Friday, October 25, 2013

Soup Night 5: Trip, Trip, Fall!

(Photos graciously provided by Captain Midnight, since I was too busy running around doing last-minute prep to remember my camera.)

So Thursday night was another iteration of the semi-regularly-recurring event known at our house as Soup Night. And we got cookin'.

In fact, this time I broke down and purchased a brand-new honkin' stockpot, as seen on the left, for the occasion. (We've done this enough times now that it seemed like a reasonable investment in future Soup Nights.)

At the time this picture was taken, our house was filled with the aromatic scents of cinnamon and ginger and star anise and galangal and coconut. Mmm yeah.

Miss V also provided plenty of seasonal ambiance by decorating the house with festive bleeding candles and changing lenticular portraits.

This time we made three soups:

Cinnamon Beef Noodles, here pictured without noodles (as has been mentioned on many occasions, I am THE GREATEST CINNAMON BEEF NOODLE COOK WHAT EVER LIVED),

Tom Kha Gai, this time made completely from scratch (and completely filling the pot),

and Pumpkin Cream Soup, for anyone who might be feeling cautious about zippy flavors.

Plus Fen and Mitch brought a bonus soup: Curried Pumpkin and Lentil, a nice thick pottage with roasted cumin seeds sprinkled on top.

We're all ready for guests.

And at 7 p.m., just like clockwork...

...guests appeared! As is tradition at Soup Night, they brought bowls and spoons, some bread, and a few brought extra folding chairs -- which came in very handy, because we had upward of 20 people this time. They even brought a birthday cake since one of our guests was having a birthday (happy #42, Joe!). People ate and chatted and goofed off and generally had a pleasant evening, based on the responses I've been getting on Facebook.

As always, if you missed Soup Night this time, don't fret; we'll have another one in a month or two!

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