler refuses to nap then they can come and help you in the kitchen. Thanks for the help Aiden! I don't know how I could have done it without you (cough much quicker cough).
2. Peel the potatoes. Not because it's necessary (the skin tastes fine! it's takes so much time to peel! there are probably nutrients in there!) but because that's what David does and he is the one who always makes this and you miss him (he's on a trip to Belgium).
3. Next boil the potatoes. They don't have to be thoroughly cooked- just get them started. Also, take lots of photo because... because.. actually I have no idea why.
4. While the potatoes are boiling chop the rest of the vegetables. Don't peel the carrots because it takes forever and, lets be honest, no one can tell by the time they are cooked in the soup anyway.
5. Periodically check on what level mess your toddler is causing. If it's classified as anything less than Superfund site, I recommend continuing what you were doing.
6. Brown the sausage. Think about vegetarianism for the 1029387583948th time.
8. Add two parts chicken stock and one part water to a pot with all the veggies and sausage and let it simmer for an hour. Take this time to survey the damage in your living room and marvel and the number of couch cushions spread across the living room.
9. When it's done, you can add some heavy cream if you like your soup cream-y or milk if that's what you have on hand. Or not, if you are of the superior opinion that broth-y soup is better. At this point, with the growing list of modifications, wonder if there will be much resemblance to the soup David makes.
10. Lastly, put the soup in the fridge and go to your brother's house. You hear they just spent $300 at the grocery store and his wife is a great cook who certainly doesn't take any photos while cooking. Weirdos.